Chelsea climbed to the top of the English Premier League for the first time in over two years with a comfortable 2-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday.
The blues scored courtesy of Federico Fernandez’s first half own goal and Tammy Abraham’s strike after the interval.
Frank Lampard’s side got lucky in the 10th minute when a short corner caught Newcastle flat-footed. Mason Mount whipped in a low cross and Fernandez turned it into his own net under pressure from Ben Chilwell at the far post.
Werner should have doubled Chelsea’s lead from a Mount’s pass, but the German forward scuffed his shot wide from 10 yards.
Chelsea had a golden opportunity to kill them off when Werner robbed the slacking Fabian Schar and raced into the Newcastle area, but instead of shooting he played an awful pass to Hakim Ziyech that was easily cleared.
But the West London side put the result beyond doubt in the 65th minute when Werner accelerated away from the Newcastle defence and slipped a pass to Abraham, who guided his shot past Darlow off the post.
Sean Longstaff’s shot that struck the bar was the closest Newcastle came to a goal.
Before Saturday, Chelsea had won only once in their previous seven visits to Newcastle.
They moved above Leicester on goal difference and are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and haven’t lost in their last six league matches.
Edouard Mendy, who joined in the summer, has now kept four clean sheets in five games, the most of any goalkeeper in the league this season.