Marcos Alonso scored his first goal of the season to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Newcastle, lifting Frank Lampard's team provisionally into the top four of the Premier League.
Alonso broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute at Stamford Bridge as the Blues earned their fifth straight victory in all competitions. The play started with substitute Christian Pulisic as he entered the final third with purpose, laying it off for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who in turn assisted Alonson for the goal.
After a slow start to the campaign, Chelsea is now two points ahead of fifth-place Arsenal, which plays Sheffield United on Monday.
Ross Barkley, who scored twice for England in Bulgaria in European Championship qualifying, was handed a Chelsea start in place of the injured N'Golo Kante, but his afternoon was cut short by an injury and he limped off before the break.