Nicolas Anelka was looking for a goal that would seal the Golden Boot, and would do so from the right flank, possibly buoyed by the knowledge that Cristiano Ronaldo would not be featuring for Manchester United at Hull, Sunderland's relegation rivals.
Sunderland provided a stern battle as they themselves were fighting for survival.
After a forgettable first half, Anelka took it upon himself to force the issue and with just 2 minutes played in the second half, he scored the goal that sealed the Golden Boot...
He picked up the ball in his own half with his back to the goal. He smartly turned his marker and ran purposely into the opposition half with only one thing in mind.
Mind you, he still had a lot to with 50 odd yards and a dozen players in between him and the goal. He, with a slick drop of the shoulder, slipped past another Sunderland player before unleashing an unstoppable screamer into the far top corner.
While Anelka had accomplished his mission, there were still a match to be won and Sunderland were never going to make it easy for Chelsea.
Richardson quickly leveled matters, from a Cech error before Kalou & Ashley Cole gave Chelsea a 3-1 lead.
Kenwyne Jones added a consolation goal deep into stoppage time but it didn't matter. The teams below them had lost their respective matches, which meant Sunderland were safe.
Never had I heard such loud cheers after a defeat...