- May 24, 2007
To open at full time, just before we get our hands on that shiny bastard.
Thank you! Save a glass of that for our dinner.Never in doubt.
Champs 5 Chavs 3
It was good to see us snap out of our post-lockdown lethargy and motivate ourselves for the last home game of the season.
A full-strength side (with the obvious exception of Henderson) was good to see, and the boys all performed admirably to see off Fat Frank’s gallant, bug ultimately outclassed, rentboys.
We were lucky not to go behind in the opening ten minutes, when Mount headed over while unmarked on the six-yard line, but other than that the visitors didn’t really trouble Alisson until Giroud’s poacher’s finish after the goalkeeper had only partied Willian’s shot on the stroke of half time. Virgil, Fabinho and Robbo didn’t cover themselves in glory tracking back but we’ll let them off on this occasion.
Mo should have had a penalty (how many times have we said that these last couple of years?) in the 13th minute, when Rüdiger clearly stepped straight across him. Since when did “holding your ground” mean taking two steps to your left? Needless to say, our friends from Salford would have got that.
Baby had looked lively, with a couple of nice turns and touches, even before his cracking shot opened the scoring.
Not sure why Bobby looked to square the ball to Sadio a few minutes later when it looked as though the shot was on for the Brazilian.
Brilliant free kick from Trent for the second; I hope he stays with us for life (unlike in Football Manager, where he starts seeking a new challenge after four or five years!) as the boy has all the makings of a true club legend.
Gini scored a cracking volley, after a bit of pinball football in the area, for the third goal- if this is indeed his last home game, he will remember that finish for the rest of his life.
Brilliant cross by Trent and header by Bobby for our fourth- it was great to see our number nine finally get that Anfield monkey off his back in the last home game of the season.
Pity that Mo didn’t have his shooting boots on tonight- he could have bagged himself a hat trick in the first ten minutes of second half alone and looked thoroughly exasperated with himself.
Sloppy defending by Gomez who, up until then, had had a very good game allowed Pulisic to breeze past him and set up Abraham for a tap-in to reduce the deficit to 4-2 on the hour mark and more comedy defending, with Virgil and Joe getting in one another’s way, led to the American making it 4-3 in the 73rd minute.
A fine team move led to Robbo setting up Ox for the fifth; a real pity that we were so sloppy at the back today- which, to be fair, has been the case since the restart- as the scoreline flattered Chelsea enormously.
A fine way to finish the campaign at home then, despite the desperate defending; let’s look to batter the Barcodes in Newcastle on Sunday and then go one better and win ALL of our home games next season.
MOTM: The Krug family, for their stunning 1995 Close du Mesnil. I’ve had this particular champagne in the cellar for many years, waiting to celebrate when we next lift the title. It was well worth the wait.