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Clint Dempsey's Elbow Leaves A Texas Star Imprint on JT's Face


Three minutes into yesterday's West London derby, Fulham's Clint Dempsey rose in a challenge with Chelsea's captain John Terry and left the mark of Dempsey's home state of Texas across the cheek of JT's face.

A deliberate elbow because I saw it as Dempsey's elbow struck JT's face I was in line of it from my seat at Stamford Bridge. I saw it, everybody on my side saw it, but the referee and assistant referee didn't and for me that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

Seventeen minutes from time Drogba's boot almost took Baird's head off - yellow card followed by a red - no complaints there. Drogba gave away his first yellow card so cheaply in the first-half by arguing with the ref that Chelsea should have had a penalty. As it was at the other end of the ground from my seat, its difficult to tell.

Terry didn't come out for the second-half and Drogba was given the armband.

Chelsea's lack of a goal yesterday is the fourth league game in succession where they haven't scored and its the 2nd home game on the spin where the game has ended 0-0 and the away tema and their fans have been the ones going home happiest.

Chelsea's next home game in the League is not until the end of October, but before then with Champions League and two away fixtures to play - Chelsea has to find goals from somewhere!!!

Its not that Chelsea didn't create chances, they did and missed. For those shots that were on target, Kasey Keller pulled off two tremendous saves, the first from Kalou and then from a Drogba thunderbolt.

Fulahm could have easily won the game at the end, where they created three decent chances, once A Cole was substituted for Malouda and it appeared that Grant gave Alex license to do what he wanted, leaving horrendous wide gaps at the back.

Cech saved well from Konchesky and then Belletti and Alex both blocked brilliantly.

The unbeaten home record is still intact but only just, but if Chelsea continue in this vain, it won't be on the home record that will be lost so easily!!!



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