Monday 15 April
Aston Villa U21 1:1 Chelsea U21
A Milan Lalkovic penalty in the second-half was enough to earn us a point from a close fought encounter as we played Villa for the 19th time this season.
Chris Foy turns out to be a bigger clown than we thought. Sergio Aguero will face no action from the FA for what was clearly a red card offence because Foy says saw the incident and dealt with it at the time.
You’ll remember that he gave a free-kick. We will review all of Foy’s subsequent red cards and challenge him every time he issues a card for less than a deliberate two-footed stamp, until he replies to justify himself. If he does we will report it here.
Tuesday 16 April
André Shürrle is on his way after Bayer Leverkusen officials came to London. Worryingly the gifted German might be a partial swap with the gifted Kevin De Bruyne part of the deal.
Cardiff City will grace the Premiership next season. We all have fond memories of Cardiff as a place but try not to be in Swansea when the bluebirds are in town. Except they are not the bluebirds any more their Malay owners think that red is luckier so they changed a century of tradition for red shirts and a dragon badge.
Bristol City slipped out of the League at the other end after defeat at home to Birmingham.
Sergio Aguero apologised to David Luiz for his stamp at Wembley. You can tell a true gent by his manners. No apology from Chris Foy for his involvement. Perhaps he holds his manhood cheap.
Todd Kane will stay on loan at Blackburn until the end of the season. Todd has mad nine appearances so far this campaign for Rovers as they seek to avoid the drop to League 1.
Wednesday 17 April
Fulham 0:3 Chelsea
Don’t think anyone one saw this coming – after the humiliation of Wembley Fulham looked another Banana skin but somehow a tired squad pull this one off.
Oddly it was the two players he left out on Sunday that provided the catalyst. Frank Lampard in midfield and John Terry back at the back made this Chelsea outfit look the part.
We didn’t have it all our own way. Fulham started brightly and had the clearer chances when Brian Luiz shot over and Cech saved from Emanuelson.
What followed took the breath away. David Luiz accepted a square ball but instead of shuffling the ball onward he strode a pace forward and lashed a shot into the top corner from thirty yards. 0-1. It took the breath away. On the night of his hundredth cap it was brilliant stuff from one of the best footballers ever to play for Chelsea. Isn’t it a shame we waste his talents at the back.
Fulham had been the better side but were two down at the break as Juan Mata cross long and deep into the area and John Terry out jumped the Fulham defence to head in at Schwarzer’s near post. 0-2.
Frank Lampard is clearly getting desperate for another three goals, he missed the game at Wembley and it was his thrashed shot that Schwarzer pushed round for the corner that led to Terry’s first goal.
His second arrived toward the death to give us all the breathing space we’d need. This time the big lunk stole in as a header from Fernando Torres looked on target but about to be cleared, Terry did enough to deflect it past the man on the line. 0-3.
Fulham’s luck was so poor that they managed to bungle their only real chance on target when one in white cleared a goal bound head off our line. Thank you very much.
FA Youth Cup semi-final, second leg
Norwich City U18 0:1 Nottingham Forest U18
(1-1 on aggregate, Norwich win 5-4 on penalties)
Not the cleanest victory after losing a goal to level the tie and playing most of the rest of it with ten-men Norwich somehow hung on to reach the final
Thursday 18 April
Adidas revealed the new home kit; it looks like they’ve put in little effort as usual. A generic blue shirt and shorts at least it is plain without dribbles, strips or chevrons. But at the same time it is a little bit cluttered and fussy.
Friday 19 April
FA Youth Cup semi-final, second leg
Chelsea U18 2:0 Liverpool U18
(Chelsea got through 4-1 on aggregate)
Another youth cup final for Adi Viveash and the boys but the rhythm wasn’t quite there.
Liverpool took the lead as well, from their first meaningful attack a daisy cutter somehow crept in at the near post. 0-1.
Chelsea’s young players had dominated possession in both ties but lacked the opportunity to break. John Swift put all that right as he darted downfield and used Alex Kiwomya for a one-two drilling in the return for the leveller. 1-1. The first reaction was how like Frank Lampard the boy looked.
Nathan Ake didn’t look too proud to be playing at this level after first-team involvement and he lost his marker to head powerfully in a few minutes later from a corner. 2-1.
The number of chances racked up in the second-half became embarrassing. Kiwomya should have had a hat-trick; Islam Feruz should have had one too. As the Liverpool goal loved a charmed life.
Still we are through to play Norwich with dates and times to be confirmed.
Oh dear, at the ceremony to hand back the European Cup John Terry refused to shake the hand of FA chairman David Bernstein. Still, angry about being railroaded out of the England camp you can hardly blame him but a diplomatic handshake might have been, well, diplomatic. The press will love this.
Saturday 20 April
Chelsea U18 1:0 Fulham U18
Yes, Fulham again. Dominic Solanke scored the late winner to give the youth set up two wins in two days.
Bournemouth secured promotion from League 1 to the Championship after beating Carlisle for and eighth win on the spin.
Sunday 21 April
Liverpool 2:2 Chelsea
You can’t make this up. Luis Suarez bit Branislav Ivanovic the referee saw the incident and did nothing. For a column like this that regards the refereeing community with contempt because they actively seem to punish Chelsea and allow our opponents free rein it was a perfect match. Daniel Sturridge lunged into Ryan Bertrand with his studs up and saw nothing. The injustice was compounded when, after announcing six minutes of added time, the two players who should have been sent off combined to equalise in the seventh.
You can add Kevin Friend to the list of incompetent twits on the dartboard.
With a normal referee this was a comfortable three points. Oscar headed us in front from a corner and out speed and purpose were clearly superior. 0-1.
Liverpool barely had a chance in the first-half as we won the ball back seemingly at will and dominated possession and the few chances created.
Daniel Sturridge came on for the second period and instantly looked the handful we know he can be. First he drew a save from Cech and then hit a fizzer so hard it nearly uprooted the far post from twenty-five yards. Our defence didn’t take the warning and a simple move of one touch football eventually saw Suarez cross and Sturridge finish as he checked his run just enough. 1-1
Suarez followed that moment of skill by sticking up a paw and handling as Mata’s corner looked to reach Torres. Hazard converted the penalty. 1-2.
Suarez went straight up the other end and bit Ivanovic on the arm. He was contesting a cross that was over hit and when he realised the ball was gone he sank in his teeth. He was banned for seven games when at Ajax for biting an opponent but this time he’ll walk because the referee saw something and dealt with it on the pitch. So let’s be clear – you can execute two-footed stamps on Chelsea players, you can now bite them and you can lash into studs up challenges all without a card. Referees have declared open season on Chelsea players.
The studs plunge came from Sturridge just as the game should have been finishing – few would dream we still had ten minutes to go – Ryan Bertrand cleared the ball and the former Chelsea striker was late into his ankle with his studs up. He wasn’t even given a yellow.
The six-minutes of injury time was a joke in itself. There simply had not been serious injury delays