Sunday, September 21, 2008

Here’s the 14th team in the Premier League...

Not much of a football fanatic I remember my partner saying a while ago, the first glimpse of the toned torso of Kalou as he warmed up she soon took an interest. For me the physique of the players is just an exxxtra as I only care about the results. Hosting Manchester United is always a great fixture but when we are protecting our impressive home record it adds something extra to the mix. Add into that our stadium announcer, welcoming the champions to the Bridge with a cheeky, “Here’s the 14th team in the Premier League’ and also the continued rehabilitation of Ronaldo and Drogba given more minutes, and lights, camera, action!

Deco injuring himself in the warm up and then shortly after kick off Carvalho also needing medical assistance and being substituted can't have done much for the strategy. Alex came on to replace him but our defence didn't look solid and we soon conceded a weak goal as Cech spilled a Berbatov shot after good build up from United and Park fired in the rebound! Edwin van der Sar also went off injured, Rio Ferdinand appears to be the last person you would want by your side should you hurt yourself as if looks could kill.. Chelsea responded by going on the offensive and it proved to be a frustrating afternoon, especially for Joe Cole who missed a couple of chances. The biggest culprit was Anelka who missed a glorious chance to score but it wasn't to be his afternoon. Chelsea looked good and the more likely to score but they just couldn't find the end product. If only we had aquired the signature of Robinho at the end of the transfer window as his City hit half a dozen against Portsmouth today.

Both Ronaldo for United and Drogba for the Blues were released onto the pitch but it was another substitute Kalou who made the decisive impact. He connected with an Obi Mikel free kick and found the back of the net with a glancing header. There were lots of talking points with plenty of bookings, Drogba and Ronaldo showing the Premiership what has been missing with the good and bad aspects of their game, Hargreaves getting a slap around the head from a fan and Ferguson jumping for his life after a balloon was burst by No.2 Phelan. Credit to Sir Alex with his comeback though “I wish he had burst it under Mike Riley because it might have woken him up,’’ overall a decent result and at least we kept our record going but still can't help but feel we should have got more from the game!

After the football we headed down to the park for a few hours, to wear the children out and in the process had a laugh albeit feeling the cold now that Autumn is upon us...

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