Another drubbing in London, which is what every expert expected, but going in at half time we had given a good account of ourselves the scoreline of 3-1 didn't do us justice. , But in the second half we just weren't in it, having to resort to an odd break away, and defnding with everything we had.
Holt silenced The Bridge with a stunning volley, but that silence only lasted 4 minutes, before Torres brought them level, that was all it needed for the league leaders to go through the gears, that City can only dream about.
Tettey missed a golden opportunity when unmarked, 8 yards out with a free header, he only succeeded in putting back towards the wing; a very poor effort. Holt had another good effort with a looping header go inches wide with td the keeper well beaten. Johnson had a good effort but blasted it straight into keeper's body. Ruddy although beaten 4 times (no blame can be laid on him) he kept the score line down even more with some very good keeping work.
That was about the sum of it, the rest was made up of mistakes, giving the ball away far too easily and the sheer brilliance of a star studded Chelsea side, to be honest if they hadn't played like that then you would wonder why all the money had been spent.
Barnett picked today to be back to his indecisive best, lucky not to give away a penalty, as was Howson and Russell Martin, the early promise Bassong and Garrido looks to have evaporated. By the end we looked tired and very demoralised, not surprising with all the leg work chasing shadows and suffering another spanking.
I haven't a clue what Hughton and Co are going to do now, thats 3 games that has brought a total of 14 goals against, that's an enormous amount in any ones eyes. And many of us thought he had tightened up the defence, but in fairness we have caught two of the top teams on form.
One good and positive thing is Holt, he looked back to his best, scored a stunner, chased, harried and was all round the Grant Holt we know. But sadly that isn't going to be enough,
Hoolahan was invloved in just about everything that was good and bad, he gave the ball away far too cheaply. Tettey had a solidish 1st half but looked at times bewildered by the Chelsea play, Elliot Bennett was pinned back by the attacking threat he had little chance to shine going forward.
It looks like we are going to be involved in a little league at the bottom from now on in, we have to make sure we are better than the others, Southampton, Reading, QPR and perhaps the usual suspects Wigan. But it does look very bleak.
On the bright side, under Worthington we hadn't won a game until the 14th game and still only just missed staying up by a hair's width, so there is hope.