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April 7, 2013 7:30 PM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 41500‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio almost got off to the perfect start as the Black Cats' boss but two deflected goals in quick succession proved enough to move Chelsea back into top four contention

By Husmukh Kerai at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    32
    0
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Was largely untroubled in the first 45 minutes but there was nothing he could do about Azpilicueta's own goal on the stroke of half-time. Also had a fairly easy second period with very little to deal with.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    33
    2
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Defended the threat of Wickham and Sessegnon with calmness and assurance throughout the match alongside Luiz. Inadvertently deflected his defensive partner's shot past Mignolet for Chelsea's second. Fine display from the Serbian.

  • David Luiz
    72
    1
    3.50

    David Luiz Top of the Match

    The Brazilian's passing from the back was impressive with the Blues' attacks often starting from his distribution out of defence. Didn't have too much on his plate defensively. His shot brought about the Blues' second goal. An injury then threatened to cut his afternoon short but he managed to complete the 90 minutes.

  • César Azpilicueta
    16
    21
    2.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Should have cleared John O'Shea's goal-bound but he couldn't sort his feet out and only managed to turn it into the net. Apart from that the Spaniard's display was tidy. Remained eager to make up for his own goal.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    24
    16
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Did himself no harm in deputising for the injured Ashley Cole. He was up and down the left flank from the first minute to the last. His tackling was also well-timed in dangerous positions.

  • Ramires
    23
    14
    2.50

    Ramires

    Did more defensive work than he is generally associated with, leaving the attacking to his team-mates. Had a pretty anonymous first half but made some key challenges after the break.

  • Oscar
    32
    15
    3.00

    Oscar

    Forced Sunderland's own-goal with a little prod past Mignolet which fortunately crept inside the far post. He started poorly but improved vastly as the game went on by rediscovering the inventiveness that eluded him early on.

  • John Obi Mikel
    48
    6
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Superb performance from the Nigeria international, he fared well in the physical battle in midfield against N'Diaye and rarely made a bad pass.

  • Eden Hazard
    22
    19
    2.50

    Eden Hazard

    Didn't influence the game in the first half in the manner he usually does. He had one chance before the break and he could have perhaps done more with a close range header. His second half performance was slightly better but it also tailed off late on.

  • Juan Mata
    34
    5
    2.50

    Juan Mata

    The first half passed by with the Chelsea fans waiting for their star man to exert his influence. He wasn't his usual self in the first period and despite an improved display after the break, it seems like sheer number of games might be catching up to him.

  • Demba Ba
    19
    25
    2.00

    Demba Ba

    Won his fair share of aerial duels in the first half without ever getting a clear goalscoring opportunity. Was replaced at the break after failing to recover from a crunching tackle from Gardner.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    26
    5

    Frank Lampard

    Came on for a cameo appearance in the final few minutes.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    28
    2

    Yossi Benayoun

    Came on as a late substitute but never had enough time to make much of an impact.

  • Fernando Torres
    156
    3
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    The much-maligned Spaniard made an instant impact as a half-time substitute. He flew past two Sunderland defenders before picking out Oscar, who then forced the own goal. Easily one of his better performances this season.

  • Simon Mignolet
    6
    2
    2.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Rushed out of his goal well to try and deny Oscar but was unlucky to have conceded an own-goal via Kilgallon. The Blues' second goal was also a deflected with the Belgian again helpless in keeping it out. Nerves crept into his game as Chelsea upped the ante after half-time.

  • Phil Bardsley
    1
    4
    1.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Got forward on plenty of occasions but his delivery into the box left a lot to be desired. Was left for dead by Fernando Torres in the build-up to the Blues' equaliser.

  • Danny Rose
    1
    4
    3.00

    Danny Rose

    Coped well with the threat of Chelsea's right-hand side, making one well-timed challenge on Juan Mata inside the box in the first half. Kept Eden Hazard's influence in the game to a minimum for the large part.

  • Matthew Kilgallon
    1
    4
    2.50

    Matthew Kilgallon

    Had a very solid first half and can count himself unlucky to have scored the own-goal, there wasn't much he could do to prevent it.

  • John O'Shea
    1
    4
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Rose well at the front post to flick a header towards goal and force an own-goal. Commanded Sunderland's backline calmy in the first half but lost some of that composure under pressure after the break.

  • Alfred N'diaye
    1
    4
    2.50

    Alfred N'diaye

    Operated as the Black Cats' midfield enforcer and did well to break up a couple of Chelsea attacks in the first half.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    1
    7
    1.00

    Sebastian Larsson Flop of the Match

    Not the Sweden international's best afternoon. He was tidy, if not spectacular, when Sunderland were on top but gradually faded into the background when things started to go awry before Di Canio hauled him off.

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    6
    1.50

    Craig Gardner

    Showed bags of energy and desire, typified in his tough tackling which at times could have, and perhaps should have, been more harshly punished.

  • Adam Johnson
    3
    4
    2.00

    Adam Johnson

    Was a constant threat on Sunderland's right-hand side when cutting on to his left-foot. Had a good opening to test Cech in the first half but couldn't find the target. His decision making in the final third contiually let him down in the first half, didn't get any better in the second. Wasted a great chance to level the score with another left-footed effort after drifting in-field.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    6
    1.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Showed glimpses of his ability throughout the match but his tendancy to hold on to the ball for too long was a frustrating feature of his performance. Di Canio was visibly annoyed with the Benin international from the touchline.

  • Connor Wickham
    1
    5
    1.50

    Connor Wickham

    Didn't look like he enjoyed the lone striker role all , his first touch at times was very poor. He found his feet for a while as Sunderland enjoyed possession but then went missing completely when Chelsea began dictating.

Substitutions

  • Jack Colback
    0
    4

    Jack Colback

    Came on as a fresh pair of legs in the final ten minutes.

  • James McClean
    2
    4
    2.00

    James McClean

    Came on with half an hour to go and provided Azpilicueta with something to deal with down Sunderland's left flank.

Results
 
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