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Today, we lost to Chelsea 3-1.

Coupled with West Ham and Man City wins, we tumble out of 7th down to 9th, with only goal differential separating 8th - 10th position. End of the world? Nope - a simple reality check.

We were cut open early and often. To our credit, we didn't simply capitulate. We fought back and played some dangerous, flowing, technical football, with Erik Nevland looking particularly dangerous. It simply wasn't enough. By the end, Chelsea were absolutely dominant and we were lucky to keep it 3-1. It could've been much worse. We simply lost to a much bigger club on their home patch - nothing more.

It's been a long season for such a small squad and, the wear and tear is starting to show. Not helping matters was the fact that for the second week running we lost both starting forwards to injury with Nevland being forced off in the first half and Zamora limping off in the second half. Zamora may have started the match injured, so I don't want to read too much into his early exit. We were lucky to avoid it all season, but it seems that the injury bug has decided to show its face. It's bad timing for our European aspirations, but I'd rather it happen now versus earlier in the season where it could've derailed our effort to avoid another relegation battle.

Did anyone sincerely believe we were going to leave Stamford Bridge with three points? I thought we might be able to get away with a 0-0 draw and a single point. That's what Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny told me, anyway. It was always going to be a tough match to get anything from, and though I'm disappointed, I was always looking past this match to Villa, Newcastle and Everton - the fixtures where we could realistically add to our point total and solidify our place in the top half of the table, whether that be 7th or 10th.




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Writer: Samboney Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 3 2009

Time: 9:34AM

Your Comments

after having relatively few injuries all season we're now picking them up every game :-(
Al Billy
after having relatively few injuries all season we're now picking them up every game :-(
Al Billy
thankfully we're on te home straight as far as the season goes!
Putney
thankfully we're on te home straight as far as the season goes!
Putney
still, the injuries could be enough to push us out of the top half of the table
FFC Daz
still, the injuries could be enough to push us out of the top half of the table
FFC Daz
Unless we just go in the tank, I don't think Wigan, Bolton or Stoke can catch us, so I feel fairly confident we'll remain in the top half.
Samboney
Unless we just go in the tank, I don't think Wigan, Bolton or Stoke can catch us, so I feel fairly confident we'll remain in the top half.
Samboney
We'll stay top half, but I have a feeling we will be nipped for Europe based on West Spam and Spur's victories...
KBFulham
We'll stay top half, but I have a feeling we will be nipped for Europe based on West Spam and Spur's victories...
KBFulham
while that would be bittersweet, i still think that a top ten finish would be spectacular... considering we stayed up with goal differential last season, i'd be very happy with top ten... but something tells me that goal differential will either keep us out of europe, or we'll just nick it... the only ones close to us with a better goal differential is man city... and they play man u next week, so maybe the reds can help us out by pouring in the goals... it's a very exciting end to the season this year, and for a completely different (and thankfully better) reason...
woodysweats
while that would be bittersweet, i still think that a top ten finish would be spectacular... considering we stayed up with goal differential last season, i'd be very happy with top ten... but something tells me that goal differential will either keep us out of europe, or we'll just nick it... the only ones close to us with a better goal differential is man city... and they play man u next week, so maybe the reds can help us out by pouring in the goals... it's a very exciting end to the season this year, and for a completely different (and thankfully better) reason...
woodysweats
Top ten will be fantastic all things considered but I want to at least match 9th as our best ever finish. 10th would be ok though.
AlexFFC
Top ten will be fantastic all things considered but I want to at least match 9th as our best ever finish. 10th would be ok though.
AlexFFC
 

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