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Chelsea lead Stoke at the half after early John Terry goal

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It took only 95 second for Chelsea to take the lead on Monday, with John Terry heading home the first corner of the game. After the goal, it turned into an ugly game, with very few quality chances for either side.

Despite the early goal, the first half wasn't without some controversy. Stoke were feeling particularly Stokey from the onset, and how Phil Bardsley is still on the pitch is beyond me*. Nineteen minutes in, the Stoke fullback went sliding in to dangerously hack down a sprinting Eden Hazard, and the Potters should feel very fortunate that they still have eleven players on the pitch.

*This is the same Phil Bardsley that was retroactively suspended after a stamp on Juan Mata two seasons ago.

With any luck, the Blues will manage an early second half goal to effectively kill the game off, and they can escape the Britannia before anyone is seriously injured. Up the Blues!

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