The biggest goal of Newcastle United's season came off the head of midfielder Isaac Hayden.
Hayden's 94th-minute header, his first goal of the season, handed Newcastle a 1-0 win over fourth-place Chelsea at St. James' Park. Magpies winger Allan Saint-Maximin served up a perfect cross to Hayden, and Blues goalkeeper could only helplessly punch at Hayden's bouncing header.
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Chelsea managed 70 percent possession, but couldn't break down Newcastle's defense. The Magpies absorbed plenty of pressure late in the match, but the Blues managed just four shots on target in Saturday's match.
Hayden's goal moved Newcastle all the way up to 12th place, seven points clear of the final relegation spot. St. James' Park hasn't had the best atmosphere this season, with Newcastle resorting to handing season-ticket holders free tickets in order to fill the ground while many supporters skip out on games entirely, largely in protest of owner Mike Ashley. But members of Toon Army had plenty to cheer about Saturday, thanks to Hayden's late winner.
Chelsea dropping all three points, meanwhile, leaves the door just open enough for their rivals in Manchester, London and elsewhere. Now nine points back of second-place Manchester City and only five ahead of fifth-place Manchester United, Chelsea's grip on the final UEFA Champions League place feels a bit more precarious. Upstart Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United are knocking on the door, too, and eighth-place Tottenham Hotspur are eight points back and play Chelsea next month.
Over their next four Premier League matches, Chelsea plays Arsenal, third-place Leicester City, Manchester United and Spurs. The Blues could have used all three points Saturday, but their loss gives their rivals a chance in the chase for the Champions League.