Gomes goes from villain to hero as he saves Drogba's spot-kick
By Mike Henson
Substitute Didier Drogba saw an injury-time penalty saved as out-of-form Chelsea were held to a draw in an absorbing contest at Tottenham.
Heurelho Gomes palmed away the Ivorian's effort after he brought down Ramires with an untidy challenge.
The Brazilian goalkeeper was earlier at fault as he flapped at Drogba's fierce drive to allow the Blues to pull level.
Roman Pavlyuchenko's neat control and precise finish had put the hosts ahead as Spurs started the brighter.
Such was Spurs' dominance early on that Chelsea appeared likely to suffer a fourth Premier League defeat in seven matches.
Chelsea problems in the past - Ancelotti
And although they rallied, a third consecutive league draw means Carlo Ancelotti's side have taken only six points from their last seven games and are still without a domestic win since the sacking of assistant manager Ray Wilkins on 11 November.
The Blues, though, will at least take heart from a second-half revival sparked by Drogba's introduction at the interval.
The striker had been left out of the starting XI with Nicolas Anelka in as the sole striker as Carlo Ancelotti looked to shock his stuttering side into life, but an experiment last trialled in defeat by Liverpool was unsuccessful once again.
Despite two early strikes from Michael Essien, Chelsea opened in nervy fashion with first Salomon Kalou and then Branislav Ivanovic committing basic errors as Spurs advanced with menace.
A cute flick from Luka Modric triggered a forward charge from Wilson Palacios but the former Wigan man could not pick out a telling pass to the groans of the crowd.
However the home fans did not have to wait long.
Jermain Defoe swept a ball across after meandering in from the left flank and Pavlyuchenko's superb first touch took him clear of the attentions of John Terry and Jon Mikel Obi. Having found space, he drilled a low shot inside Petr Cech's near post.
The setback did little to instil confidence in a Chelsea rearguard that has been unusually generous of late and a ruffled Ivanovic only just managed to shepherd the ball back to Cech as Modric nipped at his heels.
At the other end Kalou, charged with supplementing the attack in the absence of Drogba, got on the end of crosses from Ramires and Anelka, but could not make meaningful contact with either.
Chelsea's attacking struggles twice persuaded Terry to desert his defensive post in an attempt to add some muscle to his side's forward line and he was lurking dangerously as a Florent Malouda's cross floated across the six-yard box.
But Tottenham, with Alan Hutton and Benoit Assou-Ekotto impressive at the back, comfortably contained a Chelsea attack that had routinely devastated defences in the early days of the season.
A glanced header from Kalou wide of the post and an Anelka run that demanded a stretching intervention from Sebastien Bassong were as close as the hosts came to being breached before the break.
Ancelotti sacrificed the midfield cover of Mikel at the interval to introduce Drogba in an attempt to revive a misfiring attack that had scored only three goals in their previous six games.
The early signs were that the momentum remained with Harry Redknapp's men as long-range shots from Defoe and Modric faded wide.
But a hearty thump from distance from Drogba signalled the first spell of sustained pressure from the Blues.
Gomes dived low to his left to palm away the Ivorian's effort and had to be alert to tip over a stray defensive header from Palacios moments later.
Gomes made up for mistake - Redknapp
Tottenham thrust back though and Hutton came close to finding the forehead of substitute Peter Crouch with a floated cross. The striker lacked the power to get a strong connection on the ball - in stark contrast to Drogba who levelled shortly afterwards.
As Michael Dawson - in his first appearance in more than three months - attempted to deal with a bouncing ball, Drogba, with the hint of an arm, hustled ahead of the defender and drove a powerful shot straight at Gomes from an acute angle.
The Brazilian got his hands to the ball but could not stop its forward momentum as it looped off him and into the net.
Essien became an increasingly dominant presence in midfield as Chelsea scented three valuable points.
The action swung from end to end as fellow substitute Daniel Sturridge almost profited from Drogba's near-post flick-on and Lennon found the hoardings from outside the box.
Gomes' second major error appeared to hand Chelsea the contest as he charged into Ramires as the midfielder hunted Drogba's flick.
But the keeper redeemed himself in dramatic fashion, plunging to his left to push Drogba's attempt away to help Spurs back to fifth in the table - five points behind league leaders Arsenal who face Manchester United on Monday.
90:00+4:50 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+3:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Didier Drogba. Gareth Bale has an effort direct from the free
90:00+3:45 Booking Booking for Didier Drogba for unsporting behaviour.
90:00+2:21 Placed penalty taken by Didier Drogba saved by Heurelho Gomes. Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea.
90:00+0:53 Foul by Heurelho Gomes on Ramires, Penalty awarded.
90:00+0:53 Booking Heurelho Gomes receives a caution.
89:17 The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
88:37 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Raniere Sandro coming on for Wilson Palacios.
86:21 The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Keane. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
85:08 Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Peter Crouch takes a
shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
84:35 Centre by Daniel Sturridge, clearance by Michael Dawson.
83:31 Outswinging corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
81:02 Wilson Palacios fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
80:25 Shot from outside the box by Michael Essien goes wide right of the target.
79:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Aaron Lennon. Free kick crossed by Michael Essien, Peter Crouch
makes a clearance.
78:13 Shot from just outside the box by Aaron Lennon misses to the left of the goal.
77:33 Luka Modric fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed
from right channel.
77:33 Substitution Robbie Keane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roman Pavlyuchenko.
76:46 Substitution Frank Lampard is brought on as a substitute for Florent Malouda.
76:30 Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
76:01 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
75:37 Short corner taken by Florent Malouda.
74:29 Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
72:49 Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
72:49 Booking Michael Essien shown a yellow card.
72:17 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
71:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
69:20 Assist on the goal came from Petr Cech.
69:20 GOAL - Didier Drogba:Tottenham 1 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea.
68:54 The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge, clearance by Alan Hutton.
67:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Florent Malouda. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free
67:29 Substitution Daniel Sturridge on for Salomon Kalou.
65:50 Unfair challenge on Alan Hutton by Ramires results in a free kick. Alan Hutton restarts play with the free kick.
65:33 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
65:04 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
64:41 Michael Essien takes a shot. Sebastien Bassong gets a block in.
61:00 Shot from outside the penalty box by Gareth Bale goes wide right of the goal.
60:08 Foul by Ashley Cole on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
59:14 Substitution Peter Crouch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermain Defoe.
56:53 Foul by Florent Malouda on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
55:36 Corner from the left by-line taken by Florent Malouda, save by Heurelho Gomes.
54:48 Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Gareth Bale.
54:32 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
50:56 Luka Modric produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
49:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Didier Drogba. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
46:41 Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Mikel goes off and Didier Drogba comes on.
45:00+2:18 The match has reached half-time.
45:00+2:06 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.
42:19 The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
41:09 Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
40:36 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
38:45 Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Luka Modric.
36:51 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
34:33 Unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Headed
effort from deep inside the penalty area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
34:33 Booking The referee shows Benoit Assou-Ekotto a yellow card.
33:53 Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
32:57 Wilson Palacios concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
32:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Wilson Palacios. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
31:06 The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
30:00 Gareth Bale fouled by Paulo Ferreira, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale sends in a cross, Shot by Roman Pavlyuchenko
from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
27:11 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, save made by Petr Cech.
26:20 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
24:58 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
24:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Roman Pavlyuchenko. Florent Malouda crosses the ball from the
free kick left-footed from left channel, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
22:55 Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Roman Pavlyuchenko, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
22:07 Effort from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
21:05 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Ramires results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
16:15 The referee blows for offside against Salomon Kalou. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
14:55 Assist by Jermain Defoe.
14:55 GOAL - Roman Pavlyuchenko:Tottenham 1 - 0 Chelsea Goal scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea.
13:12 Gareth Bale has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
11:32 Michael Dawson challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes
in from Branislav Ivanovic.
10:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Aaron Lennon. Free kick taken by John Terry.
8:38 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes.
7:15 Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
4:54 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance by Michael Dawson.
2:10 Alan Hutton delivers the ball, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
1:11 Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
0:15 Salomon Kalou is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
0:00 The game gets underway.
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