Date: November 14, 2010
Scorers: Onuoha, Gyan, Welbeck
This was the most surprising game of Chelsea's season. Just seven days after the defeat to Liverpool, Chelsea were completely run over by Sunderland.
Before this game, I remember the commentator stating that the Black Cats must be very afraid of the Blues because Chelsea had scored 18 goals in the last four encounters between the two teams.
After a great beginning to the game by the home team, Sunderland started pressing more and were the better team for most of the first half. But it was only until first half stoppage time that they found a goal. As Chelsea started attacking more, Sunderland used their chances wisely and Gyan scored.
But the third goal really showed that Chelsea were rapidly losing their early season confidence and momentum. Ashley Cole's wayward pass went straight to Welbeck who couldn't believe his luck.
Two big defeats in seven days, combined with a poor mid-week display against Fulham (in which the Blues won 1-0), left the Chelsea players with no confidence or hope. It took them until the New Year to win back to back games.
(The uploaded video only contains second half highlights. Here is the link to the first half goal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNLOgj1jhUs&feature=related)