“Boring, Boring Chelsea!”
From the brink of another dismal showing and another home loss, to the edge of ecstasy and the greatest comeback of all time (well nearly but you get my drift!)……to total disappointment after letting Villa back into it for a draw in injury time.
For the neutrals this game had everything, Aston Villa came to The Bridge with nearly as bad a record as us so, I guess, a draw was on the cards. The tactics of the away side were to dig at us and cause as much frustration by hacking away and slowing down the play whenever possible.
The seven yellow cards that Aston Villa collected were testimony to this, and they were lucky to finish the game with a full side. If Houllier is to set his stall out like this for the rest of the season, then I can’t see them lasting the pace and they could be in the bottom three fighting off relegation.
So another two points dropped and we now sit in fifth place behind Spurts! When was the last time that happened!? (answers on a comment below pls!)
The games come thick and fast at this time of the year and next up is Wolves away, another tricky fixture and you can be sure they will be fighting just as hard looking for home points to help them get off the bottom of the table.
“Win or Lose – Up the Blues”
Chelsea 3-3 Aston Villa
Lampard (pen) 23
Young (pen) 41
03 A Cole
19 Ferreira (Bosingwa 57)
26 Terry – yellow card
07 Ramires – yellow card (Kalou 72)
39 Anelka (Sturridge 78)
22 Turnbull, 17 Bosingwa, 38 Van Aanholt, 46 McEachran, 52 Mellis, 21 Kalou, 23 Sturridge
01 Friedel – yellow card
21 Clark – yellow card
29 Collins – yellow card
19 Petrov – yellow card
20 Reo-Coker – yellow card
11 Agbonlahor – yellow card (Albrighton 85)
18 Heskey – yellow card
33 Marshall, 30 Lichaj, 08 Pires, 12 Albrighton, 25 Bannan, 31 Herd, 14 Delfouneso
Ref: Lee Mason