DeAndre Yedlin endured quite the roller-coaster performance in Newcastle’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday.
On the positive side, the former Seattle Sounders Homegrown Player made his second consecutive Premier League start — after a bit of an injury scare in his first — and registered the game-tying assist. It was Yedlin’s first assist of the season and his 11th since moving to England. Yedlin finished with just 65.2 percent passing, as Newcastle was pinned back most of the day, but he did have four tackles, an interception and five clearances.
The assist was a bit controversial, though, as replays showed Yedlin elbowing Olivier Giroud just before whipping in the inch-perfect cross. If the Premier League had VAR, it’s entirely likely the goal would have been disallowed.
As if forced to repay the soccer gods, Yedlin was punished just a few minutes later when his missed clearance resulted in an own-goal that ended up being Chelsea’s game-winner.