In a strange way you have to respect the Rottenham fans who showed up at the Bridge today. After ten barren years they only have distant memories of beating Chelsea.
They were never going to end that run today. Despite starting better Spurs fell behind after a blatant handball gifted Chelsea an early penalty.
The Blues still struggled to create chances but a diving header by Zola doubled the lead. The Chelsea fans then decided to sing what the Spurs fans were thinking: “Graham out!”
At half time Kerry Dixon was introduced to the crowd. He of course starred in many victories against Spurs and scored numerous classic goals against them.
In the second half, Chelsea’s best striker since Dixon, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, struck home an absolute pearler. He left it late but his net-busting long-range drive with vicious swerve was the highlight of the afternoon.
Inevitably, the Chelsea fans continued taunting their Spurs counterparts. “It’s only been ten years” was followed by “It’s gonna be ten more”.
There was a lot of niggle in the second half. Ed de Goey took a kick to the head when he was on the floor, Frank Leboeuf got clattered and Sherwood shoved Wise under the ref’s nose.
More interesting was the petulance of the Blue Peter garden vandal, Les Ferdinand. He was increasingly frustrated with his team-mates’ shortcomings, often throwing his arms about and staring up at the heavens in exasperation.
He must realise by now, Rottenham will never beat the Chelsea.