Chelsea went into the final game of the season needing just a point to confirm qualification for the Uefa Cup. Given the managerial switch after just five matches a top six finish is no disgrace, but the Blues’ league placings over the last three seasons – third, fifth, sixth – tell the story. We are a team going backwards.
The first half started off low-key and the City fans sang about how wonderful they are. While sympathetic to their plight one thing that City supporters can’t moan about is a lack of excitement.
Dennis Wise put Chelsea in front with a fine half-volley and celebrated by blowing kisses in all directions. City equalised before the interval when Steve Howie headed in a corner.
Chelsea retook the lead in the second half when Zola set up Hasselbaink who drove a shot past Nash. That cemented the Dutchman’s position as the Premiership’s top scorer. This time Chelsea held on to the lead but City had two rather good penalty shouts turned down.
There were bizarre scenes at the end though as City fans invaded the pitch, closely followed by mounted police. There’s never a dull minute at Maine Road.