Carling Cup: Everton 1 – 2 Chelsea

By Chris Bascombe at Goodison Park

Read a full match report of the Carling Cup fourth-round match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on Wednesday October 26 2011.

Chelsea overcame their lingering sense of injustice to claim a Carling Cup quarter-final place.

Despite being reduced to 10 men for the second consecutive game, an extra-time winner from Daniel Sturridge saw off Everton at Goodison Park.

Andre Villas-Boas was cursing officials again when his reserve keeper Ross Turnbull was dismissed for a professional foul on Louis Saha after 58 minutes.

At the time Chelsea were making comfortable progress towards the last eight thanks to a bizarre Soloman Kalou strike, but despite substitute Petr Cech’s penalty save from Leighton Baines, Saha forced the game into extra-time six minutes from time.

Everton conceded their numerical advantage when Dutch winger Royston Drenthe stupidly collected a second yellow card with twelve minutes of extra time left.

That enabled Chelsea to regain the ascendancy, as Sturridge struck in 116th minute, pouncing on the loose ball after Florent Malouda’s shot was pushed clear.

Given the number of changes — ten to the side beaten at QPR — you’d be forgiven for thinking Villas-Boas was not unduly concerned about events at Goodison.

His captain John Terry, unsurprisingly, was left at home to organise an altogether different kind of defence. The Portuguese coach may be new to English football, but he is evidently aware the prospect of a cocky Londoner thrust into a stadium full of provocative Scousers might have forced the FA disciplinary panel to be on call. Lampard, Torres and Mata were also left on the bench awaiting the possibility of a late cavalry charge.

They would not have expected their services to be required when they noted Everton defender John Heitinga’s early mission to cause havoc in his own territory as often and with as much destruction as possible.

The Dutchman has been out of favour recently and he wasted no time exposing why, gifting the visitors a 16th minute penalty with the needless clattering of enterprising youngster Josh McEachran.

Everton were fortunate that whatever reticence for the competition they might have been gleaned from the Chelsea manager’s team sheet appeared to be shared by Nicolas Anelka.

The French striker’s penalty was stroked casually wide. Two minutes later Sylvain Distin brought him down. Presumably still embarrassed by his feeble effort, or concerned he’d be asked to have another go from 18 yards, there was barely an appeal.

Chelsea were grateful the charity did not end there. Seven minutes before the break, Everton’s reserve goalkeeper, Mucha, inexplicably mishandled Kalou’s hopeful cross.

In cricketing terms, it was a dolly. He didn’t just have time to catch the looping ball, he could have juggled it a few times before clutching it. Instead, it bobbled out of his palms and over his head leaving Kalou to sheepishly accept his congratulation. The dubious goals committee may determine the unwanted credit lies solely with the Slovakian keeper.

This was the least Chelsea deserved before half-time, their reserve force comfortably controlling possession at a surprisingly dispassionate Goodison.

A few Louis Saha efforts aside, Moyes’ side were deficient in every department, while rookies Lukaku and McEachran offered a tantalising promise of an enterprising future at Stamford Bridge.

Belgian Lukaku has already been compared to Didier Drogba and on this evidence the comparison is not generous. His power and surging runs giving the Everton defence a consistently unkempt look.

The youngster was certainly overshadowing his experienced strike partner, Anelka, who was guilty of being too nonchalant again when sent clean through on 55 minutes.

His poor strike was easily saved by Mucha.

Villas-Boas Puji Semangat Chelsea

detikcom – Liverpool, Chelsea berhasil maju ke babak perempatfinal Piala Carling usai mengalahkan Everton dengan susah payah. Manajer The Blues, Andre Villas-Boas memuji semangat yang ditunjukkan oleh anak asuhannya.

Di Goodison Park, Kamis (27/10) dinihari WIB, Chelsea mempermalukan Everton dengan skor 2-1. Tim tamu unggul duluan lewat Salomon Kalou sebelum bermain dengan 10 orang akibat kartu merah yang diterima kipernya Ross Turnbull.

Everton memanfaatkan kelebihan jumlah pemain dengan terus menggempur pertahanan Chelsea. Akhirnya Luis Saha sukses menyamakan skor yang bertahan hingga peluit panjang.

Di perpanjangan waktu ini, kedua kubu akhirnya sama-sama bermain dengan 10 orang menyusul pemain Everton, Royston Drenthe gantian menerima kartu merah. Tidak berselang lama kemudian, Daniel Sturridge mencetak gol untuk kemenangan Chelsea.

Ini adalah pertandingan kedua beruntun di mana Chelsea selalu memperoleh kartu merah setelah di Liga Inggris saat menghadapi QPR bermain dengan sembilan orang. Villas-Boas menilai timnya telah menunjukkan ketahan dan kekuatan karakter.

“Kami sangat berkomitmen, kami menunjukkan ketahanan dan kekuatan karakter sekali lagi,” ucap si manajer seperti dikutip dari Soccernet.

“Kami tampil dengan 10 orang, sayang sekali sekali lagi dan membuat segalanya lebih sulit tapi kami mampu menang dengan situasi sulit dan ini pertanda yang bagus buat kami. Kami punya salah satu pertandingan yang sulit, tandang di Everton dengan tim terkuat mereka.”

“Mereka menunjukkan mereka ingin lolos tapi kami mampu, tidak hanya memainkan sepakbola bagus tapi juga menunjukkan komitmen dan gairah. Itu menunjukkan kami meningkat dan ini sangat memuaskan buat semua orang,” demikian Villas-Boas.