Joe Willock stunner hands Chelsea longest Premier League winless run in a decade, piling pressure on Graham Potter, and leaves Newcastle two points off of champions Manchester City

    Joe Willock’s stunning match-winning strike for Newcastle left Chelsea with their longest Premier League winless run in a decade.

    The former Arsenal man bagged the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win, firing in emphatically in the 67th minute at St James’ Park.

    Willock’s wonder-strike was one to cherish

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    Willock’s wonder-strike was one to cherish

    And Potter might be worried

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    And Potter might be worried

    Eddie Howe’s Magpies now boast an impressive five-game winning streak in the league, and are unbeaten in nine games as they continue to stick around at the top of the table.

    Perhaps even more impressively, Newcastle are now just two points behind champions Manchester City, who remain in second place after a 2-1 defeat to Brentford.

    For Chelsea though, alarm bells will have started ringing at Stamford Bridge with their longest winless run in the league since 2012.

    The last time they failed to win in five or more games was October to December of ‘12 when they went seven games without victory.

    That run began under Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo, and was finished by the much-maligned Rafael Benitez at Stamford Bridge.

    The form table doesn’t make for good reading for Graham Potter, who started his stint as Blues boss with a nine-game unbeaten run, featuring seven wins.

    Boehly might have to start questioning his decision

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    Boehly might have to start questioning his decision

    Now though, he’d kill for one, having been made the first hire of Todd Boehly’s reign as owner since he took control of the club from Roman Abramovich, and sacked Champions League-winning boss Thomas Tuchel.

    Sources told talkSPORT back in September that Boehly was keen to do things differently to his trigger-happy predecessor, and Potter would be given ample time.

    It was also claimed that he wouldn’t even come under pressure if the Blues failed to land a top four spot, but that stoic stance may well be put to the test after the World Cup, with Chelsea now eighth in the Premier League table.

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