Back in the UK but still not able to get to the Bridge so it was 5 live (I just cant bring myself to get "Sultana Sports") and the BBC website that kept me abreast of this dire affair.
No Maka, Ash (presumably being rested for the upcoming Fenebache game) or Lamps (still unwell) so Ballack, Essien, Jedi and Bridge all got a run out however Cech is still not fully fit. Belletti also came in for Paulo and it stared well when on 6 mins, Rickey C connected with a Bridge free kick to put the Blues ahead. It should have been more when first, Kalou wasted a one one one with Schwarzer after good work from Michael Essien, then Joe Cole shot straight at the keeper after a strong run from Drogba and just before half-time Drogba put a free header over the bar from a Cole's cross. The second half started like the first but again we took our foot off the gas and Boro came more and more into the game. The last 20mins were a now familiar scramble and Boro deserved at least a point with Alves first hitting the bar and then the post and Aliadiere driving clear effort well wide.
Oh well, 3 points is 3 points .... but we'll have to play better than this if we're gonna chalk up a good lead at Fenebache and keep the title hopes alive..... in a somewhat desperate voice .... COME ON U BLUES !!