Taylor (left) stole in late on to equalise for Newcastle
By Saj Chowdhury
Steven Taylor's stoppage-time header handed Newcastle a point against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Branislav Ivanovic gave Chelsea the lead when he volleyed in Frank Lampard's left-wing corner.
Newcastle equalised when Ryan Taylor's driven free-kick took a huge deflection off team-mate Jonas Gutierrez, who was awarded the goal.
Alex headed in what appeared to be the winner late on before Steven Taylor popped up unmarked with seconds left.
It was a dramatic end to a curious match in which Chelsea dominated possession and Newcastle fought tigerishly without causing the opposition defence many problems.
With little to play for except positions, the match began surprisingly brightly.
The Blues began with £50m striker Fernando Torres and his flick-on from Lampard's corner was converted by Ivanovic to give the home side the lead after only two minutes.
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Newcastle were without the experience of Cheik Tiote and Kevin Nolan and with safety sealed were looking less sharp than usual.
So in a first half where their share of possession had been as low as 35%, they were lucky to haul themselves back level.
Fortune was indeed the key component of the equaliser. Chelsea defender John Terry gave away a free-kick for a challenge on Peter Lovenkrands for which he was booked.
Ryan Taylor, taking over the free-kick duties from Joey Barton, fired his 20-yard effort into the wall which took a major deflection off Gutierrez en route to the Chelsea goal.
The Argentine ran away to the referee Lee Mason claiming that it was his goal and there was no argument.
Luck almost went against Newcastle later in the half when Ashley Cole's fizzing cross from the left was cut out by Newcastle's Jose Enrique but almost went in off fellow Magpie Ryan Taylor.
That was as near as Chelsea got to adding a second before the break but they looked more threatening in and around the Newcastle area after the interval.
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First, Nicolas Anelka had a swipe at Josh McEachran's deflected shot, sending the ball fractionally wide, before Torres had his goalbound thump brilliantly blocked by the backside of Barton.
Newcastle had drawn six and lost 11 of their previous 17 league games at Stamford Bridge, so they were doing well to keep the scores at 1-1.
But with eight minutes of normal time remaining Newcastle's valiant resistance was broken when Lampard flung in a free-kick from the left which was powered into the bottom corner by Alex.
Chelsea were now odds-on to take victory, but in their final home game of the season, which could be manager Carlo Ancelotti's last in charge of the Blues at this ground, they were dealt a blow from the head of Steven Taylor right at the end.
He was left unmarked to head in after substitute Nile Ranger had nodded Ryan Taylor's corner across goal.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "We started the game well, playing well and scoring, and were unlucky to concede.
"We had a lot of difficulties but scored again. We needed more concentration at the end.
"We've conceded in the last minute a lot of times this season. We've lost a lot of points that way."
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Didier Drogba meeting during match: "I'm a big fan. I don't think I'll entice him to the North East.
"Foreign players come to these shores and some set the example for others to follow. He's done that at Chelsea, and he'll probably continue to do that."
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