Chelsea Weekly: A November To Forget

Andrew KearneyCorrespondent INovember 29, 2010

Chelsea players coming off the pitch against Newcastle United
Chelsea players coming off the pitch against Newcastle UnitedAlex Livesey/Getty Images

The best news for Chelsea fans following the draw at St James' Park against Newcastle United on Sunday was: at least November's over for us now.

It was truly what the Queen would describe as a 'mensis horribilis'.

It started off well enough with a 4-1 victory over Spartak Moscow to secure our place in the next stage of the Champions League.

It was from there, however, it all took a turn for the worse. There were defeats to Liverpool, Sunderland and Birmingham City were to follow.

Injuries were to strike centre-backs John Terry and Alex, whilst Frank Lampard's recovery was to take yet another set back. Perhaps most significant of all however, was the shock departure of assistant manager Ray Wilkins from the club.

Chelsea started the month top of the Premier League, five points clear of their nearest rivals and with by far the strongest goal difference.

Come the end of the month, Chelsea trailed Manchester United by a point and now with an inferior goal difference.

The previously watertight defence had sprung a leak. Seven goals were let in the five Premier League ties played in November, having only let in three in the previous ten.

The attack suddenly became somewhat toothless. Chelsea have scored just four goals in their last six games in all competitions.

Worryingly, its not for lack of chances. In those six games, Chelsea had 111 shots on goal (source: BBC Sport) to produce those four goals.

To put it another way, thats nearly 28 shots per goal.

It wasn't all gloom. Sandwiched in between the misery was victory over local rivals Fulham (though even that had its gloss taken off it by a red card for Michael Essien) and a victory over MSK Zilina to guarantee the top spot in our Champions League group.

The good news on the horizon is that captain John Terry's injury isn't as severe as first suspected. Both he and Lampard could be available for this Saturday's game against Everton.

This is good news for Chelsea with some very tough fixtures coming up over the next few weeks.

Generally speaking though, December can't come soon enough.