Chelsea 6 - 1 Derby
Q) How do you score 6 and still look ordinary, A) Play Derby
Six goals, four from Lamps, 77th home win on the bounce, only five points behind the leaders with a game in hand and yet ....... we're still not convinced.
Derby were awful and fully justify their spot at the foot of the premiership, however it took a penalty from Lamps on the half hour and a bit of quick thinking from Kalou after an error by Carrol in the Derby goal to go in 2-0 up at half time. With Anelka, Cole and Kalou up front and Maka, Ballack and Lamps in the middle, this side always looked like it had the beating of Derby. Indeed, the margin should have been wider by half time given that Lamps hit the post on 3minutes and an Anelka effort was ruled offside. The second half was much better and the game was over as a contest within 5mins of the restart when Anelka played in Joe Cole whose cross was tapped in from 2 yards out by Lamps. Carroll saved from Anelka but Joe Cole rolled in the rebound for 4 - 0 before Kalou set up Lamps for his his hat-trick. A one-two with Joe Cole gave Lamps his 4th and that was 6-0. Derby finally managed a shot on target - and they scored with it when a through ball was deflected off Ess (on for Maka) and fell into the path of Jones who slid his shot past Carlo.
It mattered not a jot. Chelsea finished the game as a training match playing 4-2-4, with Kalou, Drogba, Sheva and Anelka strung across the front......... but still we're not convinced. Wins away against Sunderland, Spurs and then home to Arsenal might just make us believers though
Come on you Blues