Avram Grant’s Chelsea weren’t able to celebrate victory at St James’ Park in the penultimate game of the 2007-08 Premier League season - for one very good reason.
They were still hoping Manchester United would slip up on the final day to allow them to claim their third Premier League trophy in four years.
The two sides had been neck and neck all season and Chelsea would have been quietly confident going into the final game after recording a 2-0 away win at Newcastle, who they take on again this Saturday lunchtime, in their previous fixture.
But in the end it was Chelsea who slipped up drawing at home to Bolton while Manchester United beat Wigan to win the league by two points.
At St James’ Park, goals from Michael Ballack and Florent Malouda were enough for the Blues to take the title race into the final game of the season.
Chelsea would have been weary prior to kick-off knowing they hadn’t recorded a league victory on Tyneside since December 2001.
And with the Magpies sitting comfortably in mid-table all the pressure was all on the visitors.
The first half was fairly uneventful with the best chance falling to Newcastle’s record signing, Michael Owen, who saw his effort cleared off the line by then England team-mate John Terry .
Chelsea took control of the game on the hour mark when Ballack rose unmarked to nod home a Didier Drogba free-kick and open the scoring.
Grant’s side dominated the game from this point onwards and the introduction of Frank Lampard was key as he created the second for Malouda with a clever through ball.
The Frenchman was sent one on one by fan favourite Lampard and was able to slide the ball under Newcastle's onrushing keeper Steve Harper.
This proved to be not only the penultimate game of the season, but the penultimate game of Grant’s time at the club.
Despite taking the club to the Champions League final, the League Cup final and contesting the Premier League title to the last day of the season, a lack of silverware meant his contract was terminated by Roman Abramovich who had been used to so much success with Jose Mourinho. Luiz Felipe Scolari took over the following season.
Mourinho, back at the helm now in his second stint in charge, is still on course for an incredible four-trophy haul this term. Grant was last month named Ghana's new coach.
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