Tuesday 5th October 2010
Against West Brom last week I felt we came away with exactly what we deserved, on Sunday it was totally the opposite. Like a boxing bout however, you can be miles ahead on points and get beaten by one big punch.
I wasn't particularly looking forward to the game if I'm completely honest. Saturday night's entertainment had gone on three or four hours longer than expected or indeed wanted and as a result I made my way into West London accompanied by a considerable amount of fatigue and a total lack of enthusiasm.
A plate load of pre-match tucker and the big match feel soon started to kick in and like with every single match we go into I was relatively confident we were capable of getting something from the game.
From the very first seconds we were completely up for it and having seen the replay I am still scratching my head as to how we were not at least one goal up before Chelsea even turned up.
Having enjoyed the lion's share of both chances and the match as a whole it was gut-wrenching to go behind on the stroke of half time. We were unlucky when the referee didn't give the foul on Songy in the build up and for me Drogba's finish was laced with a considerable amount of good fortune too. Having played so well it certainly wasn't deserved.
The second period saw more of the same with considerable amounts of domination without the end product and once Marouane's header from Tommy's cross went past the post late on it looked like the writing was on the wall.
Although the free-kick we gave away with time running out was totally of our own making, the fact the strike didn't hit row Z but was thunderous and in the top corner just summed up our day.
Of course I have been watching football long enough to recognise the result wasn't just down to bad luck and the fact our hosts successfully defended deep and in big numbers for long periods demonstrates perhaps why they are the current league champions. At the end of the day, despite playing very well, we came away with nothing but our pride intact.
We are all disappointed that we find ourselves seven points behind at such an early stage in the season and I can't help but feel it's the late draw at Sunderland and our poor performance last week that are more worrying, not Sunday's showing.
All we can do is draw a line under a poor couple of weeks and head into our next game with thoughts of 'our league season starts here'!
For now, enjoy the considerably irritating international break.
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