Chelsea vs. Everton: Torres, Lampard and Player Grades for the Blues

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Chelsea vs. Everton: Torres, Lampard and Player Grades for the Blues
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Chelsea suffered yet another setback Saturday in their quest to retain a Champions League spot, as they were unable to get the better of Everton at Goodison Park. An early goal by Pienaar and another late by Stracqualursi were the difference in the 2-0 win.

Everton were lucky to find themselves in front early on as Steven Pienaar latched on to a lucky deflection. A throw-in in the Chelsea half ricocheted in to the box, and all Pienaar had to do was beat Cechand did so with ease.

Though Chelsea enjoyed possession, chances were few and far between. Both Sturridge and Lampard missed shots from the top of the box after similar build up play down the right side. The half ended with a Toffee lead and largely a dull affair.

The second half opened the way the first closed, with Chelsea dominating possession. However, neither side would be able to inspire much.

That changed in the 71st minute when Phil Neville’s challenge on Ashley Cole had the ball finding Donovan’s feet. The American played it to Denis Stracqualursi for the second goal.

As a fan, I believe this represents the low point in my following of the club. Villas-Boas is on a razor's edge, as his decisions both before and during the game have brought the club to the lowest point they have been in well over a decade.

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