Saturday, 16 February 2008

Chelsea 3 - 1 Huddlsfield (FA cup 5th Rnd)

Its a strange line-up for the Blues given the opposition and the fact that everyone is now back and most are fit. Drogba, Chec, Ash & Joe Cole, Ballak, Malouda and Maka dont even make the bench. Ess, Rickey, Sheva, Anelka and Hilaro are the subs, so Chlesea line up with Carlo in goal, Ferreira, Ben Haim, JT (making an incredibly early return) and Bridgey at the back. Lamps, Jedi and Sidwell across the middle with Kalou, Pizarro and Scott Sinclair up front. AG's clearly got a trip to Greece on his mind. Frank Sinclair makes a long overdue return to the bridge at right back for Huddersfield and gets a warm welcome from the crowd

The first half is all Chelsea with lots of slick passing which is capped off on 17mins when Lamps drives in a scuffed Scott Sinclair cross. That’s his 100th Chelsea goal. Its 1-0 and cursing but not all that that effective - Lamps has some pretty tame strikes from well outside the box and when Sidwell tries the same things he skys his shots well over the bar - he's rubbish even in this company..... and then right on half time its 1-1. A lifted pass from Chris Brandon finds Michael Collins in behind Ferreira who keeps his cool to fire past Carlo. That's the last effort of the half and leaves the Blues looking stunned as they trapse off.

No changes as we start the 2nd half however its Huddersfield who start the brighter and a another cross field pass in behind Ferreira almost opens Chelsea up. Kalou then has the ball in the net after 10mins only for it to be ruled offside. Still Chelsea press and on the hour Lamps drives into the box this time and nets a rebound after his initial shot is parried by Matt Glennon on the Huddersfield goal. Its 2-1 but still not comfortable. It should be now though as Sinclair nets after Pizarro dribbles past the whole Huddersfield back line but that effort is also ruled out for offside.
It’s looking better now though as Kalou latches on to a pass from Lamps and darts into the box before slotting the ball home under Glennon. 70mins gone and that's 3 - 1. Sidwell is finally removed (not before time) on 75mins to be replaced by Sheva in what looks like a switch to 4-4-2. In the final 10mins Essien replaces Lamps and then Anelka replaces Pizarro so they can bth get a run out but it’s all over.

Into the quarter finals and now off to Greece - come on you Blues !

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