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Mourinho furious with his side's first half display following Chelsea draw at Newcastle

FOOTBALL By Mirror | September 27th 2015

 

Jose Mourinho blasted Chelsea's first-half performance as 'minus one out of 10' following their 2-2 draw at Newcastle.

The Blues were a goal down at the break thanks to Ayoze Perez's goal, following some suspect defending from Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic.

Giorgino Wijnaldum doubled Newcastle's advantage on the hour, before late goals from Ramires and Willian rescued a point for Chelsea.

"It is a point," Mourinho told Sky Sports News. "That's what we got. Better than to lose but I'm never happy when I don't win matches.

"In the first half from 0-10, we were -1. Minus one. It was that bad. In the second half we played very well. Ramires and Willian moved the game, they brought more intensity, were much more dynamic. Newcastle could not cope with it.

"The referee stops the game too much, but we knew that. We know what he is like.

"I have to try to understand why they can play so bad in one half and so well in the other. We were bad in every aspect of the game. Poor individual performances and it was impossible to be a competitive team.

"We missed Costa, of course."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren was pleased with the point, despite the circumstances, and was delighted with his team's display.

He told the BBC: "A good result and a great performance, that's what we wanted. It's been a tough week and there was lots of pressure on the players today.

"That was more like it. We expect and demand a performance like that and they got the crowd behind them.

"You could see a determination in the players. Against the odds we grew into the game. The players showed real courage.

"Aleksandar Mitrovic has been missed and he can be a talisman for us. He is annoyed he hadn't scored but he can make a real difference for us."

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