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Ian Brown reports for the BBC
"Chelsea never geuninely got to grips with dogged Everton"
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Saturday, 11 March, 2000, 17:24 GMT
Chelsea shed vital points

Chelsea took their foot off the gas after the interval
Chelsea 1-1 Everton

Chelsea were punished for a lacklustre diplay at Stamford Bridge as Everton equalised late-on to take away a well-deserved point.

The result damages the London side's bid to stay in touch with Leeds and Manchester United at the top of the table.

In-form Dennis Wise put the Blues ahead before the interval, only for the home side to squander the advantage to a Danny Cadamarteri goal.

Match facts
29 mins: Wise puts Chelsea ahead
69 mins: Cadamarteri equalises
After a workmanlike first-half, Chelsea relaxed in the second 45 minutes and failure to clear the long throw that led to Cadamarteri's goal typified their approach.

Wise was once again the home side's stand-out player, netting after just 29 minutes - his second goal in the space of four days following his winner against Marseilles in the Champions League on Wednesday.

But perhaps even more alarming than Chelsea's defensive weaknesses is the continuing lack of goals up front, as Tore Andre Flo, Chris Sutton and Gianfranco Zola once again failed to net.

None of them has scored in the league since 4 January and they rarely looked like troubling Everton all day.

Sutton slip-up

The rotation system was once again in effect as Thome, Roberto Di Matteo, Sutton and Jon Harley coming in for Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Flo and Gus Poyet.

Chelsea enjoyed two chances early on, with Wise putting it over the bar and Zola grazing the post from a free-kick.

The score just before the half-hour came as Di Matteo split the visitors' defence, delivering the ball to Sutton who chipped on to Wise for an easy conversion.

An understrength Everton did little better before the break. Only Cadamarteri created any danger to beat Frank Leboeuf twice and trouble Ed de Goey once.

The home side took its foot off the gas after the interval and the Merseyside club responded by equalising.

Sutton missed the ball in the air from a long throw, whereupon it fell to Cadamarteri whose turn-and-volley gave the Chelsea keeper no chance.


Chelsea: De Goey, Ferrer, Thome, Leboeuf, Harley, Di Matteo, Wise, Morris, Babayaro, Sutton, Zola.
Subs: Poyet, Ambrosetti, Flo, Cudicini, Terry.

Everton: Gerrard, Dunne, Gough, Weir, Collins, Barmby, Xavier, Hughes, Pembridge, Cadamarteri, Moore.
Subs: Myhre, Watson, Gemmill, Jevons, Ward.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)
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