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Chelsea 1-0 Portsmouth


Top of the League, first clean sheet of the season and Frank scores his third goal in a week. COME ON THE CHELS!!

I walked out of Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon just like Rafa Benitez - red faced because of the blazing hot sun beating down on me for the best part of an hour, and fat because of the copious amounts of water I had drunk to keep hydrated.

I have watched matches in many different sorts of weathers. Snow, freezing cold, heavy rain, high and blustery winds, but never have I sat in a football stadium with the heat and humidity as it was at Stamford Bridge yesterday. If the conditions were unbearable for me just sitting there watching the game until the Sun disappeared high over the roof of the Matthew Harding stand, I cannot imagine what it was like for both teams to play in.

Fair enough the players tried their best and Portsmouth at the end of the day could count themsleves unlucky not to have left Stamford Bridge with a point. It was to be especially once Ashley Cole brilliantly headed off the line from a close range Hreidarsson header with only a couple of minutes left on the clock.

The game for Chelsea was as difficult as I expected it to be. Portsmouth are well organised and dangerous when they attack. With the new 'formation' that Jose has decided to implement this season, two midfield wingers in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3, Chelsea will always leave spaces open for opposition teams to try to exploit and Portsmouth did but without rarely troubling Cech.

Taylor came close in the first-half but his close range shot was deflected past the post - but only just.

Chelsea's goal came in the 31st minute. Cech launched a long kick to Drogba who neatly brought the ball down and with a controlled back-flick to the on running Lampard, Frank scored with a shot from 20 yards that David James could only get a hand to before the ball hit the back of the net.

New signing Belletti made his debut as a second-half sub.


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