Well we may never win the Premiership but give our boys a lolly, sunglasses and a nice beach to play on and we could just be the World champions at Beach football. Some people around me today were saying how bad the pitch was, I disagree. You couldn’t see it at all so how anyone could make that judgement is beyond me! I thought – for one scary moment – that I did spot a bit of green out there, but I think it was nothing more than Lumpy clearing his throat! My only concern is where on earth all the sand came from. I did notice that there were a few Camels sitting pitch side, maybe this has something to do with our Sponsors. With their flights being so expensive no one can afford to fly to the Emirates so hey, lets bring the Emirates to Stamford Bridge. However the pitch got to be like it was today, we should give serious consideration to leaving it just as it is after this performance.
One up within three minutes, a good cross from Soxy saw JFH pushed off the ball and the referee (for one of the few times in the game) made the right decision. Penalty and Jimmy made no mistake. 8 minutes later an excellent ball from the Gronk evaded a lunge from the hapless Powell leaving Gallas the perfect chance to make it two. He did with a powerful effort into the far corner, (in the way he should have done against Southampton!). Charlton had no option other than to come out and attack us, thus leaving huge gaps at the back. Eidur exploited one of these just after the half hour when his shot – albeit with a deflection (probably from that man Powell again!) – found the back of the net. It has been a while since we were 3 up before half time, and a surprising number of Charlton fans decided at this point to turn and head for home, buckets and spade in hand. There were other chances, but 3 minutes before half time Charlton were themselves awarded a penalty when the Rock was adjudged to have pulled back Lisbie. We should have added to the lead even then, when Eidur managed to blast over when put in from an excellent ball from Jimmy.
During the half time break there were Donkey rides for the children, a nice Punch & Judy show and loads of Candy Floss before the game kicked off once more. The second half was a one way show to say the least, and how Charlton managed to escape with conceding just one goal is a mystery to me. Dean Kiely – doing his best David Seaman impression – almost allowed a Soxy free kick to loop into the net, but made up for it a few minutes later when the same player shot and he somehow managed to palm the ball into the net. After that it was chance after chance after chance. Jimmy Floyd hit the inside of the post, while both Gallas and Zenden were guilty of glaring misses in front of goal. Did it matter? Did it heck! The only down side was that John Terry had to go off after 20 minutes after falling over a sandcastle and hurting his back. Manu switched to centre back and after a short period of adjustment, had a good solid game. Hopefully the injury to JT will not keep him out for long. The Referee, whoever he was, also did his best to spoil a flowing game with seven bookings in a match that hardly had a tackle worthy of the name. He even booked Eidur for taking the micky out of Kiely after Soxys goal!
Afterwards a mad, but very beautiful American woman by the name of Heidi Elizabeth III asked me if Chelsea always played that well. I had to be truthful and say no, but it is days like these that keep you going through the bad times. This was an exciting game, a dazzling performance and the results from teams around us made it seem to be worth even more than the three points available. I can only assume, after much debate, that this sand came from the Copacabana beach, as today we played like Brazilians. Lets hope the same is true seven days from now!
Team; Cudicini, Gallas, Terry (Morris 22), Desailly, Babayaro, Gronkjaer (Zenden 81), Lampard, Petit, Le Saux (Zola 78), Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen.
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Cole.