Ian Wright believes Chelsea could have beaten Newcastle had they been more effective in wide areas.
Frank Lampard’s side were beaten by Issac Hayden’s injury-time winner at St James’ Park, having dominated the game but failed to find the net.
And pundit Wright feels the Blues paid the price for a lack of quality in attack.
Speaking on Match of the Day, the former Arsenal and England striker said: “They were continuously going into Newcastle’s strengths – they were going inside. I thought they could have gone a little bit wider.
“But what you see, which is evident for everyone to see, is that the special player who can open a team up when they need it, they don’t have that.”
Boss Lampard made it clear after the game that he intends to add to his attacking options during this month’s transfer window.
“We know we have problems at the top end of the pitch and don’t get enough goals,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“Scoring when around their goals solidly for massive parts of the game is something we need to address as a club. We are working on that on the pitch.
“But we need to be clinical. It’s a reality. I will always defend the players and am pleased with the players we have but we can’t work any more in training on finishing. We finish and we finish and sometimes you need that killer instinct in front of goal.
“In times we have had it, but we need to score more goals from frontline areas. I know where we need to strengthen but we’ll see.”