Manager Frank Lampard says Chelsea must’ stay humble ‘after finishing second in Premier League table after solid win against Newcastle

An own goal from Federico Fernandez and a strike from Tammy Abraham ensured a fifth consecutive victory in all competitions

Chelsea’s fifth league win of the season left them briefly atop the table, ahead of today’s leader Leicester on goal difference, before Tottenham fell two points down at the top after beating Manchester City later Saturday

“I know we’re leading the league for five minutes, but we have to think about the big picture,” Lampard said ahead of Tottenham game

“We know there are improvements and work to be done We must remain humble”

Fernandez’s own goal put the Blues in their way, the Argentine defender passing the ball over his own line under pressure from Ben Chilwell

Chelsea oozed quality, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow making excellent saves to deny excellent Timo Werner and a header from Abraham at close range

But Abraham secured the points with a smart finish after Werner’s pass after Newcastle threatened by Isaac Hayden and Joelinton, while Sean Longstaff hit the bar for the hosts towards the end

It was the first of nine games in the next four weeks for Lampard’s side, and the Chelsea boss had to prepare without several key players who were still on international duty 48 hours before that game

This had prompted Lampard to demand that Saturday’s early departures be canceled immediately after an international break, but the Blues got off to a fierce start that surprised Newcastle

Werner and Abraham had already been upset by Darlow when Chelsea quickly took the lead with Fernandez inadvertently pushing Mason Mount’s cross past his own keeper after a short turn

It was Chelsea’s 35th goal in 14 league and cup games, but it should have been more before half-time

Werner, who had an effort denied for offside late, has been a creative force throughout, but the German striker has also been a waste

Antonio Rudiger, starting in place of Thiago Silva, 36, who had played for Brazil in midweek, marked his first start to the league season with a big block to deny Allan Saint-Maximin as the Blues scored a sixth clean sheet in seven games

Abraham’s second goal in as many league games helped secure points before Mount was close to adding a third

Wilson, missing with a hamstring injury, has scored six of his side’s 10 goals this season, but Newcastle have never recovered after falling behind early

“This is the fifth time we’ve been down with five or 10 minutes of play and we need to fix it,” said Steve Bruce, Magpies boss.

Darlow kept his side in the game with some important saves before Abraham’s arrival in the second half killed the game

Newcastle’s cause was not helped by the loss of Jamaal Lascelles to injury as the captain failed to appear early in the second half after a heavy fall

Bruce sent Miguel Almiron, who only returned from international service with Paraguay on Friday, and Andy Carroll to try to save a point

Carroll looked set to score his first goal since returning to Newcastle for a second period 15 months ago, but his time-out attempt was deflected for a corner kick

“I’m frustrated because we can’t get a result,” added Bruce, whose team has won once in five games. “I can’t find any excuse but we’ve played three of the top six in the last weeks “

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: “We were better in the second half and got higher on the pitch and had some great moments

“There was a lot to like about this second half performance Unfortunately we couldn’t take our chance and Chelsea punished us with a bad goal we gave away”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “I’m glad It was a dangerous game for us We lost here last season

“We could have scored more goals – it was a frustration – but in general the guys handled it really well It’s a hugely important win”

As Newcastle visit Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Friday (8:00 p.m. GMT), Chelsea are in France on Tuesday to face Rennes in Group E of the Champions League (5:55 p.m.) They then host Tottenham on Sunday November 29 (4:30 p.m.)

Attempt blocked Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Mason Mount

Attempt blocked Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked Assisted by Isaac Hayden

Attempt blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) with right foot shot from outside the box is blocked Assisted by Tammy Abraham

Recorded attempt Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is recorded in the upper left corner Assisted by Joelinton

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