Norwich 1-2 Chelsea: Who cares about the second half performance - it's another three points!
We are at the business end of the season with points being the be all and end all at the moment. ...
We are at the business end of the season with points being the be all and end all at the moment. If any if you were asked would you take a below par performance and three points all of us would have said "Yes!" and last night was a massive three points.
Now I am away on holiday in Port Charlotte, Florida for the next two weeks and am unable to watch the games relying on Social Media for updates and various clips of the game. Judging by what I was reading last night, Chelsea played well in the first half and clung on to the three points in the second half and it's important to understand that at times these things happen.
When you concede the amount of chances as we had last night in that poor second half, you rely on defensive organisation, a strong Goalkeeper and luck. It sounds like we had plenty. Norwich couldn't take the chances or openings they had created, Thibaut Courtois stood firm and made a point blank save late on to deny the home side.
There will be those that complain about the way we sat back and approached the second half. There will be those that complain about the fact that our first half and second half performances were so different and I do understand why people would be like that this morning. However, and I do keep saying this, it's what goes in the record books that matters.
At this point, I would like to focus on the positives from the game rather than any negatives because it's important to keep doing so. Kenedy's goal after 39 seconds was outstanding and will give him confidence. To create what he did out of literally nothing was really good to see and to have the confidence to take the shot on at such an early stage is encouraging.
Bertrand Traore's assist for the controversial Diego Costa goal is another moment in the game that will breed confidence in the youngster. To be given his first start in the Premier League is another boost for him ahead of Alexandre Pato.
Diego Costa scored yet another goal to add to his impressive run under Hiddink. OK, he may have become isolated at times in the second half but it's the fact that he is in the right areas, making the right run and being picked out by his team mates that will mean more to him than anything.
Finally, it's the fact we won the game that is a major plus. We ground out the result (albeit with a bit of luck as stated previously) whereas earlier in the season we would have dropped points. We won, we took three points and now sit in the top half of the table within striking distance of the Europa League place. We keep our momentum going and take it into the home game against Stoke which will be another hard battle to win.
As I said, forget the performance because all that matters to all of us right now is that we pick up as many wins and three points as possible. If we were offered three points before kick-off we would have bitten your hand off for them. We beat Norwich 2-1!
Onwards and upwards!