Yet another frustrating day of football. Whilst I am willing on Leicester Coty to win the title – and I sincerely hope that they do it and just throw out the rule book, I also harbour dreams of Champions League football at the OS next season.
We fear no one at this stage – and have had scalps of the Spuds, Liverpool, Gooners and Cee-teh this season – so why fear a below par Chelsea side?
Indeed, nothing to fear – especially the way Slaven Bilic has got us playing at the moment. And that was evident on 17 minutes with a wonderful curling shot by Lanzini, coming back to the fold after a long time off with injury. A little bit of carelessness by Reid on Oscar gave Chelski a free kick, which I have to say was beautifully stuck in by Fabregas on 45, thus 1-1.
Now here is when it goes Pete for me. Being a parent, you have to either look after the wee one or start getting a dinner ready on time or face a complete and utter meltdown. So it was haircut time instead this – the ankle biter needed it. And as soon as I was done, I dashed back to the “TV” to find that we were 2-1 thanks to an Andy Carroll goal – subsequently seen and a great finish.
2-1 up against Chelsea – away – who would have thought it! Then the game ebbed and flowed with Chelsea pretty much threatening all up from the second Hammers goal with a bit of bad fortune right at the every end.
It “appears” that Antonio clipped Loftus-Cheek (great name, could easily be a dish on a menu) and went scrambling to the ground. Penalty? Debatable, but I don’t think so as it looked outside of the box – I am sure the MOTD replay will confirm. But the decision went against us and Fabregas gets his second to level the game.
“To concede that late is gutting, but to concede it from a penalty that is not a penalty is unacceptable,” Bilic said.
“It was not close to the line. It was way out. It was not a penalty. We are gutted and we are not getting these decisions.”
Chelsea are no where near as good a side that they should be. And the mark of the Hammers is that we have held the 2014 Champions to a 2-2 draw at their manor.
It also goes to show how much we expect to win big games now and fear almost no one.
I was really gutted about this game – this should have been three points, dislodging City from fourth spot and thus the dream of the Champions League spot still alive. Alas no. The international break comes up as does Mark Noble’s testimonial. Why that man is not in the England squad is beyond me……….only Woy Hodgson understands his decisions. But a break for the lads before we entertain Thornton Heath FC at the Boleyn – a game I really want to see us give them a damn good thrashing. More so I can stick it to the “friends” I have on FB who support Thornton Heath FC.
50 points on the board – I think we can safely say that it is now impossible to get relegated. Relief for once.
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Mikel, Willian, Oscar (Loftus-Cheek 82mins), Kenedy (Pedro 46mins), Remy (Traore 62mins)
Subs not used Begovic, Baba, Pato, Matic,
Bookings: Ivanovic, Fabregas, Willian
West Ham: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate; Noble, Lanzini (Obiang 81mins), Payet; Sakho (Carroll 59mins), Valencia (Emenike 75mins)
Subs not used: Randolph, O’Brien, Oxford, Song
Bookings: Reid, Adrian, Antonio, Ogbonna, Kouyate
Referee: Robert Madley