Man of the match? Has to be Man Utd stalwart Howard Webb who had an awful afternoon from a Chelsea point of view including a shocking penalty for a ‘foul’ on Danny Welbeck.
Sky’s Man Utd bias came to the fore with a laughable decision to make Wayne Rooney their man of the match simply for scoring two penalties. To be honest he wasn’t even Man U’s best player. What cannot be hidden though was the fact that we let a comfortable three goal lead slip after 55 minutes.
Having weathered an early storm when Sir Alex berated his favourite referee after he had the cheek to turn down a penalty, Chelsea eased into gear and dominated our friends from the north. An own goal from the hapless Evans started our scoring nine minutes before the break after good work by young Danny Sturridge.
After the break Nando set up Mata for a crashing drive into the net for our second with the third being a header from David Luiz which deflected off of ‘the other Ferdinand’ into the net. At that stage it looked like the game was home and hosed. The first of Mr Webb’s interventions came when he alleged that Sturridge barged into everyone’s favourite full back Evra and awarded the pen. The second ‘penalty’ was given for a ‘foul’ by Branner on Danny Welbeck, The third goal came from Hernandez who nodded in a pinpoint cross from ‘family man’ Giggs. Mata nearly won it for Chels with a free kick which De Gea saved. So a disappointing result after holding such a commanding lead.
With no JT, Ash and Lamps in the starting line up it was a very strange looking line up. The decision to play Boswinga at left back rather then the promising Bertrand was slightly controversial but the return to the starting line up of Bison Essien was a great lift, especially with Ramires being injured.
Gary Cahill made his much awaited debut and looked reasonably solid in handling his England team mates Welbeck and Rooney. With regards to the Premier League, this result leaves us one point ahead of Newcastle and six behind the Spuds who are third. Unless Spurs self implode, which is possible of ‘Arry goes down, then we seem to be in a battle for fourth with Newcastle, Arsenal and Liverpool.
With a tricky trip to Everton coming up next the two points dropped today were essential for us to retain Champions League status for next season. Hopefully our English trio will be back next match so that’s something to be thankful for. As for today’s bench, was that the youngest we’ve had in a Premiership match. Other than the old boy Paulo the others were in their teens or early 20’s. So another frustrating day for the blue faithful, onwards and upwards for us all and keep the faith.