Date: 18th May 2009 at 2:12am
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With both teams realistically playing for nothing, Chelsea out of the title race, and Blackburn’s Premier League future finally secured, you could be excused for allowing the players to just go through the motions. However, both sides turned up, both sides played some entertaining football, however, in the end, Chelsea were more clinical, took advantage of Rovers errors in defence, and sent Guus Hiddink away with a rousing reception.

It all could of been different so early on. Gamst Pedersen took the ball on the edge of the box, however, shot with his right foot, straight at Petr Cech. Chelsea didnt take long to retaliate, a superbly centered cross found the held of the Flying winger Malouda, who slotted it into the top right corner of the goal from 16 yards. Chelsea 1 Blackburn 0.

To Blackburns Credit, led by Tugay in central midfield, they actually played some good football. It wasnt long ball after long ball, Gamst and Diouf were fed the ball on the flanks on several occasions, Villanueva had the ball at his feet around the box, however, Rovers were unable to take full advantage.

Chelsea continued to attack, with Lampard striking the post, and some last ditch defending preventing Drogba breaking through on goal.

The best chance of the half for Rovers fell to makeshift striker, Chris Samba. A delightful turn on the right flank from Diouf sent the ball over to the far post, however, Samba’s misjudged header flew straight over. Nelsen picked up a knock, bringing Doran on, sending Samba back into the defence. Givet must have also picked up a knock, as he was substitued at the break by Zurab.

With the score only at 1-0, Rovers always had a shot, but Chelsea always had the upper hand. Lampard and Mikel controlled play in the midfield, running Tugay and Grella ragged. The Blues finally got the second goal, via neat play between Drogba and Anelka. The ball was sent out wide to Drogba, who cut the ball into Anelka. Just outside the box, Anelka placed the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, 2-0 Chelsea.

Rovers didnt hold back though, bringing on Benni McCarthy for Gamst. Chelsea however, stepped it up a gear, with Paul Robinson forced into a string of spectacular saves.

The Chants went up, their is only 1 Guus Hiddink, and Roman Sort it out, in reference to Guus leaving. Realistically, this was what the game was about today, Chelsea farewelling Mr Hiddink, who we Aussies are all to familiar with. Rovers however, did turn up, and to their credit, almost nicked a late consolation goal, with Diouf’s curling effort just straying wide of the goal.

2-0 Chelsea

Player Ratings

Paul Robinson 8
Great effort from our Number 1, made some superb saves, keeping Anelka out from pin point range 3 times

Ryan Nelsen 6.5
Solid from the Admiral, hope the calf strain is not too bad

Gael Givet 6.5
A few poor interceptions from Givet, surely he needs to be at his best as he fights for a permanent contract

Keith Andrews 7.5
Credit to Keith, playing out of position, made some great tackles. Well done

Steven Warnock 7
Looked dangerous heading forward, but was out paced a few times in defence

Vince Grella 6.5
Still not the Vince I know, passing game wasnt up to scratch, made some good interventions

Tugay 7
Fought all game, chased hard, definately will be missed

Gamst Pedersen 7
Floated in and out of the game, as usual, tried to spark a few things but was left with nothing

Diouf 7
Solid game from Diouf. Lost the ball a few times, but did deliver some great crosses throughout the game. Corners werent up to scratch

Chris Samba 6.5
I hope this experiment does not continue next year. Get him back into defence, please

Carlos Villanueva 6.5
Given his starting debut, Carlos tried his heart out, but was never favourite to beat Terry and his comrades in defence, still not sure what will happen

Aaron Doran 6
Unfortunately, I dont really see much in this lad, not sure why Sam persists

Zurab 6
What can you say, the poor bugger finally gets a run onto the field. Did well
Id be dissapointed if I was Benni. First Samba infront of him, then Gamst gets thrown up there before he does…Ouch


16 Replies to “Spirited Rovers lose to Chelsea”

  • Umm…Article in The National paper this morning says that Villanueva has signed for Dubai side Al Shabab for the 5m transfer from Audax, plus 2 camels. Hope he likes playing in 40 degrees. I can see what BSA means about him and the physical side – he did get pushed off the ball a bit easily at times. Well done Chelsea, though, they looked very good yesterday.

  • i fought villanueva played alright yesterday he got fouled a lot but the ref missed them. Ultimately i don’t think we are going to sign him and i don’t think we should he game is more suited to the spanish league or italian league but i wish him the best of luck as i think he is extremely talented. One other point sasman is Doran i didn’t think he played that badly for an 18 year old and i think saying that he is not good enough already is harsh. Give the guy a chance like big sam is doing. Looking forward to tugays last game hope he scores a screamer like he almost did yesterday

  • I agree Doran held his own against the England left back – and had to be fould a few times to get him off the ball – he needs a bit more work obviously but he is young. Aside from that, we passed the ball on the ground! I was very happy with that – we had some unfortunate injuries, but all credit to tugay for playing 90 minutes, Robbo for some good saves and Grella for playing fairly well – I never expected us to win this game – I expected us to lose big time – but I was quite happy with the way we played and our spirit. Lets hope to finish off with an entertaining win next weekend.

  • I was under the impression that Grella had a shocker?Still, Doran’s only 18 Sas! Bit harsh to judge him on a game against the best centre midfield in England and possibly the world (?)

  • i dunno lads, he just looks like an even smaller, softer version of gamst, and we all know how inconsistent gamst is lol

  • Aaron Dorran had a very promising game from where I looked. He looked like he grew in confidence as he went on. A shame about the result but the performance was solid – who really cares though?!? staying up staying up staying up!

  • this to me was also a sign of the type of play we will go for next season, cautious but structured… good stuff.

  • I was hoping we might play a nice game next year – I’d bet money Big Sam is just aching to prove all his critics wrong in that respect

  • without question, our passing game has vastly improved in the last 2 matches. we’re trying to create openings with ground pass, and not sending in high ball aimlessly.
    i think tugay was the best player on the field, may be aside from robbo, while grella was sub-par. we disparately need someone to replace tugay next season;
    andrews can handle players coming at him fairly well, but he’s caught out so many times. not our solution to RB.
    zurab does well once again.

  • thought Andy Gray gave us absolutely nothing in commentary….Chelsea this and Chelsea that….we had about 4-5 chances in the first half….two of which wer free headers inside th six yard box by Samba and Nelson….not many teams create those chances at Stam Bridge…

  • thats a good point Mani- the commentry was appauling. but apart from that, i was really impressed with Diouf’s attck and delivery. i thought he showed he could be a permanent solution at RM

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