10.01.2015… Chelsea (a)…

Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 0

Stamford Bridge… Saturday January 10th… 3pm

Attendance: 41,612

Ticket: £55 – Programme: £3

Firstly, pricing… I agree wholeheartedly with pretty much everything that has been said on social media about the ridiculous ticket prices at Chelsea… But, as a member, I’m right at the bottom of the pecking order for tickets for away games and have to grab them when I can. Members don’t get loyalty points either, but that’s a story for another day…

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, away game attendance is a bit of a midlife crisis related activity for me so I hadn’t been to Stamford Bridge since 1998 (a friendly face appearing on the programme cover)… I still don’t like the place… They’re still an arrogant bunch who (you would hope) in their more lucid moments must realise that, without Roman’s financial doping, would be just another Spurs… And that ‘Parklife’ nonsense before the game, just when you think you couldn’t dislike them any more than you already do…

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Outside Stamford Bridge…

Anyway, we did play pretty well for forty minutes, without ever really looking like scoring (even Sissoko’s shot was a half-chance). Cabella (in the first-half) was a different player, if this becomes more than a blip then you have to seriously question what Pardew was doing with him…

Usual story though, once they scored, we reverted to type, and it was over…

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Inside Stamford Bridge…

Chelsea; Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta (Filipe Luis 37), Fàbregas (YC), Matic (YC), Willian, Oscar (YC) (Ramires), Hazard, Diego Costa (Remy 84)

Not Used; Drogba, Mikel, Courtois, Cahill

Goals; Oscar (43), Diego Costa (59)

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat, Williamson (YC), Coloccini, Dummett (YC), Anita, Colback (YC), Cabella, Sissoko (Riviere 84), Gouffran (Ameobi 63), Pérez

Not Used; Santon, Haidara, Vuckic, Satka, Woodman

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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