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CHELSEA 4-1 West Ham: Going With The Flo

CHELSEA 4-1 WEST HAM


Well, that was easier than I expected.

We completely dominated this one for the most part and but for a superb equaliser completely against the run of play that made a game of it for a while, we weren’t given too much to worry about.

Ok, so they missed a gift of a chance in the early stages but it was us that went a goal up within 15 minutes. With the visitors making a mess of clearing a Malouda corner, the ball ended up back with him to float in a cross for Alex to head in. And we were pushing for a second, which almost came off Upson’s knee but Green tipped it away with Drogba trying to get on the end of it.

To say West Ham’s equaliser came against the run of play is a major understatement but there was absolutely nothing Turnball (or any other keeper for that matter) could have done to stop Scott Parker’s cracking 25 yarder although to be fair, the defence could’ve done better to start with. But we responded well once jaws were picked up off the pitch and had a few chances before the break.

Second half didn’t start so well, although the players clearly weren’t as frustrated as the crowd and could’ve scored a second in the 53rd minute if Ballack had got on the end of Malouda’s cross. Not that we had to wait long for the second to come anyway because just two minutes later, John Terry went on a midfielder-style run, drawing attention away from Drogba to lay the ball off for Malouda who, yet again, provided another perfect cross into the box for the Ivorian to head home.

Malouda had a storming game to be fair and was a pain in West Ham’s arse all day. I can’t honestly remember a cross going astray and apart from the scoring opportunities he’d already created, he managed to get the goal he deserved in the 77th minute from the edge of the area. Lampard missed out on a goal against his former club when his shot come off the post in the 85th minute but when Green parried another shot from him in the 89th minute, Didier Drogba was there to tuck away his second and complete the 4-1 scoreline.

Overall then, some standout performances to give us a bit of confidence ahead of the game against Inter. Branislav Ivanovic and Alex again having decent games and I know he’s not in the squad Tuesday but Paulo Ferreira’s worth a mention for the way he seems to have slotted back into the side. Obviously Florent Malouda, who was our best player by a mile, will hope to stay in his rightful position now that Yuri Zhirkov is fit again. And despite my reservations and the fact he didn’t have that much to do, on the odd occasion he was called into action today, Ross Turnball looked confident enough.

So bring on Inter!

TEAMS

CHELSEA: Turnbull; Ivanovic (Zhirkov 79), Alex, Terry, Ferreira; Ballack, Mikel, Lampard; Anelka (J Cole 65), Malouda (Kalou 86); Drogba.

WEST HAM: Green; Spector, Gabbidon, Upson, Deprela; Behrami, Kovac, Parker; Ilan (Diamanti 83), Mido (C Cole 67), Dyer (Stanislas 67).

GOALS

CHELSEA: Alex 15, Drogba 55, 89, Malouda 77

WEST HAM: Parker 30

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