why cant we defend a lead - particularly against Tottenham. What was once 3 point lane was more like a house of horrors tonight for our back four..... and yet it all started so well. 1-0 up from Drogba within 2mins, pegged back by a Woodgate free header but back in front on 20mins thanks to a neat flick from Essien. Joe Cole was having an absolute blinder and despite a few scares, that's how the half ended. AG's selection of Ash, JT, Rickey and Paulo, Lamps Ess and Maka with Cole Drogs and Kalou looked a good call.
The second half started with Spurs flying out of the blocks but it looked all over when Joe Cole made it 3-1 on 52mins. Queue the now inevitable Chelsea collapse. First, after 61 minutes Berbatov headed in Huddlestone's corner and then, despite a stunning save by Carlo from Keane, with 15 minutes left Huddlestone drove in a Keane corner to make it 3 -3. In between, AG had swapped Kalou for Alex in a vain attempt to shore things up but there was more to come. Joe Cole restored the lead in the 80th minute only to the be substituted by AG in favour of Ballack. Did we steady he ship - did we 'eck. A long clearance on 88mins hit Rickey on the back and fell straight to Keane who curled a 20-yard shot past Carlo.
So 1-0 up, 3-1 up AND 4-3 up yet we cant hold on - pathetic and with Man U winning, bang goes any realistic chance of pressing for the tile.
Bye Bye Avram - thankfully I'm travelling this weekend so I'll miss the Arsenal match