We thought it was a bit daft when Torres propelled himself forward after Anita had barely toughed his knee with a challenge just inside the penalty box after 21 minutes in yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge – do they practice this stuff in training – but it got Chelsea a soft penalty and they went on from that to win the game 2-0, with a good goal from Torres three minutes into added time in the first half.
Anita touches Torres – here we go
Chelsea now have a penalty in each of their first three games, with Hazard getting the other two penalties, and he converted the one yesterday with Frank Lampard being on the bench, but in truth the Anita challenge was probably a penalty in truth, although the Dutchman barely touched the Spaniard.
But that sort of thing happens all the time these days in football.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew talked after the game to nufcTV last night, and he said he was disappointed with the first goal, and thought that Torres had made a complete meal of new boy Vurnon Anita’s challenge, and there’s no doubt that penalty tilted the game in Chelsea’s favor.
This is what Alan said after the game last night:
“We looked a little lackluster in that first half and a bit tired in one or two areas.” “That gave Chelsea a little bit too much of dominance in that first half ,and I was disappointed with the first goal since Torres made a complete meal of the challenge.”
“The second goal was a great goal but right before half time, so we should have prevented it really.” “But the second half I have to pay credit to my players. They showed real character and diligence because it’s tough to come here, and they have already won two games and we were 2-0 down.”
“We had to show a lot of belief and if we could have nicked a goal, and we should have after 75 or 80 minutes, then the face of the game could have changed.” “We had no Cheick today which I think affected us, and Anita had to play a full game on Thursday and a full game today, and he made one or two errors in the first half which is not like him.”
“We got beat here but we’ve had a good week really, if I’m honest.” “The two fixtures we’ve had in the Premier League, if we took two draws you would have been fairly happy. We’ve got a point more than that so I’m very pleased.”
“Our fans were brilliant today, absolutely brilliant today.” “I thank them for their support and hopefully next Thursday we’ll give them something happier to cheer about.”
Newcastle had no luck in this game, and sometimes for whatever reason things go against you, and if Newcastle could have scored a goal in that second half, it could have made things very interesting, as Alan points out.
But we couldn’t take our chances, and we should have scored at least one goal in the second half – but we didn’t and picked up our first loss of the season.
We thought we were a bit lucky to get all 3 points last week against Tottenham, so this kind of evens things up a bit, but if we can get all 3 points next Sunday afternoon against Aston Villa, in front of a full house at St. James’ Park, we’d be very happy with 6 points from our first three tough league games.
That’s the wya we are looking at things at the moment, and of course we need a win on Thursday night against Atromitos (or a 0-0 draw) to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.
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