It took 120 minutes and penalties to find a winner between Chelsea and Fulham in the Carling Cup third round. This match can't be described in any way other than astonishing. Goalless draws aren't always the most interesting of matches, but this must rank among the amazing games of the year.
A missed penalty, a red card and an unbelievable number of missed chances lifted fans off their seats for 120 minutes. The penalty shoot-out was perhaps a fair ending to a rather even contest and Chelsea prevailed.
There were some problems for Chelsea that were exposed in this game and Andre Villas-Boas will want to focus on the negatives from the performance.
However, there was an even greater number of positives to take away from this game, ones that will certainly be spotted many more times this season.
Here's a list of five positives that Chelsea should take from the Carling Cup match against Fulham.