Sunderland Seen Off

Chelsea shellacked Sunderland 7-2 on Saturday to consolidate their position at the summit of the Premier League. Nicolas Anelka and Frank Lampard scored a brace apiece, whilst Florent Malouda, Ashley Cole and Michael Ballack also scored one each.

For Sunderland, former Blue Boudewijn Zenden and their top scorer Darren Bent found the net.

As expected, Belletti started in midfield, but there was no place for Daniel Sturridge in the starting lineup as Joe Cole and Malouda supported Anelka in attack.

Ashley Cole should have scored an early header, but Nicolas Anelka did open the scoring a few minutes after, rounding Fulop and tapping in after a beautifully disguised Michael Ballack pass. The second goal was Malouda’s, a powerful right footed finish after a run from the half way line took him to the edge of the box.

Ashley Cole did get on the scoresheet with a goal better than all of his previous combined. He perfectly controlled a Terry long ball, before evading the desperate challenge of Lorik Cana and then dinking over the goalkeeper. He then created the fourth, his low cross slid home by Frank Lampard.

The fifth came minutes into the second half, when Michael Ballack found space in the area to head home Joe Cole’s inviting cross. Half time sub Zenden pulled one back with an accurate finish from the edge of the box though, to ruin Petr Cech’s clean sheet.

Anelka’s second was Chelsea’s sixth, the Frenchman easily finishing after Fulop’s punch fell invitingly at his feet. Joe Cole could only hit the post after a great set up from Belletti, but before long it was seven, Frank Lampard heading in his second. The provider was the on fire Anelka, crossing from the right.

Darren Bent scrambled in a late Sunderland goal to make it 7-2, but it will only momentarily distract Carlo Ancelotti from what was a magnificent Chelsea performance, despite the absence of our key African stars.

This article has 2 Comments

  1. Hey, Sunderland supporter who was at the match on saturday! Obvious to say but we were well and truly outclassed, should have been a lot more than 7! Needless to say i am very envious of the talent that your team has

    My only criticism of the day was the abusive Chelsea supporters in the shed end. I was subject to personal abuse by a couple of supporters (from row 14, upper stand). Realise that its a very very small minority but very unimpressed with the lack of intenvention from the stewards, who did nothing to prevent this fowl and abusive behaviour towards myself.

    Otherwise, well done and best of luck with the rest of the season!
    Glad we don’t have to play you again!

  2. Obviously, the mix of drink and football can cause a certain amount of unpleasantness at times. I’m assuming you’re a regular follower who travelled from the NE to the game, so I’m surprised that it was worse than you’ve received at other grounds to the point where you have to bring it up.
    If it really was as bad as you say (and I’m not doubting you) then you should really contact the club with your views – they wont be trawling the fansites and if you don’t tell them about your problem then they can’t act.
    I have to say I feel a bit sorry for the stewards – faced with a group of drunken fans, it may feel it’s safer to let verbal abuse go than to antagonise a situation further through intervention. So yes, write to the club but also try to understand the poor saps who are stewarding – they may even have reported the incidents post-match.
    (And although people often ask where we were when we were – not so good – I can assure you that many of us know exactly what it’s like to come away from a match after being on the wrong end of a walloping. It happens.Shared misery can be a great comfort though.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *