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Chelsea 3 United 3

United came back from the dead to get a point at Stamford Bridge this afternoon!

Trailing 3-0, two penalties form Wayne Rooney and a header from Javier Hernandez were enough to rescue a situation that looked lost.

For the fixture Sir Alex Ferguson was able to recall Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Ashley Cole to the starting eleven.

United - De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, Rooney and Welbeck.

Subs - Amos, Berbatov, Park, Fabio, Scholes, Pogba, Hernandez

First Half - United kicked the game off and started well. There were screams for too early penalties, both of which were ignored by Howard Webb. The first coming after Young`s shirt was clearly pulled by Bosingwa and the second when Cahill fouled Welbeck.

De Gea showed some early nerves by not quite getting enough power to a fisted clearance but United breathed a sigh of relief when Meireles shot hit the side-netting, In a hesitant first half hour, the best moments saw Cech just get to a curling Young shot whilst an out of form Torres shot woefully wide from some distance out.

United, pushing forward with pace, thought they`d got in when Rooney slide an inch perfect pass towards Welbeck but ivanovic produced a great interception to deny Welbeck a shooting chance. Just past the half-hour mark we fell behind..

Sturridge was allowed to wriggle his way t the by-line and when he pulled across back it hit De Gea before then hitting the unfortunate Evans to go into the net.

Chelsea 1 United 0 (Evans og - 34 minutes)

In the ascendancy the home side then saw Sturridge unleash a blistering shot that De Gea did well to save before ending the half as the better of the two teams.

Cech, in the latter stages, was forced into three good saves. The first saw the keeper get a hand to a curling shot form Young, the second saw the keeper push away a Welbeck shot and the third saw him turn around the post a low shot form Rooney.

Half Time - Chelsea 1 United 0

United were out early for the second half but were soon to fall 2-0 down. Less than thirty seconds had been played before Torres played a good cross in and Mata met it with a ferocious volley that gave De Gea no chance.

Chelsea 2 United 0 (Mata - 46 minutes)

If United were looking to steady the ship they were in for a rude awakening four minutes later. Evra was penalised for a foul on Sturridge and Mata stuck the ball into the middle of the box where Luiz rose and saw his header deflect off Ferdinand to give Chelsea what seemed an unassailable lead.

Chelsea 3 United 0 (Luiz - 50 minutes)

But all credit to United, they didn`t meekly give up and instead worked their way back into the game. In the fifty-sixth minute Evra advanced into the area and was upended by Sturridge.

Rooney stepped up and smashed an unstoppable penalty high into the net.

Chelsea 3 United 1 (Rooney pen - 57 minutes)

Sir Alex made a change, bringing on the wise head of Scholes and taking off Rafael having already introduced Hernandez for Young.

De Gea reacted well to save a Mata shot after some incisive passing from Luiz had opened up our defence. Whilst Rooney, becoming more and more influential in the game; drilled a shot wide from outside the area.

With sixty-seven minutes played we were awarded a second penalty when Welbeck tumbled over after a challenge from Ivanovic. Once again Rooney stepped up but this time his spot kick was placed the other side of Cech and the arrears had been further reduced.

Chelsea 3 United 2 (Rooney pen - 68 minutes)

Hernandez had a decent chance to get United level, after Romeu had given the ball away, but the Mexican shot wide. De Gea, his confidence growing by the minute, turned a long range shot from Essien over the bar before, as we entered the last ten minutes, Welbeck headed wide from a corner.

But United were to get level with eighty-four minutes played. Rooney made some space and his fierce shot was turned away by Cech. Giggs was lurking out wide and his cross fell perfectly between Luiz and Cahill for Hernandez to head home.

Chelsea 3 United 3 (Hernandez - 84 minutes)

As the game headed into stoppage time, De Gea made two fantastic saves. The first saw the Spaniard somehow get a hand to an excellent free kick from Gea to turn it wide and the second saw him turn a pile-driver from Cahill just over the bar.

A point gained or two lost, you decide in our poll!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 5 2012

Time: 6:54PM

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With a little help from your friends eh?
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05/02/2012 19:27:00

are you referring to Mike Dean?
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05/02/2012 19:30:00

4 solid penalty calls and only 2 given, take your blue tinted glasses off
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05/02/2012 20:05:00

What an absolute joke you biys are! 4 penalties in 2 games says it all!!! Evra was going nowhere for the first ponalty and then the way Welbeck left his leg hanging, looking for the penalty....CHEAT, CHEAT!! I would pray that City beat you to the title this season, you deserve NOTHING this season. The world and his dog thinks you are SCUM!!!!!!!!!!!!
AVB Prodigy
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05/02/2012 21:07:00

don't forget to put Howard Webb's name in your MOTM poll, he'll run away with it.
ten men
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05/02/2012 21:08:00

hard earned away point deserves alot of credit and certainly upset some people on here tonight LOL
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05/02/2012 22:33:00

The bitter blues begin to crop up now... Can we atleast have some of the respectable, level-headed and logical vitalchelsea members? 4 penalties in 2 games AVB notsoprodigy and it should've been 6, you guys were reckless and rash with your challenges as for looking for the penalty didn't Zhirkov do the same not too long ago and 'trip' over Smallings trailing leg, did Chelsea fans call him a cheat? Get a grip mate. Tenmen he should be in your MOTM poll mate as he was hapless we had 4 penalty shouts 3 of which were blatant penalties and he only gave 2, he saved you from being exposed as the past it, lathargic, fragile, inexperienced and incompetent side that you are currently are.
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05/02/2012 22:33:00

a team that gives away a 3 goal lead at home will cause a lot of bitterness with thieir fans. A team that comes back to level 3- 3 now that wins you titles .Now bring on the scousers
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05/02/2012 22:45:00

it is no wonder man.u have 19 trophies,which are right gotten from the same bias officiating by your 12 man howard webb and the fa.i am just sitting here and wondering what would your trophy cabinet would be without the help of all this bias decission.
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05/02/2012 23:08:00

It's only my hate for €ity and Chelski that makes me find this alll hilarious. Towards the end of the game I heard Cahill was man making Webb.
Tottenham Hotcore
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06/02/2012 01:42:00

If you check the vital Chelsea, the vast majority of the Chelsea fans do not blame Webb, everyone knows that United could/should have had 2 more penalites. Furthermore the majority say that Chelsea were lucky, and thats a fact, they were poor to say the least, how United was behind in the first half is beyond me, but Chelsea looked bad throughout the game as they have for most of the season, and they were lucky to get a point.
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06/02/2012 07:39:00

What's this about 2 more penalties? One maybe for the shirt pull, although Vidic constantly gets away with that. The Cahill tackle was outside the box. Alarming that you found yourself 3 goals down against a depleted Chelsea side. If only AVB knew how to get his team to see out a game you'd have come away with nothing. Ah well, another 2 points dropped, keeps the blue half smiling :)
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06/02/2012 09:00:00

Ferguson's comments about the linesman - "That assistant referee, who's all too happy to flag at Old Trafford for penalty kicks, didn't give them."
I didn't know the rule about never awarding penalties against United at Old Trafford was so public... A totally pathetic attack yet again from Ferguson, which if it came from a different manager would recieve censure but as it's from him will not even earn him a slap on the wrists.
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06/02/2012 09:37:00

Naoise mate, surely you don't expect the Premier League's cash cow to abide by the same rules as everyone else?
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06/02/2012 09:42:00

Uncalled for but not unfair attack by Fergie on the linesman, refereeing standards and consistency has been shockingly poor this season. Fair dues with the Cahill challenge not being a penalty but still worthy of a red card for denying a clear goalscorin opportunity something Cahill himself has acknowledged himself.
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06/02/2012 12:27:00

What did Cahill say mate? First look in real time it seemed Cahill got the ball, on the slo-mo it seems Welbeck got there first, however he kicked the ball away from goal so therefore Cahill did not prevent a clear goalscoring opportunity and didn't deserve red. As for Slur, he should be fined again for bringing the game into disrepute.
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06/02/2012 13:09:00

This your 12th man is doing a great job for you.You played like cowards at the bridge and he came to your rescue twice.You don't deserve 2nd place let alone winning the league.It's because l'pool ,chelsea and arsenal have slipped.The post match of your 70 year old oldman was very pathetic.After all the gifts he got from webb he went ahead to blame the linesman.You guys have been lucky in 4 consecutive clashes with the blues.God help you next season when you meet us.
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06/02/2012 15:24:00

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06/02/2012 15:46:00

That fecking garbage is and will always remain a mug.Check the officiating statistics of all the matches involving manure and other top teams you 'd be suprised that that clown has officiated more manure games than any other TOP referee in the last few years.Howard webb is a joke and a disgrace to the whistle family and don't deserve the accolades accorded him by his senseless fathers(i.e FIFA and FA). I can confirm to you that manure will be relegated when that scumbag retires from refereeing.HOWA RD WEBB IS A MANURE MIDFIELDER/ STRIKER WHO IS BETTER THAN THE XAVI, INIESTA AND EVEN MESSIS' of this world.I know manure signed him on a free transfer and is now worth a £100mil pound but i have made him(HOWARD WEBB) MY TOP PRIORITY SIGNING IN THE SUMMER after watching him play fantastic fecking football yesterday.GARBAGE !
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06/02/2012 21:35:00

Well it seems we haven't had one objective and level-headed VitalChelsea member, maybe next time.
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07/02/2012 07:48:00


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