A Satisfying Semi Triumph
Securing their third win in eight days (albeit two of them against struggling Southampton), Chelsea just might finish the season with a flourish and even lift more silverware. Antonio Conte and man of the match Eden Hazard certainly seem desperately keen to atone for the final flop last year and potentially end their Chelsea careers on a high. They will have the small matter of a date with sourpuss's Manchester Yawnited in four weeks' time, in what will be the third Wembley final between the two clubs. The recent death of Ray 'Butch' Wilkins will render the occasion all the more poignant, as the midfield maestro played with distinction for both clubs.
They Didn't Come to Bury Wenger
The happy crowd had not come to bury Wenger, the intention was to praise him, it was a sunny day at The Arsene Wenger Stadium, recently renamed by Paul Merson. There was a holiday atmosphere, and it was the first time in ages that I had to queue to get in via the bag check line.
Stoke City 1 Burnley 1
Ashley Barnes’ remarkable scoring streak continued as the Clarets put another vital point on the board in their quest for Europe and pushed Stoke a step nearer the drop.
Match Thread: Bolton Wanderers vs Wolves
On a day when West Bromwich Albion look to be heading out of the Premiership, Wolves go to Bolton looking to seal the Championship title
Chelsea did just enough to see off the surprisingly feeble challenge from Burnley in this Thursday night non-event, thereby consolidating our likely fifth position finish whilst also finally defeating a team that we have had considerable problems with in the recent past. One could almost have described Burnley as our bogey team, but the way we have been playing since January, everyone has become our bogey team.
Burnley 1 Chelsea 2
All good things must come to an end and after five successive Premier League wins the Clarets found the visit of the out-going champions one step too far as Chelsea put the brakes on Burnley’s race for Europe.
Barnsley 2 – 2 Bolton
Barnsley ensured that their survival hopes remain in their own hands with this 2 – 2 draw with Bolton at Oakwell.
Leisure Leagues Barnsley
Sunday 6 a side league at Honeywell Sports Centre
Giroud Inspires Late Revival
It looked like another ritual defeat for struggling Chelsea, another bad day at the office for an impotent outfit. Then lo and behold, Monsieur Giroud reminded us why we bothered to buy him in the first place, cementing his reputation as a marvellous impact substitute. The Frenchman has now earned the right to get a starting place in the cup semi final next Sunday against the same opposition. Of course the challenge for Olivier is to play well (score more goals) as a starter. He may have a Tore Andre Flo/David Fairclough knack of scoring goals as a substitute, but can he do likewise as a regular starter?
Arsenal sleep walk to sixth Player Ratings
I think its fairly obvious that nobody at the club gave a toss about this match. That was reflected in the line up and the performance. The defence really let us down today. No Ramsey and Ozil, no party.