March 11 2012
Two games, two wins and two clean sheets. Not a bad start for Di Matteo and Newton in their respective temporary capacities. With confidence and attitude slowly on the way back, the outlook for the Napoli game on Wednesday and the rest of the season is looking somewhat brighter. With Tottingham slowly declining, a top three finish is not impossible.
Stoke came for the point that there is no doubt.
Cechie Boy was that unemployed he could have pulled out the lounger and put his feet up for 90 minutes. And why Ricardo Fuller chose to stamp Ivanovic in the unmentionables, only he knows.
The two did have a run-in a couple of minutes earlier and Fuller was beside himself with rage when he was penalised for a foul. The resulting free-kick came to nothing.
Chelsea hit the woodwork three times and had a goal disallowed and for all of Stoke’s attempts to frustrate Chelsea, a sublime ball from Mata put Drogba clear in the area, he sidestepped Bekgovic before steering the ball into the empty net.
How on earth Huth and Shawcross got away with their WWE and Rugby tactics in their area at corners and free-kicks only Andre Marriner knows.
They employed similar physical challenges in the first game of the season at The Britannia and Chelsea should have profited from numerous penalty appeals.
Don’t let Mata anywhere near the penalty spot.
According to some idiot behind me and for the second time this season, his 90 minute running commentary drove me mad, Drogba’s overhead clearance in the 2nd half was the ‘best thing he’d done all afternoon’ err DUH!! He scored the winner… you muppet!!
Incidentally, Napoli beat Cagliari 6-3 in Serie A on Friday night.
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Luiz h/t), Cahill, Terry (c), Cole, Meireles (Mata 37), Mikel (Sturridge 66), Ramires, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba
Goal: Drogba 67
Booked: Mikel 18
Stoke City: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Wilson (Upson 50), Whitehead, Diao (Palacios 50), Shotton, Walters, Fuller, Jones (Jerome 59)
Booked: Diao 13, Wilson 37
Sent Off: Fuller 24
NEXT UP: Napoli (H), ‘Corrupt Cup,’ Wednesday 14th March 2012, 7.45pm