Whatever has gone wrong at chelsea it has knocked a huge dent in their confidence. They created a number of good chances but fluffed far too many of them and then poor concentration at the back let a valuable win slip out of their fingers. Its back to the `luck` thing - when a team is playing with confidence and conviction things seem to go their way but when they are struggling the `luck` vanishes along with confidence and conviction . Players who would normally finish with calm authority snatch at chances whilst defenders do the same with clearances.
There is a great deal in that. In the last couple of months we have both not been scoring and we have been conceding at the back. Today gives us more hope at one end. We scored three and Lampard looked like back to something like his best at times.
It's at the back we've looked particularly bad. Today's defending was awful. Too many times in recent matches the defence has looked at each other rather than clearing the ball. The last Villa goal was a case in point.
Yet another frustrating result for a Chelsea fan. We've deserved some defeats in the last matches. But we've also deserved to win more matches than we did. The lack of points won has been extraordinary.