Southampton 1-2 Chelsea: Is this our biggest win under Guus Hiddink this season so far?
Photo: Getty Images Travelling to Florida, delayed by four hours, I had got to see 65 minutes of...
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I say that I was stunned because Southampton very rarely get beat at home and have a good defensive record. Secondly, I do not believe at any stage this season we have come back from being a goal down, away from home, to win the game and take the three points.
I just happened to be sitting on the same plane with the six Chelsea Ladies representatives travelling with England Ladies for a Tournament in the USA. Looking around, I saw winners sitting literally yards from me after their fantastic achievements last season and thought back to last May as we lifted the Premier League trophy for the first time in five years. The similarities at the time were there for all to see.
That team that won the Premier League and the League Cup last season, as throughout the last decade were a dogged, determined side that would never give in or give up, they had an underlying belief that they could match and beat any team they face whether it was with our quality in attacking areas or defensive stability that formed the solid base to build from. All Chelsea fans would agree that our team could mix it up with the best of them and most importantly of all, they knew exactly what it took to get the job done; they knew how to win.
That's been the most disppointing aspect of our season this year for me and the reason why I got on board my flight at Gatwick Airport, a goal down and not playing that great fearing the worst. Throughout the first half of the season, in times of adversity, we have looked for a response, looked for someone to come up with an answer and it's not happened. We literally had nothing and we beaten in most of our games fair and square.
It's amazing what goes through your head on a nine hour flight not knowing what the outcome was. You wonder if that was that, did they score a second to make it worse, or did we at least respond and take a draw and an important point from the game? At no stage did three points enter the equation in my thought process.
I can tell you exactly what happened. As soon as we arrived and I could find some sort of a signal in the Terminal, I logged onto Twitter to see what had happened and forgetting where I was (the immigration queue with hundreds of other people around me some distance from the Chelsea Ladies and England I might add), I exclaimed "Yes! My god we've only gone and beaten them 2-1!" To which the wife advised me to shut up because everyone is staring! I didn't care one jot!
As I said I had watched up to around 65 minutes on a dodgy connection at Gatwick. I believe it was around that time as it was shortly after Diego Costa was played in at the back post and got caught in two-minds whether to head it or volley it home and got himself in a mess and sliced it yards wide when it looked like it was easier to score!
At this point, based on the fact that I never got to watch the game in full to form an opinion, I simply do not care how people played, how the team played (apart from that awful error by Rahman and the injury blow to Pedro) and how the game played out in front of you because all that matters to me and the Chelsea fans around the world is the fact that we fought back, we didn't give up and we took the three points with a cross that found it's way into the corner in addition to a commanding header from Branislav Ivanovic, one of those players who has literally shaken himself out of the slump he had found himself in and has become an important player for us once again.
This is massive for Chelsea, this is massive for the players, this is massive for Guus Hiddink and most importantly of all this is massive for the fans. We have shown a determination to not give up, we have shown fight and that deep down inside, there is a desire to play for Chelsea and to wear the shirt with the same hunger as those of the last decade. I may be going a little over the top here so you will have to forgive me but in my view it's that important!
For our confidence it was so important to keep the momentum going and we have done exactly that and have put ourselves within striking distance of the top ten heading into Norwich tomorrow. Some people will play it down and state that we were lucky but I don't care because it's what gets registered in the record books at 5pm that matters.
Without question, this is the biggest result of our season and it could turn out to be a real pivotal moment in our season. What do you people think?