It was an ugly game at Goodison Park as Chelsea came off 2nd best to see their lead at the top of the Premier League cut to a point.
Louis Saha gave Ancelotti’s side a taste of what Arsenal had to deal with against Didier Drogba on Sunday as he dominated Terry and Carvalho, and was ultimately the difference between the sides with his 2 goals.
It could’ve been so different for the visitors, who took the lead in the 17th minute through Florent Malouda.
A long Petr Cech clearance was flicked on by Didier Drogba, and there was Malouda to lash home his 6th goal of the season.
Route one stuff, and it was about as creative as Chelsea got all night, as Anelka, as well as late substitutes Sturridge and Kalou failed to break down a resilient Toffees defence.
In fact it was John Terry and co who struggled defensively, the under fire skipper at fault for both Saha goals, firstly allowing the Frenchman toe get the run on him from a corner, before being out manoeuvred for the winner.
It looked at times, after they had taken the lead, like Chelsea felt they could stroll to the victory.
However, David Moyles’ side had other ideas, as they handed their boss his first managerial win over the Londoners.
It will be a worry to Chelsea fans after the club suffered its fourth defeat of the season, and all away from Stamford Bridge.
If this travel sickness were to continue the chance of bringing the title back to the Bridge will be slim, especially with trips to Old Trafford, White Hart Lane and Anfield to come, all places they were beaten last season.
There were few chances crafted on the night, Frank Lampard fired over in the first half, and Anelka missed from 7 yards but overall it was a frustrating performance.
One positive on the night was to see Petr Cech save Saha’s penalty on the stroke of half time, but it only delayed the inevitable as on 75 minutes he chested down and fired through the big keeper’s hands to win the game.
Chelsea pressed for an equaliser late on but couldn’t find a way through, with John Heitinga and Sylvain Distin in no mood to let the lead slip.
Drogba and Lampard came closest to finding the leveller, Lampard forcing a good low save from Tim Howard whilst Drogba thumped a header against the bar.
Chelsea’s cause wasn’t helped by the loss of Ashley Cole after a challenge by Landon Donovan, forcing the England defender off, and adding insult to injury on a poor night that once again reopens the door to Manchester United.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Donovan, Arteta (Rodwell 74), Osman, Bilyaletdinov (Gosling 86), Cahill, Saha (Senderos 90).
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Carvalho, Ashley Cole (Ballack 56), Lampard, Mikel (Sturridge 76), Zhirkov, Anelka (Kalou 66), Drogba, Malouda
Man of the Match: John Obi Mikel