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West Ham United
27 August 2011
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 41765
José Bosingwa 6'
F. Lampard 82'
G. Holt 63'
Juan Mata will be the home talking point though. He was superb when introduced on the hour and fully deserved his goal at the death
There’s the full time whistle. The score line flatters Chelsea and Norwich will be disappointed to leave empty handed
90' + 11'
Goal Juan Mata
90' + 11'
Such a shame for Norwich but great reactions from Mata. A short back pass from De Laet is pounced on by Mata on the right hand side and from an acute angel he feeds the ball past Rudd into the bottom left corner
90' + 10'
90' + 8'
Hilario and Ivanovic do a bit of time wasting for this goal kick
90' + 7'
Mata has a shot go high and wide 25 yards from goal
90' + 7'
Villa Boas has the suit jacket back on
90' + 6'
Clever play again from Mata as he feints a shot to play in Cole. Free kick given away though as Cole wasn’t expecting it. He clips the Norwich man
90' + 5'
Ramires finds Lukaku and his shot is saved by Rudd who lets it squirm away a little. Lampard pounces but the keeper pushes it clear
90' + 4'
A Tierney cross is just about dealt with by Chelsea. Hilario on it again
90' + 3'
Last season Norwich scored 12 goals in the 90th minute or later. You never know!
90' + 2'
Norwich still on the front foot. Quick free kick from Holt releases Morison. They still believe it seems
90' + 1'
11 minutes stoppage indicated for the Drogba incident
Ivanovic misses a free header 6 yards from goal. Great play again from Mata to create it. This boy is special
Ramires almost in on goal again he just couldn’t get the ball under his command
Lukaka gets his first glimpse of goal. Good ball from Anelka and the big man throws himself at it. Just wide
Almost a peach of a ball from Bosingwa who nearly finds Mata with a lovely idea. The Spaniard was on the same page and he’s looked very lively since coming on
Great freekick in toward Morison for Norwich. It splits the entire Chelsea backline again and the former Millwall front man should have done better. Goes over
Good start from Lukaku. Nice touches and Chelsea looking threatening. Can Norwich recover from this set back?
Straight down the middle from the England man. Chelsea back in front but they’ve had a right break here today. Off comes Torres for Lukaku. This bloke is massive
Penalty Goal Frank Lampard
Lampard steps up
Chris Martin is sacrificed for Rudd
Superb break from Ramires and he sprints clear. Invites Ruddy to take him out and the keeper obliges. Norwich down to 10 men, harsh but that’s the Premiership for you
Red Card John Ruddy
Morison gets in round the back of Chelsea at the other end and his cross is cut out well by Ivanovic
Mata is getting his team playing a bit here. Lovely little round the corner knock to Lampard opens up a nice move. Cleared well though
Torres has a flick out at Johnson and he’s lucky not to pick up his second booking there
Brilliant feet by Mata. His clever play opens space for a cross and Torres gets a header in on goal Ruddy saves
Norwich finding space behind this Chelsea back line. Tierney lofts one toward Holt this time and the big man is marginally offside
The suit jacket has been removed by Villa Boas
Real chance for Morison. Terry’s saving tackle concedes a corner but Holt’s long direct ball completely opened up the home side like a tin of beans
Ok here we go again. Mata and Anelka on now, Malouda and Drogba off
Drogba is applauded off. Hope it isn’t as serious as it looks. Some unsavory boos coming from the away end
Nicolas Anelka's goal against West Brom was his 123rd in the Premier League, moving him into the top-10 leading scorers in the division alongside Robbie Keane and Dwight Yorke
On comes Anelka too. Long stoppage here, Drogba still being prepared to come off
A cheer at the Bridge for Mata’s arrival. Is that excitement I sense?
Juan Mata will also be coming on for his Premier League debut. Villa Boas probably wouldn’t have envisaged bringing him on to save them today at this stage
Drogba unconscious here. Worrying scenes as the stretcher comes out. Ruddy’s fists hit him clean on the chin. Anelka now coming on
Things seem to be getting worse for Chelsea here. Drogba has just been flattened by Ruddy as they go up for a cross. The big man looks clean out of it
Goal Grant Holt
Terry and Hilario have a complete misunderstanding both going for the cross. They collide and Holt volleys one into an empty net. Well deserved
Really flat atmosphere here and Norwich should be proud of that. They’ve stamped out most Chelsea moves. That and a mixture of Chelsea being very poor at times
Hoolahan coming off for Morison. The little Irishman is still struggling fitness wise after a hamstring injury but he was superb in the first 45
The freekick comes in and deflects for a corner. Whistle blown against Terry though for some argy bargy against John Terry
Freekick Chelsea, Drogba was fouled before the ball came in. No advantage played
Yellow Card Kyle Naughton
Bosingwa intercepted as he attacks down the right hand side. Norwich lose it cheaply though and when a ball comes in from Drogba, Torres seems on his heels and fails to get on the end of the cross
Torres picks up a cheap booking. That might be enough evidence now for a lot of people to take him out of their dream team this week
Yellow Card Fernando Torres
Villas Boas is roaming the touchline now. Getting abit hot under that suit today chap?
Bosingwa talked too again by the ref for some jostling. Corner cleared
Juan Mata warming up now. The home fans would love to see him introduced here, could be just what this game needs for the blues. Meanwhile, Norwich corner
Ivanovic meets the near post corner but its wide. Chelsea threatening here
It’s another Chelsea corner. Lampard’s long drive is deflected
It was Pilkington that diverted Terry’s header away from goal. Great defending from the substitute
Danger finally cleared by Chris Martin. Chelsea stepping it up though and come back through Ramires. A couple of crosses later and Norwich clear up
Terry gets up well for the corner and a deflection takes it over for another corner
Ivanovic and Holt talked to for a spot of wrestling
Good move from the home side. Torres set Drogba racing down the left and his cross is cleared for another corner
Norwich clear well and it’s as you were around the terraces
It’s an odd atmosphere here at the Bridge but a corner won by Drogba raises a bit of noise
Norwich win a throw deep in Chelsea territory and after a short Tierney throw the full back whips in a good cross and Hillario does well to claim it
The booked Bosingwa has a nibble at Hoolahan, needs to be careful the goal scorer
Here we go then. Chelsea get us underway for the second half, this one far from over
Back in 15. Join in on Twitter using #goalcomm before or after your comments
There goes the half time whistle at the Bridge. Referee Mike Jones draws time on the first half. A superb Boswinga goal separates the teams but Norwich are well in this still
45' + 2'
Terry’s header blocked and Norwich fight to live another day. A Mikel long ranger doesn’t threaten Ruddy this time
45' + 1'
Threatening cross from Cole forces a corner after some good work from Lampard and Drogba
2 minutes stoppage indicated here at the Bridge
Some cool defending gets Norwich out of trouble momentarily passing their way out from the back. Chelsea win back possession though and Malouda gets a crack at goal in from the left. Good save Ruddy
Johnson hits the target but it’s straight at Hillario
Norwich go up the other end and win a freekick central to goal, 30 yards out
Closer from Drogba. This freekick, 25 yards out dips and bends toward Ruddy’s top right hand corner. Just over
Yellow Card Andrew Crofts
Crofts brings down Drogba in another dangerous area. Take 2 for Drogba perhaps?
Norwich may have opened the game in a cautious manner but the canaries have grown in confidence as the half’s gone on. Paul Lambert will fancy a result here. Big team talk to come
Lovely first time ball from Lampard sets Torres on the run. He couldn’t round his marker though and Norwich cut out the danger
Good break from Norwich through Hoolahan and Tierney. The cross comes in from the left and again Holt is close to it. Just over hit for the big number 9
Yellow Card José Bosingwa
It’s another long ambitious effort from Norwich but there being carved out well from the inventive Hoolahan
No it’s Lampard this time. Same result. High and wide
A Chelsea break forces a foul on Drogba. Another dangerous area here, wonder if Drogba will be allowed it after his last effort?
A long hit from Wes Hoolahan forces Hillario to act again. Chance created from a lovely full-blooded Grant Holt slide tackle on Ramires. The Brazilian didn’t fancy that
It’s a credit to Norwich for how quiet Torres, Lampard and Drogba have been in this opening half hour
Not sure if the Pilkington change for Whitbread is a tactical one or not from Paul Lambert?
The corner amounts to nothing but Norwich continue to mount on the pressure. A great header from Holt forces another save from Hillario. Canaries on top here
Great chance Norwich. Hoolahan feeds in a beautiful ball to Chris Martin who goes one on one. Good save by Hilario and he’s called upon again as Naughton crashes one toward goal. Tipped over
Drogba on the near post heads clear the danger
Naughton drives a long range effort. It’s deflected, corner
Referee Mike Jones has just stopped play. Two attempts to stamp one balloon. He opted to pick the second one up to pop. Ironic cheers all round
Norwich are most certainly growing into this game. Hoolahan looks a real threat in there. He looks very clever on the ball the little Irishman
Drogba puts the freekick into orbit. Terrible
Malouda wins a freekick. 30 yards out. Dangerous
Great link up with Torres and Drogba. Torres threads in a lovely ball into the box and it’s just beyond Drogba. Great idea
This will be a good old-fashioned tussle between Holt and Terry. The big front man’s already been putting his weight about a bit
Norwich playing some good stuff here now. Best spell of the game. Hoolahan involved heavily and they create a good position for a ball into Holt. Hilario’s on it though
Great chance for Norwich. A long and clever knock by Wes Hoolahan finds Holt all alone with his back to goal but the big man just couldn’t read the flight of the ball to get in an effort
Chelsea are also trying to feel their way into a new system. The presence of Torres and Drogba seems to be restricting Lampard’s attacking freedom
Chris Martin’s second set piece is another poor one. A long punt from a free kick goes straight through to Hillario
Norwich are obviously weary of the home sides attacking power. When the canaries do win the ball back there is very little to aim at going forward at the minute
De Laet deals well with a Chelsea break down the left. Ashley Cole disposed
Terrible corner from Chris Martin is cleared at the near post
Norwich really struggling to get any moves of their own going so far but a long ball down the left forces a corner
Drogba had a sniff at goal there too with another cross into the Norwich box. Nervy start from the new boys, Chelsea dominant
Assist Frank Lampard
Goal José Bosingwa
Great goal from the full back. He’s in acres of space 25 yards from goal and he lets rip. Right in the top corner, great goal
Torres gets a sight of goal after a lovely twisting run from Bosingwa. The Portuguese full back squares for Torres and the Spaniard’s shot is blocked
Bit of confusion between Hilario and John Terry. Grant Holt forces the misunderstanding and Terry dives on the ball to avoid any danger before the referee blows for a foul. Loyal defending from Terry
De Laet finally clears the danger after the corner comes in
First effort comes from Ramires for Chelsea. The Brazilan hits one from 25 yards out but Ruddy turns it round the post
Norwich set up with a 3-5-2. That could well be transformed to 5-3-2 I’d imagine, especially in these opening exchanges
Ok here we go. Norwich get us underway kicking from left to right
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Torres and Drogba paired together today. Interesting approach from Villas Boas. Attack minded today
But chins up canaries! Lambert’s men will take encouragement from the West Brom performance here last weekend and you never
It’s going to be tough on for the visitors. Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight league games at Stamford Bridge, winning seven
The last time Norwich City won on the road in the Premier League was back in December 1994. Ashley Ward scoring the winner in a 1-0 verdict at Crystal Palace
During their last campaign in the Premier League, (2004-2005) the Canaries failed to record a single league away win, losing 12 of 19
The stats don’t boast too well for the new boys….brace yourselves lads….
The canaries will want to maintain their impressive start to life among the elite. A very late Kenwyne Jones header last weekend prevented them from joining Chelsea on 4 points
Norwich have also made an unbeaten start to their League season, returning to the Premier League after a 6 year absence. Canaries boss Paul Lambert does need to pick up his squad though after a demoralising 4-0 defeat to League One outfit MK Dons in the Carling Cup last Tuesday night
Andres Villas Boas has made an unbeaten start to life in the English top flight. A goalless draw at Stoke City was followed up by a stuttering win at home to West Brom last weekend. They may not be firing from all cylinders just yet but with 4 points from 6 and the arrival of Spanish starlet Juan Mata this week, Chelsea fans, as always, have reason to be optimistic
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