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Full time: It failed to live up to its potential but Chelsea
efficiently saw off the challenge. An away win and Chelsea
has won 6 of their last 7 visits to White Hart Lane
.Chelsea win 2-0,
have 12 points in hand, and have yet to concede a goal this season.
Chelsea were the better team. Tottenham failed to play disciplined football and it cost them.
92 mins: Chelsea
are closing the match down and Spurs
are left feeling, what if?
90 mins: 2 added time. Looks like it will be Chelsea
with 9 points. Unfortunately, Mido
made it easy for them. Criticized often for being a self-centered player, he showed it here again.
89 mins: Duff
gives way to Huth
for the final few moments.
88 mins: Wright-Phillips
sees a shot blocked by a defender. Del Horno
plays a great ball into the box, to Crespo
, to Essien
, oh, just wide.
86 mins: Lennon
connect well but the long ball to the box is not enough. Carrick
tries a long ball but Peter Cech
picks up the easy fly ball. Robert Huth
is preparing to make his first appearance of the season.
83 mins: Crespo
almost scores at the back post. Wright-Phillips
again shreds Kelly
but runs out of pitch. Aaron Lennon
has been impressive in his Tottenham
80 mins: With nothing to lose, why not throw Robbie Keane
in there? Essien
chests well but Wright-Phillips
can't control, he is starting to run past players at will though.
77 mins: Lennon
again playing well, down the touch line, sends the ball in the box, but it’s a getting harder as the legs tire. A ball into the box sees the immaculate Peter Cech
clean up. It’s Essien
on the wing now but Tottenham
, nothing to lose are countering, ah, it ends again in nothing. White Hart Lane has quieted.
75 mins: No immediate response from Spurs
crosses and Dawson
just can’t get over the ball and direct it goal-mouth. Davids
sees a yellow for a chop tackle.72 mins: Great long ball to Duff as Chelsea are fighting back. The game has improved as Chelsea are not totally convincing at 1-0 ahead. Tottenham can’t find that last ball though. Davids is again dictating play for Spurs, but, oh, look as I say that, Wright-Phillips breaks thru and it’s a goal from Damien Duff for Chelsea, it's 2-0.
70 mins: Crespo shoots and almost scores strait away and Wright-Phillips gets a shot on goal. What a cross by Ferreira! Davids gives the ball away with a switch of play and Chelsea almost make something of it.
68 mins: Crespo
comes on for Drogba
67 mins: The pace of the game has quickened but Wright-Phillips
has yet to touch the ball. Referee says play on for Chelsea
. Forgot to mention, there was a substitution at the half, it was Lennon
, who does well and has started to spark Tottenham
63 mins: Oh, a Tottenham
break reaches the box, Jermain Defoe
does well but 3 Chelsea
defenders smother the ball. Joe Cole
sees yellow soon after. Shaun Wright-Phillips
is about to come on. Spurs
are fighting a bit more, there is some more conviction in Tottenham’s
play as they realize Chelsea
are not attacking them a lot. Defoe
des well again, Reid
controls well but not enough, then Reid
sees yellow for complaining as the play broke up.
61 mins: Lampard
loses possession in midfield but Tottenham
can’t capitalize. Ferreira
does well and the outstretched Drogba
can’t get to the ball. On the touch like it could have easily ended the match.
58 mins: Even with 10 men Tottenham
are holding their lines. I guess you can’t give up too much and go down 2-0. A Chelsea
mistake could see the draw back on. Duff
shots from distance and the match is lacking clear cut chances. Let’s see some substitutes.
56 mins: Terry
walks off the pitch and will soon be back on. Close call, it could have been worse.
55 mins: It looks serious, Terry
does not often go down but he certainly had his leg caught under an opponent’s back as he fell.
54 mins: Davids has been Tottenham’s
best player but pressure is mounting. Chelsea
are stringing passes as Tottenham
are losing possession on their counter attacks. Lampard
free kick as the match is turning testier. John Terry
is down in the pitch.
51 mins: Terry
heads away and it drops for Lennon
but goes sailing over the bar. Del Horno has been looking better and better, week to week.
48 mins: Pedestrian start to the second period. Chelsea
would love to let it play out like this. Robinson
cleans up a Chelsea
attempt into the box.
45 mins: Cannot see any obvious changes to either team.
has 1/3 of a chance and a Carrick
free kick forces a save but Chelsea
sees out the half and Terry-Gallas
have yet to give up a goal while playing under Mourinho
sorely miss their 11th man. I’m sure they saw this game as a measure of how much they have improved as a club but it’s difficult to measure now.
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45 mins: 2 minutes added on. Tottenham
can’t push too much or the game will start to become too open but they need to attack more than this. Mourinho
is looking moody today.
42 mins: A goal down and Tottenham
cannot move the ball thru the midfield. On the stroke of halftime Chelsea
look to have established control of the match. A Tottenham
counter attach is again broken down.40 mins: A Duff cross creates a corner. And Del Horno scores a goal, Robinson seemed distracted in goal and nobody defended the back post, shocking Tottenham mistake. Where was the defense, what a lollipop goal to give up down to 10 men! Chelsea 1-0
38 mins: It’s been so tight that John Terry
has seen the ball more than anyone on the pitch. Just when I say that, a Tottenham counter runs out when Davids
has run out of talent. Must admit, Davids
play well together.
35 mins: The match was entirely too cautious before the red card and even more so now. Davids
tangle for the second time and fouls Davids
, on a yellow, Essien
needs to watch it. Duff
32 mins: Approaching half time Tottenham
have immediately moved into damage control mode. Defoe
does well to join the match but amounts to nothing. Down a man, Tottenham
have maintained their back line. Essien
, for all that money, has shown very little.
28 mins: Chelsea
corner sees Terry
go wide, open header from 8 meters.
26 mins: Lampard sets up Drogba for a blocked shot but neither penalty box has been kind so far. Red card
and WELL DESERVED
for a horrible elbow, strait arm into Del Horno's
won't leave the pitch, come on, it's your fault -go! Finally. It's a much taller order for Tottenham
23 mins: Gardner
blocks off Drogba
and it’s another yellow card.
22 mins: Free kick and it was easily blocked. Back in to the box, Davids
is there, amounts to nothing.
21 mins: Playing at home, Tottenham
should be dictating more of the play but it’s a midfield struggle. Oh, and Davids
is taken down right outside the box and it’s a yellow card for Essien
, could have easily been a read for being clear thru on goal.
18 mins: Robinson steps in to prevent the corner. Chelsea
are being very economical so far, quite happy to wait for their chance. Del Horno
quickens play though a whistle stops the build up. Drogba
takes it, and it goes well wide.
16 mins: Already this game needs a goal. Drogba
and the referee argue but he gets no ear from the referee. Mido
has made no impact and Jermain Defoe
has been invisible.
13 mins: Davids
goes in hard on Essien
is showing that tenacity that’s made him famous. Lampard
gets a Chelsea
free kick but not vintage, to say the least.
10 mins: An appeal for a penalty from Chelsea
but its not given. Drogba
is slowly creeping into the match.
7 mins: The game has settled down and both sides are working hard defensively. Arsenal
was similar to its start. Chelsea
are as pressured as they were against Arsenal
looks capable early on.
4 mins: A free header by Dawson
almost down 1-0. Drogba
3 mins: Early mistake sees Chelsea
scurrying but a shot is scuffed wide by Mido
1 min: Del Horno
suffers head injury and looks to be ok.
About to get going, as Chelsea
Starting lineups:TottenhamRobinsonKellyStalteriDawsonGardnerReidCarrickDavidsTainioDefoeMidoChelseaCechFerreiraDel HornoTerryGallasMakeleleEssienLampardColeDuffDrogba