Sunderland were the latest victims to be bored by a Chelsea team ready to sit back scarping a win. Chelsea, lead out by the pensioners, started slow, with a Malouda long ranger glancing wide and Alex’s free kick hitting the wall. The first good attempt came on the 15th minute, when Lampard played a beautiful ball out wide to Jole Cole, who cut inside and played the ball to Deco who’se shot from the edge of the box unluckily came back off the top of the bar.
Chelsea’s two biggest cheers of the first 25 minutes were Arsenal being a goal down and Hull City equalising. Chants of ‘Come on Chelsea’ after 25 minutes were instantly met by the players, with Lampard’s ball wide, Joe Cole’ cut inside and left footed shot was saved by Fulop, who could have done better with it, ith the ball falling to Alex for a simple two yard tap in.
Minutes later a one two between Lampard and Deco ended with Lampard unselfishly choosing to pass and not shoot from inside the area, with Alex sliding in to direct the ball on target, and Anelka doing what any good striker would do and robbing the goal off Alex by tapping it in from a yard out.
Ashley Cole then had to come off through injury with Wayne Bridge taking his place, one of Obi Mikel’s customary shocking shots hitting the upper tier was one of the only attempts
Just before the break, when it looked like Chelsea would go into the break two to the good, Joe Cole cut inside this time in front of the East Stand for Chelsea’s third goal, playing the ball inside to Lampard, who fed Malouda with a first time pass, with the Frenchmen setting up his countryman Anelka for the simplest of tap ins for his brace.
Joe Cole’s run to the by-line and chip to the back post was met by Lampard’s third header of the season, Chelsea’s fourth of the match. Unchallenged from the edge of the six yard box.
John Terry’s pass to set Malouda free resulted in a cut back to Anelka who’se shot hit the keeper and went in, completing the Frenchman’s first hat trick for Chelsea.
Drogba, who was warming up, responded to our fans chants of ‘Drogba whats the score?’ With an exaggerated look over at the scoreboard before answering the question.
Anelka’s pass to Bosingwa was crossed low to Malouda to turn home, but the whistle had gone for offside some time before the finish.
Both Drogba and Minerio came on for Chelsea, with Joe Cole and Nicolas Anelka coming off, both getting a great reception
Chelsea could afford to be slightly wasteful, with Bosingwa’s sliced shot just about managed to go off for a goal kick. Sunderland’s only real chance of note ended with Cisse’s touch letting him down and Cech coming out to clear the ball.
Deco’s pass to Lampard was then sent off down the line to Bosingwa, the Portugeezeer’s low cross ran all the way to Bridge, who chipped it back in but with no one really in the box was forced to pick out Drogba who wasn’t situated well for a headed shot, so instead chose to head it across to Malouda, however with the ball headed down and bouncing on the floor it was always going to be hard for Malouda’s header to gain much power, with it failing to really trouble the keeper.
The last 25 minutes, much like the first 25 minutes, failed to create many good chances, although throughout the last 25 we played with more style and knew we could afford to squander chances and take our foot off the gas.