Marcos Alonso admits Chelsea are nevertheless a operate in progress in spite of climbing into the major 4.

Alonso’s aim 17 minutes from time secured a 1- win more than Newcastle, the Blues’ fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.

The Spaniard hailed the improvement beneath new boss Frank Lampard but insists there is nevertheless extra to come.

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

“We have numerous possibilities in the group and this is very good. The group is having much better, we are enhancing game by game and we have to have to continue in this way,” Alonso told the club web-site.

“We are moving the ball promptly, our press is very good and we are carrying out a very good job as a group. We have clear suggestions and we have to continue in this way.

“It was incredibly essential to win soon after the international break. We played with a lot of patience and at the finish we got the aim, we kept grafting and got a very good reward.

“It’s a new season with new employees and there’s area for improvement but considering that the starting we have enhanced a lot. We have to have to maintain focused on every game and operate really hard in education.”

Defeat was harsh on Newcastle, who dropped back into the bottom 3, and manager Steve Bruce saw a lot of factors for optimism.

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

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

Bruce mentioned: “We’ve had a truly hard get started 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 truly challenging get started.

“The way the players went about their jobs, and their work and commitment, I couldn’t have faulted.

“We looked a threat on the break, and if we can be a bit extra cautious with the final pass, then of course the large factor is we have to discover some ambitions.

“But, absolutely in the 1st half in specific, we looked a threat.”

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