The sale of Tore André Flo upset many Chelsea supporters but it was sadly inevitable. A player of his undoubted talent cannot be kept happy with a string of substitute appearances dotted with the occasional start. It is a great shame that he felt he had to go but £12 million helps to soften the blow.

Edgar Davids is the latest name to be linked to the club, hot on the heels of Pavel Nedved rumours. A far cheaper way of getting the Blues fans smiling again would be to get Jon Harley back in the first team. So it was a welcome surprise to see him announced among today’s substitutes.

You could have been forgiven for thinking that there was was not a game on at Goodison Park today.

There was no noise before kick-off and little after. You get more of an atmosphere at an accountants’ convention.

Chelsea looked unhappy. It was noticeable that as the players warmed up before the game none of them were smiling. It even took a shout of “cheer up” to get a grin out of Dennis Wise.

Fans who tried to beat the half-time rush to the toilets by going early missed the highlight of the half. Bang on 45 minutes, Sam Dalla Bona rifled a low shot into the net from outside the penalty area.

Within two minutes of the restart, Chelsea hit the post and Everton equalised. Things went downhill from there. Hasselbaink got sent off and Everton scored again. Another miserable away trip for travelling fans.

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