Monday 10 March
A happy 109th birthday to one and all. The club celebrated by buying an original copy of the club’s prospectus offering shares at £1 a go.
Tuesday 11 March
Newcastle United U18 2:3 Chelsea U18
The place in the two-legged semi-final against Arsenal has been booked but the game at St James Park was far from easy.
Dominic Solanke is making a name for himself and his 18th goal of a productive season opened things up only for Newcastle to hit two before the break.
We didn’t panic and Alex Kiwomya levelled just before the hour which set the stage for Jeremie Boga to lash one in from 30-yards for the winner. It wasn’t all easy as the Magpies drew a couple of late saves but we qualify for the semis for a fifth year in a row.
Friday 14 March
With little Chelsea activity, this week has been a pleasant restful one in which players can recover and injuries can heal. Marco Van Ginkel is back to training but the club are stressing that he should not rush back just because there is a world cup.
Jose highlighted the fixture absurdity as Man City will playing in Europe and then on Saturday lunchtime. He called for Friday night games and more consideration for teams involved in Europe.
Sam Hutchinson has extended his loan period at Sheffield Wednesday until he beginning of April. Sam has been fit enough for four appearances so far for the struggling Yorkshire side.
Saturday 15 March
Aston Villa 0:1 Chelsea
Chris Foy really foyed up this match in his own foying style. The referee decided that he would play a part in the title race and handed the points to Villa. It was not the first time Foy has set out to destroy a Chelsea game. We are surprised he is allowed on a pitch with a team he clearly cannot referee in an even-handed manner. Foy has sent off six Chelsea players in the last eight games he has refereed. Six in eight. Bias like this should disqualify him from officiating our games. As far as we are aware no referee in Europe has such obvious and damning statistics against any one club.
Remember Chris Foy is an Everton fan and failed to inform the FA until after he had taken an Everton game.
Fabian Delft should be congratulated for the goal he scored with a flicked backheel. 1-0. The rest was Chris Foy. Villa managed only a couple of attempts in the whole game.
The officials started to get under the skin when Torres ran on to an Azpilicueta curling 40-yard pass only to flagged offside. The replay clearly showed he was on with only the ’keeper to beat.
Foy started by allowing Villa to run through Chelsea players with the ball and bundle them to the ground. Hazard was rarely able to keep his feet by Foy was always looking the other way.
It gave Villa freedom to kick Chelsea up in the air and meant we found it difficult to gain momentum. Foy knows this, it is a tactic he has used before most notably when handing a game at the Bridge to Sunderland a couple of seasons back.
Foy did correctly book Willian for a tackle on halfway but given the level of physical football he was allowing from defenders it was a surprise. He then failed to send off Joe Bennett for cutting down Ramires as he was clear on goal. If the tackle had not come in from behind Ramires was away so the logic of only showing a yellow for a straight red offence rests solely in Chris Foy’s head.
We started to dominate in the second-half until Foy saw his opportunity. Delft was running down the middle was saw Willian chasing the pair came together. It was a soft free-kick to give as Delft was looking for it. Foy booked Willian a second time and sent him off. You can look at the offence a hundred times and not see a free-kick let alone a yellow card. Willian does not clip Delft’s heels or pull him back. The offence is imaginary.
Foy of course has played this game with us before at QPR when he decided that two players had to go and QPR were not likely to score unless he gave them a penalty. This time he was saved the dubious penalty decision by Delft but Foy played his part in the build-up to the goal by allowing Villa straight through the back of Ramires near half-way, no attempt to win the ball just bundle the player over from behind. A legal move according to Foy.
His next opportunity came when Ramires trod on El Ahmadi, of course that wasn’t an accident Chris, send him off for good measure. Ramires was at fault for a rash challenge but the frustration of a game being given away by the ref clearly got the better of him. If Foy had not created the situation it is very unlikely Ramires would have made the tackle.
Then as the Villa bench empties onto the pitch to manhandle Ramires Foy chooses to send off Jose Mourinho who was not being aggressive and allow the Villa players and staff to assault the Chelsea player.
Covered in glory Foy marched from the scene of his latest triumph at the end and refused to speak to anyone from Chelsea. If he is not a cheat it is difficult to imagine what constitutes one.
It is amazing how our shock defeats dovetail with the matches refereed by Chris Foy.
Earlier in the day Hull City did us no favours by losing to ten-man Manchester City.
Sunday 16 March
Chelsea U18 1:3 Shalke U19
A surprise thrashing at the hands of the Germans ends our interest in the inaugural European Youth League and brings to an end a very disappointing weekend. Shalke came to press our passing style and with an early penalty had little to worry about. Shalke were just better on the day and their third was worth the admission price on its own.
Dermot Drummy was magnanimous; he praised Shalke’s performance and the way his side had progressed through the competition to this point. Next year many of this squad will be a year old and wiser and still eligible.
Both Spurs and Manchester United could do us some favours this afternoon and both screwed up in fine fashion. Although it directly impacts this season’s title race, it was, nevertheless, a delight to see Manchester United kippered at home by Liverpool. The Spurs Arsenal game was a lot less of a laugh as poor Spurs dominated a poor game but Arsenal had the only chance of note and scored it.
If we are to win this title we will have to do it the hard way.