The lineup in which Ramires was the only midfield player to survive from the midweek defeat to Napoli, welcomed back Frank Lampard and Michael Essien who received cheers as their names were announced. It is safe to say that for all the debate there has been about the future of these elder stars, they were a welcomed sight as the incompetent Raul Meireles and inept Florent Malouda found the bench.
Generally a win over the 19th-place team in the Premier League would not warrant much discussion by Blues fans, but given the fact it has been so long since we have last seen it happen, this was a good day for the club.
However, it also shows how few and far between wins have been this season.
Through Villas-Boas’ first 39 games in all competitions, he has posted a sub-par record of 20-10-9. For a club that has become a world power over the past decade, this is just not enough.
But it does give me an idea for a good and even-numbered list.
I have gone ahead and tried to rank all 20 wins for the boss in matter of meaning it had for him and security for his job.