Chelsea 1-0 Palace

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Hazard (45)
Sun 3rd May 2015
Stamford Bridge
Att: 
41,566
Atmosphere
7
Performance
6

Crystal Palace made a valiant effort to delay Chelsea’s title win but were undone by an Eden Hazard dive in the penalty area. With half time approaching the Belgium international broke into the visitors penalty area and kicked out his right leg in order to force contact with James McArthur, who had pulled out of the challenge.

Hazard saw his spot kick saved, his first miss from twelve yards since joining Chelsea, but the ball fortuitously sat up for the PFA Player of the Year and he easily nodded past Julian Speroni.

The Eagles had previously saw their own penalty appeals waved away as John Terry clearly blocked a Jason Puncheon shot with his arm, but it was to be the Champions’ day.

Most Expensive Ticket, Worst View

I am not going to talk much about the game. It was a relatively drab affair. On another day the decisions may have gone Palace’s way or Zaha’s brilliant wing play would have found a Palace player in the middle instead of one of the sea of blue shirts that always seemed to be in the way. Although the lasting memory from this match will probably be how Didier Drogba is a shadow of the player that he once was. It also might just be the time that many Palace fans thought that Jordon Mutch might have something to offer (other than his awful political opinions – see his Twitter for more info).

Unfortunately I am going to have to talk about yet more disgraceful treatment of fans. Not from stewards this time but from Chelsea Football Club. Coming out yet again at the top of the table in the most expensive ticket league at £52 (£55 if you were in the Upper Tier) yet I could not see 90% of the pitch from my position in the stand.

I am 6ft1 but it was no better for my 5ft4 sister who could see the tiniest fraction more of the pitch than I could. All of this on a ticket that does not say “Restricted View” anywhere. If that is not the epitome of a “restricted view” then I am not sure what is.

Now don’t get me wrong. I know that it is not great at the back of the Arthur Wait with that monstrosity of a construction that was put in last season. It is quite frankly a scandal that fans are forced to pay through the nose for tickets to games and then end up with that sort of view.

As a result of the view I was forced to vacate my seat and stand in the aisles in order to get a view of the pitch where I was one Palace goal away from a potential broke ankle on the steps and one jobs-worth steward away from being thrown out for not staying in my seat. Arguably I would have been better off staying in my seat as opposed to watching “boring, boring Chelsea”.

So, I will be asking for a refund. I will let you know how I get on. Inevitably I will be told to f off, in only slightly more polite fashion.

Man of the Match:  Wilfried Zaha

Yet more proof for me that Manchester United have made a monumental error in letting him go. He spent half the game making Ivanovic look like a Sunday League full back and in a team that gets more bodies into the box than we do, he would be an incredible asset.

Oh how I would love him to score next week.

Atmosphere

“Mourinho’s right, your fans are shite” echoed time and time again through the away end. Meanwhile the rest of the stadium found it difficult to muster up any sort of noise regardless of the fact that they were just about to seal their first title in ten years. A genuinely embarrassing set of “fans”… and the real Chelsea fans I know would be the first to agree with me.

Up Next: Manchester United

On the pitch if Wilfried scores! (For the purpose of the Gestapo that now police Selhurst Park, this is a joke chant. I am not actually going to invade the pitch if Wilfried scores).

Come on you Palace!

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Referee: 
Kevin Friend

Crystal Palace

Palace Manager: 
Alan Pardew

Opposition

Opposition Manager: 
Jose Mourinho