Saturday 19 April 2014 - Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2
A frustrating game of missed chances - again!
The game started well, our early pressure rewarded on 12 minutes with a well taken goal from Samuel Eto’o from Willian’s corner. But within a few minutes Sunderland had a corner of their own, which was passed to an unmarked player on the edge of the box. The resulting shot was spilled by Schwarzer (replacing the unwell Cech) only to be followed up by danger man Connor Wickham.
Both teams had their chances, and although we had much more of the ball, the killer shots on goal weren’t coming. Another wave of attack on goal saw a blatant hand ball by the Sunderland player in the box go unpunished. Ramires also had a chance on goal denied by Larsson who shoved him out of the way. With no intention of playing the ball, isn’t that also a penalty? Clearly Ramires wasn’t happy about Larsson’s attentions and he was very lucky not to be sent off for his impetuous slap on the Sunderland man. Half time 1-1.
We started the second half as we finished the first, wave after wave of chances going begging. The first of our substitutions came at 60 minutes when Ba replaced Oscar and a few minutes later Salah was replaced by Schurrle. Our final replacement saw Torres come on for Eto’o with 15 minutes left to play.
But with the scores still level and Sunderland defending everything we managed to throw at them, it was still anybody’s game. And so with 10 minutes left to play Sunderland were awarded a penalty when Dave slipped just outside the box losing control of the ball, and with Altidore bearing down he beat Dave to the ball and our man’s attempts to recover the ball saw his challenge ruled as a foul.
But while the players weren’t exactly up in arms about the decision at the time, Chelsea coach Rui Faria clearly was and his heated protestations saw him bundled off down the tunnel!
So, while our title hopes have taken a severe dent, it’s not all over til the fat lady sings…..
(Take 2 - I’m half asleep!!)
(at Stamford Bridge)