Chelsea beating Blackburn two nil was almost a side note yesterday, a great header from the born again Malouda after just four minutes was followed in the second half by a Premier League Golden Boot equalling 18th goal for Nicolas Anelka.
Two of the CFCnet banners were reversed and had the words ‘Thanks Guus’ spray painted on them, next to this was another banner asking for Guus to stay, a fan in the East Stand near the dugout had a cracking one saying ‘UEFA Champions League Final, Barcelona Vs Man United, sponsored by Platini.
Both Lampard and Morten Gamst Pederson had chances even before the first goal, Lampard had a left footed shot which unluckily came back off the bar. Just shy of the half hour mark saw a cracking move, where Drogba found Malouda, whose chip over the onrushing Paul Robinson was cleared off the line.
Anelka also looked in a great position to head home in the first half but Drogba taking a knock to the face saw play stopped by the ref. A few small chants of ‘Are you Norwegian’ were heard from the back of the Matthew Harding Upper after a couple of penalty shouts were turned down, José Bosingwa was, as far as I could tell, quite rightly booked for a dive in the first half too.
Dennis Wise got a superb welcome home reception at Half Time, chants of When Wise Went Up To Lift The F.A Cup and about that goal in the San Siro were ringing around the ground.
The second half wasn’t so much one of praise for the team, but more that of Guus Hiddink, in what was almost certainly his last time in the Stamford Bridge dugout. Chants of ‘There’s Only One Guus Hiddink’ echoed around the stadium for a long time before Guus acknowledged the fans by standing up, and bowing to the four stands, leading to a standing ovation from the whole stadium. This was followed by chants of ‘Roman, Roman sign him up’ and then the song that was then sung regularly for the last 25 minutes, ‘We want you to stay, we want you to sta-aaay, Guus Hiddink, we want you to stay’, there were quieter but still loud enough for Roman to hear chants of where Ancelotti can be stuck too.
On the pitch Lampard attempted to round Paul Robinson minutes after Anelka’s goal, but Robinson managed to take the ball off him, Anelka went close from the edge of the box, seeing his shot go just wide of the post.
Malouda’s cross found Drogba late on, with the Ivorian completely mis-placing his header, this was met by the MHL jokingly questioning ‘what the hell was that’ (only with a more offensive word proceeding hell), before singing Drogba’s name just to make him know that we love him really.
Tugay had Blackburn’s best chance when he let fly a thunderbolt of a shot with about quarter of an hour left, not too dis-similair to Anelka’s last week, but it was well saved by Petr Cech. Blacburns best chance in the first half was tipped round the post by Cech after a deflection.
An attacking game that saw ten shots on target for us and three from Blackburn was a good end to our home season.
The show of support for Guus Hiddink was magnificent, with a large portion of the second half spent with fans singing his name, the ‘We Want You To Stay’ chants were loud and long, leaving Hiddink in no doubt as to whether us Chelsea fans have been impressed with our team since he took the reigns.
After the match and before the lap of honour, Chelsea legends Dennis Wise, Ron Harris and John Terry presented birthday boy fellow legend Roy Bentley with a Bentley 85 shirt (his age) signed by the whole first team, Bentley then danced his way over to the Matthew Harding End, before seemingly looking over for Terry’s approval before giving his present to a fan. Chants of ‘Super Roy Bentley’ encouraged the man himself to prolong his dancing, a truly memorable sight and a jovial way to end the home season. Dennis Wise was also reminded what we thought of his goal at the San Siro.
The players then took to the field to see off the fans and thank us for our support, as we applauded the boys in blue, most had their kids with them. Hiddink said a few words, initially it looked like the ‘We Want You To Stay’ chants were going to drown Hiddink out, but they started to quieten down to hear what Guus had to say to us. Being the man he is, he decided against stepping into the limelight during the lap of honour, staying more towards the centre circle, leaving the players to received most of the attention.
The players then gave Hiddink a guard of honour, which gave the fans another chance to chant and make no secret of who we want in charge next season, after walking up and down the middle alone, Hiddink pushed Wilkins and other members of his backroom staff into the middle, before dancing down the middle with Roy Bentley.
A truly memorable end of season celebrations was then brought to a close, with two matches still to play.