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Chelsea 6-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Match Reports and Highlights

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The match reports

The Guardian, Dominic Fifield: “John Terry will have enjoyed this brief respite. His had been a tumultuous few days, a period scarred by the “heartbreak” of taking leave of international football after nine years and 78 caps and fuelled by fury that his position had, in his opinion, been rendered “untenable” by the charges brought against him by the Football Association. Off the field he finds himself embroiled yet again in a fight to clear his name. So, as he spent an hour and a half with the majority in this arena frequently chorusing his name with typical gusto and enjoyed a stroll against fragile lower league opponents, the turmoil of his week to date could at least be forgotten. The distractions could go ignored as he heaved himself into clearances, barked instructions to those alongside and acknowledged the acclaim from the stands with applause of his own. This was only ever going to be a brief lull. Terry, after all, is due back at Wembley stadium on Wednesday morning to resume his hearing into a charge of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. Yet a fleeting return to football amid the maelstrom must have been welcome.”

The Independent, Sam Wallace: “The decision to play Terry was made yesterday afternoon, first team assistant coach Eddie Newton said, but by whom he did not say. This game could be the last Terry plays in a long time, although do not bet against him appealing a guilty verdict. Stale Solbakken, the Wolves manager, indicated how little interest he had in the League Cup by picking a team that had 10 changes from the side that beat Peterborough on Saturday. It is depressing when a manager cannot even be bothered to put up a fight in a cup game in September, eight months from the end of the season, but this is modern football.”

The Daily Telegraph, Gerry Cox: “It was a trouble-free evening for Chelsea even though a number of players were rested. Gary Cahill, Terry’s defensive partner, opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he headed in Juan Mata’s corner kick at the far post. Ryan Bertrand, playing in place of Cole, made it 2-0 when he curled home a shot from 15 yards and Mata added the third in the 17th minute when he shot home after a delightful run from the halfway line, exchanging passes with Ramires and Fernando Torres on the way. Romeu made it 4-0 from the penalty spot shortly after half time, when De Vries brought down Victor Moses. Even Torres, who looked out of sorts and low on confidence, found the net when he stooped to power home a header from another Mata corner kick in the 58th minute. Wolves offered little in reply, with Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper Ross Turnbull hardly troubled. Moses made it 6-0 in the 71st minute when he headed in a cross from Oscar.”

The Official Chelsea FC Website: “Chelsea cruised into the Capital One Cup fourth round with a straightforward home win against Championship Wolves. In a dazzling blitz of our opposition, goals from Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand and Juan Mata had put us three goals to the good inside 20 minutes, and with the game already well beyond the lacklustre visitors, an Oriol Romeu penalty and headers from Fernando Torres and Victor Moses put the gloss on a terrific night’s entertainment at Stamford Bridge.”

The highlights

Video of all six goals

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  • mark_25

    John Terry ‘beat up‘ as FA hearing goes into a third day!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19723020
     

    • Blue_MikeL

      Did anybody really expect other outcome of this so called hearing? 

  • mark_25

    I’m struggling to remember a competitive match that was so one sided?

    The Wolves were more bichon frise puppies than wolves, aside from Hunt whose hair made him a shaggy poodle crossed with a pit bull.

    Good performances all round although hard to assess against such poor opposition.  Always been surprised Romeu doesn’t get more airtime and last night confirmed to me how good he is.  Pleasantly surprised how we kept pressing even in the second half when we were 3-0 up.  Great to see a further 3 goals down my end.  Wolves second string must have been disheartened as we replaced full international stars with Oscar and Hazard.

    When Marin made his appearance it highlighted how the team has metamorphosised from big 30+ blokes to early 20’s midgets.  Anyone sitting in the front row may have been unable to see Marin’s head above the blades of grass.  I’m going to place a bet on him scoring a header this season.

    • Blueboydave

      It was good to see us make the yawning chasm in class tell right from the first 10 minutes, compared to too often in domestic cup ties when it takes us till the last 10 minutes to bag a few goals against tiring opponents and make the scoreline look flattering.

      I can report that from high in the West Stand Upper I could just about see Marin as he was mostly running down the near touchline.

      On the JT front, I’m not sure Capello volunteering as a character witness in his hearing will seem like a  great plus with the FA – still, at least it’s not Sven ;-)

  • Vik Sohonie

    Could someone wake me up when this JT saga is over? Reminds me of the Clinton saga when those in a position to bury him did everything in the legal playbook to do so. The FA are really no different. Also, I read somewhere that, according to the FA’s playbook, any legal decision made in a civil court is binding and cannot be adjudicated by the FA. I’m sure there’s a Chelsea exception clause in that article. 

    Looking at our attacking line up, we will certainly open up the smaller teams, which has often been a problem in seasons past. Still can’t help but think Essien would’ve come in use this season. Oh well. 

    • Cunningplan

      You’re correct on the FA with a certain rule they have with regard court cases, did read it somewhere.
      It appears they’ve been quite clever in getting round their own directive, by re-wording the charge.
      Marsupial Courts and hunting for women with pointy hats spring to mind here.

    • mark_25

      I think you’ll find, with our recent signings, there are no smaller teams.

      • Dylbo Baggins

        The under 9’s are pretty small…

        • Cunningplan

          Isn’t that the average age of the Arsenal squad?

  • mark_25

    Here’s Marin http://instagram.com/p/QE45FCkCLW/

    Front row, 4th from left

  • Vik Sohonie

    Interesting:

    “In the last 33 Premier League games between Chelsea and Arsenal, the Blues’ record with Drogba playing is W7 D3 L1. Without him, it is W0 D9 L13. (Opta)”

  • mark_25

    John Terry banned for four games & given £220,000 fine following FA disciplinary hearing

    • Vik Sohonie

      He will miss Arsenal (away), Norwich (home), Tottenham (away), United (home).  Strategically timed decision from the FA, one would think, to really hamper Chelsea. But it could’ve been worse, luckily our CL Final winning pair is intact. 

    • CELERY

      Do you think there is any chance of appeal to pave the ground for legal action against the FA?
      Or is that far too messy, and is best to accept and move on.

      • CELERY

        Agreed Mark. Just wonder what his attitude/approach will be from a personal perspective?

        He has 14 days to appeal and can play while the appeal is pending!

        • Ryan

          JT will play Saturday. I reckon he’s due a goal as well…

  • Agh57

    Not necessarily. Depends if he appeals or not.

  • mark_25

    with Luiz and Cahill plus Ivanovic for cover I don’t think it’s too much of a problem

  • Dylbo Baggins

    I agree that we have pretty decent cover with Cahill et al.. Besides, I think we won a pretty big game earlier in the year without him, no?