Up north for a tricky match at the stadium of light with 3 changes from midweek - Jedi in for Maka, Alex in for Rickey and Drogba up top im place of Anelka. Its no surprise that Sunderland start brightly but on 9mins the Blues are one up as JT heads home a sweet corner from Lamps. Chelsea are playing some nice stuff and controlling the game. The first real home threat comes on 26mins from an Andy Reid free kick that Carlo turns round the post. Its nip and tuck from then on until O'Donovan dangerously leaves a foot in on Carlo with 5mins to go which amazingly goes unpunished by Mike Dean. The half ends 0 - 1 to the Blues.
We're off and running, unchanged for the second half but its all a bit scrappy with niggly challenges and yellow cards a plenty. We have to wait until the 72min for a change with Dwight York coming on for Sunderland and the Blues change Balack for Ess. Sunderland have gone 6hrs without a goal but they nearly undo our back 4 on 75mins as Jones connects with a floated ball from York, but he heads straight at Carlo. With 10mins to go, its all Sunderland so SWP is thrown on to replace Joe Cole but there's no more goals and Chelsea win 1-0.