Away trips are not something that Chelsea fans look forward to these days. The team’s form away from the Bridge this season has been poor so today’s result was no great shock.
On a day which saw derbies in Manchester and the North East, this all-London affair may have been somewhat overlooked. Not by Chelsea’s travelling fans though, hoping in vain to see their first away victory of the season.
After pre-match beverages in Floyd’s bar, nice of Charlton to name it after our Dutch striker, it was time to witness the seemingly inevitable away defeat.
As the game started it was clear that both teams wanted to play football. Backed by a noisy support, the Blues gradually got on top. Good moves saw Morris fire over, Zola hit the bar and Hasselbaink shoot agonisingly wide.
It was by no means one way traffic though. Ed de Goey had to make a couple of smart saves and Marcel Desailly was lucky to get away with just a yellow card after one particularly dodgy tackle.
But it was just when Chelsea seemed to be bossing the game when Charlton scored on the break.
After that, heads seemed to drop in the Chelsea team and half time could not come soon enough. But the second half got even worse and it ended up being the worst display of the season.
The performance was nothing short of a slap in the face for the long-suffering Blues away fans.