Loyal Chelsea fans making the trip to Highfield Road deserve either a medal or a lobotomy. The Blues have not managed to register a win in Coventry for nine years and have failed to secure three points from an away match all season.

So a victory today seemed about as likely as Dennis Wise lasting a whole season without his name finding its way inside a referee’s notebook. This may seem unduly pessimistic given Coventry’s perilous position but Chelsea’s travelling support has good reason for its confidence shortage this season.

The two best chances of the first half both came in the first five minutes, one at each end. Grønkjæer set up Chelsea’s from the left wing, where he was terrorising the Coventry defence, but Gudjohnsen’s effort was saved. Hasselbaink and Wise also went close later in the half but Chelsea looked nervous at the back throughout.

Richard Shaw spent most of the half trying to get intimate with Eidur Gudjohnsen. Every time the ball came his way Shaw was all over him like a rash and even had the cheek to complain on the rare occasions when he was penalised. Desailly picked up an injury which prevented from staring the second half. John Terry took his place alongside Frank Leboeuf. Again Chelsea had an early chance, this time Poyet fired narrowly wide.

Blues fans’ patience was running low as the half wore on and by the end they were chanting “Vialli”. Claudio Ranieri is the one who needs the lobotomy, not the increasingly disillusioned travelling supporters.