After exiting the League Cup midweek at the hands of Arsenal, Chelsea ensured it reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the 18th time in the last 20 seasons.

Marcos Alonso scored a stunning free kick to seal the victory after out-of-favor Batshuayi had given Chelsea a scarcely deserved 2-0 halftime lead against Newcastle.

It was only a second win — inside 90 minutes — in eight games for Chelsea in what has been a testing January. Various reports have suggested the club is looking to recruit a new striker, but it was the sparingly used Batshuayi who delivered on this occasion.

Michy Batshuayi the hero
Michy Batshuayi the hero
“For sure the performance for the press (media) depends a lot if a striker score or not score,” said Conte of his striker, who has scored 10 goals this season and also been linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge.

“For me it’s important to score because it means that you have a probability to win, but at the same time it’s very important that the striker has to work very well for the team.”

Source: AP