Birmingham earn a home replay
Chelsea fans have to be worried after another disappointing result—a 1-1 draw. They have to be wondering where they are headed for now.
Andre Villas-Boas must be concerned as well. Surely he must be thinking that his time at the club is about to come to an abrupt end.
In the match against Birmingham, the atmosphere was tense and the “You’re getting fired in the morning” chants were ringing around Stamford Bridge.
It took 20 minutes for Birmingham to grab the lead after Adam Rooney flicked on Jordon Mutch’s corner. Chelsea looked hapless as they tried to clear, the ball eventually landing to David Murphy, who was at the back post and stuck the ball in the back of the net.
Two minutes later, Chelsea was at the penalty spot after Ramires was tripped by Wade Elliot in the box. Juan Mata was the man to step up, but his shot was saved, and Colin Doyle and Birmingham cleared their lines.
It was few and far between going into halftime, but there was a certain manager's name being chanted around the ground that might have the current Chelsea boss worried. That manager’s name was Jose Mourinho.
Fernando Torres was replaced by Didier Drogba at halftime after another disappointing effort by the Spanish international. After the break, the tide began to turn. Chelsea started taking control. Although Birmingham’s defence seemed sturdy, Chelsea managed to finally break them down after a fantastic cross from the right wing found the head of Daniel Sturridge, who then found the back of the net.
Chelsea were finding a second as they kept creating chances. Branislav Ivanovich had an influential game and was at the heart of most things good for Chelsea. He had a great chance blocked by Elliot following a great cross from Juan Mata.
Going into the closing stages, both teams had goal-scoring opportunities, but neither could find another winner in a great game of football.
Birmingham will be the much happier side and they will fancy their chances in the replay at St Andrews, but what will this mean to Villas-Boas? Will he still be in charge when the replay is played?