Reporter mocks Newcastle for celebrating after beating Chelsea on Saturday
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Reporter mocks Newcastle for celebrating after beating Chelsea on Saturday

Newcastle United fans and players celebrated wildly after the Magpies beat Chelsea on Saturday night, and rightly so.

It was a huge win for Eddie Howe’s side, who have won five Premier League games in a row going into the World Cup break.

The Magpies are currently 11 games unbeaten in all competitions, and will stay third in the table until at least Christmas – with league football set to return on Boxing Day.

It has been a remarkable start to the season for Newcastle. There were high expectations going into the campaign, but no one expected this.

Howe has turned last season’s relegation certainties into Champions League contenders, and deserves immense credit for that.

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The win against Chelsea was special. It was the final game before the World Cup, underneath the St James’ Park lights. The winning goal was a screamer, and there was a bit of needle in the final stages of the game.

It was a proper contest, and Newcastle rightly celebrated like the winners they were at the full time whistle – once the Chelsea players had given up trying to fight anyone in black and white.

The scenes inside SJP were amazing, but apparently they were a bit over the top for one man.

Athletic reporter Simon Johnson mocks Newcastle after Chelsea win

The Athletic’s Simon Johnson was in attendance to cover the game, and made an interesting remark on what happened after the full time whistle and post-match scrap.

He wrote on Twitter: “Newcastle players are doing a lap of honour…is it the final game of the season?”

Yes, the Newcastle players did do a lap of honour. And no, it wasn’t the final game of the season. Instead, they were just doing what they do after every home game and showing their appreciation to the supporters.

Why is celebrating suddenly deemed a bad thing? It was a strange comment to make, especially when he perhaps should have been focussing on another limp display from the team he covers.

There was a lot of passion inside St James’ Park after the game. Tempers flared at the full time whistle, and it incited huge roars from the likes of Nick Pope and Joelinton in front of the Leazes End.

Then Howe and his staff did what they always do, and applauded the supporters for cheering them on – followed by the post-win dressing room photo which always seems to anger outsiders as well.

There is a real connection between the club and the players right now. It is the start of something special. And it is getting under the skin of those outside the Newcastle United bubble. Long may it continue.