Chelsea scored 4 goals in their 4-0 demolition of Stoke City today, giving the hosts their first home loss since February of last year.
Chelsea have to thank Stoke’s Jonathan Walters for their first two goals, with two defensive headers beating Begovic in the hosts goal on the stroke of half time, and then again just after the hour mark.
Juan Mata was tackled in the box by Robert Huth, and went down quite easily (it has to be said) to earn the penalty on 65. Frank Lampard steps up, and pounds the ball into the roof of the net, with the keeper having no chance.
Eden Hazard scored a spectacular fourth, from just outside the box. He turns with the ball on his left, and lashes it into the top-left hand corner in the 71st minute.
John Terry made his first appearance under Rafa Benitez today, coming off the bench for Juan Mata with just over 10 minutes of normal time remaining, pushing Luiz up into midfield.
The Chelsea captain had very little to do, but still managed to concede a penalty to the Chelsea match-winner, Walters. The Stoke striker stepped up to ease his torrid day, only to sky the penalty way over the crossbar. A day he will try to forget for weeks…
Frank Lampard again played well, further confusing players and fans alike as to why Roman Abramovich should wish to let him go. He is a part of Chelsea, and is showing he still has plenty to offer the club.
You would have to say that 4-0 was slightly more than we deserved, but compared to Chelsea’s dominant display on Wednesday, we will take it.
This win puts us back into third in the Premier League, above Spurs who played out a 0-0 stalemate away at QPR. We sit 11 points of League leaders Manchester United having played the same amount of games. Tomorrow will be a rare day when I will actually be hoping for a hat full of Suarez goals. Come on Liverpool, beat United for us…