Well in the end it went to script. Lampard scored, Torres got off the mark, inevitably, and Malouda added a third for good measure. Gabbidon also made a brilliant "goal line" clearance and Luiz rattled the bar with a superb shot from 30 or so yards. Lampard also missed a sitter from inside the six yard box and Malouda should have scored before the game was five minutes old.
All of which makes it sound like another shambolic performance. But it wasn't. Spector could have scored first half after Sears set him up superbly. Sears so nearly scored with a very clever flick and did his best to put one on a plate for Cole, who should have hit it first time but didn't. Keane missed a sitter after being set up brilliantly by Spector and Ba had a good shot that Cech had to parry. da Costa could have scored from a Hitz cross but got under the ball and another header was cleared off the line. Chelsea knew they had been in a game and had it finished 3-3, nobody could have complained!
Did we miss Parker? No. Interestingly.
Of course we were weak at the back again. Chelsea used the ball superbly at times and sliced through our back four with wonderful passes and runs - but somehow we kept them them down to one until well into the second half. It was, in truth, an honourable defeat, especially in conditions that would have had Noah excited!
But it was still a defeat and we did ship three and we are rock bottom so thank God the other results went our way. Wigan's defeat was huge and Wolves and Blackpool both took one point from games in which they should have taken three. If we beat Sunderland, Blackburn and Wigan we will definitely stay up. Sounds easy like that doesn't it?
Green 8; Jacobsen 5, da Costa 5, Gabbidon 6, Bridge 6; Sears 7, Noble 6, Spector 6, Hitz 6, Ba 6; Cole 5 Subs Keane 5, Piquionne 4, Obinna 4