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Oct 19, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Attendance: 40,513
Chelsea
1-0
NewcastleNewcastle United
Alonso (73')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Marcos Alonso: 'Chelsea still improving under Frank Lampard'

Marcos Alonso: 'Chelsea still improving under Frank Lampard'
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The defender was on target in the 1-0 victory which was a fifth consecutive success in all competitions.

Marcos Alonso admits Chelsea are still a work in progress despite climbing into the top four.

Alonso's goal 17 minutes from time secured a 1-0 win over Newcastle, the Blues' fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.

The Spaniard hailed the improvement under new boss Frank Lampard but insists there is still more to come.

Marcos Alonso, right, has hailed Chelsea's progress under Frank Lampard
Marcos Alonso, right, has hailed Chelsea's progress under Frank Lampard (Steven Paston/PA)

"We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way," Alonso told the club website.

"We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.

"It was very important to win after the international break. We played with a lot of patience and at the end we got the goal, we kept grafting and got a good reward.

"It's a new season with new staff and there's room for improvement but since the beginning we have improved a lot. We need to keep focused on each game and work hard in training."

Defeat was harsh on Newcastle, who dropped back into the bottom three, and manager Steve Bruce saw plenty of reasons for optimism.

Steve Bruce saw reasons for optimism in his side's loss to Chelsea
Steve Bruce saw reasons for optimism in his side's loss to Chelsea (Steven Paston/PA)

The Magpies now face a run of more favourable fixtures, with a visit from Wolves next up followed by a trip to West Ham and matches against Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

Bruce said: "We've had a really difficult start in terms of who we've played – we've played Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and now Chelsea, and we've been away to Leicester. We've had a really tough start.

"The way the players went about their jobs, and their effort and commitment, I couldn't have faulted.

"We looked a threat on the break, and if we can be a bit more careful with the final pass, then of course the big thing is we have to find some goals.

"But, certainly in the first half in particular, we looked a threat."

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