At the end of the 90 minutes there was an emergency evacuation exercise planned for the 35,000 packed into Stamford Bridge. If we had lost this game they need not have bothered. This was a game we simply had to win.
After our defeat at Sunderland, the moaning in this week’s press about our manager’s lack of English and the club’s debt mountain you can almost hear the press pack sharpening their knives ready for the kill.
It’s not that we have played especially particularly poorly this season. Our defence and attack remain world class the problem is clearly in midfield which is lightweight, lacking both power and drive. Even Dennis Wise has been off-colour this season, getting caught in possession time and again. Can the terrier be losing his legs?
That we won today was in no small measure due to the return of Gustavo Poyet and the dynamic display of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who was simply awesome. His penalty looked debatable – he went down as if a sniper had shot him – but the rest of his display was a lesson in the art of goal-scoring.
You had to feel sorry for Gordon Strachan. When Coventry were reduced to ten men he bravely decided to chase the game at the risk of conceding more goals. Whinging Sky Blues fans need to take a hard look at themselves though as the acres of empty seats in the away end hardly signified loyalty to the cause.
But the day belonged to Jimmy – no question about that.