Chelsea made a comeback in the second half to win 2-3 after Wimbledon took a shocking 2 goal lead as early as the first half. Alan Bennett gave AFC an early lead after just 38 seconds when he scored from their first corner, while being unmarked and he didn’t make any mistake to do so.
Up to that point in the match those were the only instances the home side had ventured into the Chelsea half but for all our possession James Shea in the Wimbledon goal was not tested until the 23rd minute, blocking Patrick Bamford’s close-range effort after a scooped John Swift through ball had played the forward in. A few minutes later, Zouma earned AFC a penalty after bringing down Tubbs from a cross that went pass all the defenders. On another occasion, that would have been a red card as being the last defender to take out a player. Nevertheless, Tubbs scored from the spot to give AFC a 2 goal lead.
A much-changed Chelsea side emerged after the interval – Schwarzer, Van Ginkel and Salah the only players retaining their place – and it began, from a Chelsea perspective, much better than the first half. But it took us up until the 73rd minute to get a goal back after a brilliant cross from Baker from the corner was not cleared well by the defenders only for Terry to hit the rebound. A more open Chelsea approach left spaces for Wimbledon to try and exploit but it had clearly added some impetus to our attacking play, too. Ivanovic, in his unusual striking role, almost raced on to Brown’s cute header, before Baker impressively picked out Salah from deep (pictured above). The Egyptian, by now the only man in yellow still on the pitch who had featured from the start, finished well as he fell down to earth. 2-2.
Chelsea sensed blood now and continued to pour forward in numbers, pressure leading to two corners in quick succession. The second of which, put in by Baker, met the towering Terry who thumped his header into the net to the delight of Mourinho on the sideline and the 1500 or so travelling Blues fans basking in the sun.
I give you my 50th article of my writing so far.Apologies for the lack of articles today.
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