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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 18:59 GMT
Carling Cup as it happened
Chelsea 2-1 Everton


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2145: So, that's that for tonight. I hope Fabio Capello was as impressed as I was. Shaun Wright-Phillips must be a dead cert for the Italian's first England squad, but Joleon Lescott might be struggling now. Join Caroline Cheese tomorrow for Arsenal v Tottenham - if you thought this one was feisty, you ain't seen nothing yet. Laters.

2144: Player Rater latest: Shaun Wright-Phillips head and shoulders above everyone else (especially Joleon Lescott), on 7.85. Claudio Pizarro is the villain of the piece, on a forgettable 4.95.

2143: "Sorry Everton, but we're called "Top Four" for a reason."
TheTruthabtFooty on 606

2142: "There is only one Avram Grant!"
Dazza, via text

2140: What an incredible end to the game at Stamford Bridge. It looked as though Chelsea were there for the taking, but somehow they managed to find a winner and they hold the advantage going to the second leg at Goodison Park in 15 days time. Incidentally, the winner is officially being credited to Shaun Wright-Phillips, but I'd expect that to change.

2139: FULL-TIME Chelsea 2-1 Everton

2138: Joleon lescott has a great chance to equalise, put clean through by Tim Cahill, but he stumbles on the ball and then can only clip his shot straight at the advancing Hilario.

2136: GOAL Chelsea 2-1 Everton
Joleon Lescott has scored an own goal and Stamford Bridge erupts. Lescott was under massive pressure from Shaun Wright-Phillips at the back post, the little midfielder rising high to challenge the Everton defender in the air after Michael Ballack's looping left-wing cross.

2135: We are into the four minutes of stoppage time now.

2134: "Tactically, I think Avram Grant could never be among the good managers. He's always relied on the strength of the Chelsea squad, not tactics. Bringing on Sidwell for Cole at that time was wasteful, and unwise."
KWEKU1 on 606

2132: Ricardo Carvalho heads wide from a Chelsea corner from the right. Meanwhile, Yakubu is taken off by David Moyes and Victor Anichebe comes on in his place.

2131: (Re 2124:) "I love the naivety of Chelsea fans. "Harsh red card" - it seems that everyone that supports Chelsea reads a different rulebook. That was a sending off if ever I saw one."
Aaron, via text

2126: Claudio Pizarro is taken off after his less-than-spectacular display, with Paolo Ferreira brought on for Chelsea. Anyone would think Avram Grant's settling for a draw.

2125: "Like I said - a late Ballack winner."
Yusuf_07 on 606

2124: "This seems like a familiar story for us this season. Periods of fine football undermined by a harsh red card and a goalkeeping blunder. How I miss the sense of invincibility we had under Jose. Our home supremacy is clearly at risk; if not tonight then soon - possibly, horror of horrors, at the hands of Spurs on Saturday."
Jay, via text

2122: Phil Neville is a little lucky not to pick up his second booking of the evening for a clumsy challenge on Florent Malouda.

2120: Juliano Belletti sparks mayhem by hacking away at the legs of Joleon Lescott and he picks up a booking for his endeavours. Lescott is furious and runs after the former Barcelona right-back, but he escapes a yellow card.

2116: "I would love to be on the flight that takes Mikel, Yakubu and Yobo to the African Nations Cup. I wonder what they will be talking about?"
redandblackT(1899 was a vintage year) on 606

2115: Joleon Lescott blocks off Juliano Belletti inside the Everton area and the Chelsea fans scream for a penalty, but nothing given.

2113: Oh my goodness me Everton nearly go in front. Yakubu expertly back-heels the ball on the left wing to send James McFadden away and he cuts in and gets near the byeline before his cross-shot clips the post and runs away to safety.

2110: "If Yakubu gets out of bed the right side, he's brilliant. If he doesn't, you're in trouble. I've managed players like him before."
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Graham Taylor

2109: Andy Johnson is booked for a late tackle on Ricardo Carvalho. After not booking Steve Sidwell, the referee's nightmare evening gets worse.

2108: GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Yakubu absolutely hammers the ball into the top corner on the half-volley from 10 yards, after Hilario completely misses a James McFadden free-kick and Joseph Yobo directs the ball back across goal.

2106: Steve Sidwell nails Lee Carsley, a truly horrific tackle, leaving his studs on the back of Carsley's leg. That, in my book, is a straight red, no question. Sidwell is not even booked after a long talking to. Poor refereeing.

2105: "Yes, a year ago it would've been just a booking, but this year, it's a straight red, everyone knows it, so he shouldn't have gone in like that, Mikel has got no-one to blame but himself."
Sebwinder on 606

2104: Joe Cole is taken off and Steve Sidwell comes on in his place.

2102: Magnificent stuff from Shaun Wright-Phillips. He gives the ball away to James McFadden, but brilliantly chases back and wins the ball back before sliding in Claudio Pizarro, but the Peruvian's horror show continues as he hits his 18-yard shot straight at Tim Howard.

2100: Things are hotting up. Chelsea now will not see Jon Mikel Obi again until the end of the African Cup of Nations. What a way to bow out. Steve Sidwell is being prepared, by the looks of things.

2058: SENT OFF
Jon Mikel Obi
is dismissed for a late, sliding tackle on Phil Neville. Dan, you were right about the ref.

2057: "It seems the Carling Cup has captured some magic while the FA Cup is struggling to recapture it."
Top Edge on 606

2055: Now Joe Cole is booked for a foul on Joleon Lescott. "This ref's a bit card-happy isn't he Stevo?" says my gaffer Dan.

2054: Claudio Pizarro is snuffed out in the Everton box, but Chelsea are dominant here and they look far more likely to grab the next goal.

2052: Phil Neville is the next man in the book and again it seems a touch harsh, the Toffees skipper cautioned for clipping the ankles of Florent Malouda.

2051: "For me, it is essential that we score a second goal and win this game 2-0 or by a two-goal margin, because Everton are not bad at home."
Chels' - in the blood on 606

2049: Shaun Wright-Phillips has another chance after a fine one-touch Chelsea passing move, but his 18-yard shot is straight down Tim Howard's throat.

2049: We're off again. No changes as yet.

2048: "Everton will come on stronger in the second half of this. 1-1 with McFadden to score."
Jonathan and Martin at Stamford Bridge, via text

2046: "No worries, Cahill will score an overhead kick again - 1-1 final score."
mdfactor on 606

2041: "I reckon that when Chelsea got Pizzaro for nothing they were ripped off. He's atrocious."
Phil, Lincolnshire, via text

2037: "How great is Ballack? He seems more settled so far this season and will be very significant in the remainder of the season."
abrighterview on 606

2035: Looking at the Player Rater chat so far, Shaun Wright-Phillips is miles out in front on 7.68. Tony Hibbert is really struggling at the moment, with a paltry 5.31.

2032: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Everton

2031: Andy Johnson finds some space to get his head on the end of a corner, but he can only nod well wide from 12 yards out.

2030: "Everton don't need to hang on, they need to score here because Chelsea will without a doubt score at Goodison Park. Many teams have drawn 0-0 or lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in two-legged ties against Chelsea, only to go on and lose their home leg or go out on away goals."
PulpGrape on 606

2028: Michael Ballack goes for an acrobatic finish just inside the Everton area, but Phil Neville just gets in there and prevents the German getting his shot away.

2027: "Shaun is going to be a massive player for us over the next few months."
Edward, Chelsea fan, via text

2026: "What's the point of Claudio Pizarro?"
dunne_and_dusted on 606

2025: "Too many English players in the Everton team. They need more foreigners."
Novelo on 606

2023: Great work by Everton. James McFadden slips in Joleon Lescott inside the Chelsea box on the left, but his cross is too close to Hilario, with Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Yakubu all waiting for a ball across the six-yard box. That's why Lescott should be playing centre-half, not left-back.

2021: In case you didn't know, new England manager Fabio Capello is among the crowd in west London.

2019: "I'm really impressed with Shaun Wright-Phillips playing in this role more infield. He's not playing wide, he's getting involved in the play all the time and he looks like he's really enjoying himself."
BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Graham Taylor

2017: Tony Hibbert is booked for a foul on Florent Malouda as Chelsea up the tempo once more. Everton are struggling to live with them at the moment.

2014: Nearly 2-0. Joe Cole runs half the length of the pitch and his shot is saved by Tim Howard as he surges into the area. Referee Peter Walton gives Chelsea a free-kick on the edge of the box for Phil Jagiekla's attempt to win the ball off Cole and from the resulting set-piece, Michael Ballack curls fractionally wide. Phew!

2013: "Excellent goal. But absolutely torrid defending. Wright-Philips had all the time in the world to pick his spot."
JohanMourinho on 606

2012: GOAL Chelsea 1-0 Everton
Shaun Wright-Phillips puts the hosts ahead with a nice turn and finish in-off the post from 12 yards after he was played in by Florent Malouda. Good goal, but where was the marking?

2010: "Drogba has already been out. There's too much expectation at Chelsea. This is a transition season."
Don, London, via text

2006: Everton are getting into some good wide areas, but their crossing is utterly hopeless so far. Joleon Lescott this time is the culprit, down the left.

2003: "It seems as if Chelsea's attack is non-existent. How the season could fall apart without Drogba for a month."
Anonymous, via text

2001: "Pizzaro is useless. Bring on Ben Sahar!"
Bluestopfan on 606

1959: Ooooooooooooohhhhh. Juliano Belletti nails a shot from the right-hand edge of the penalty area which screams narrowly high and wide of Tim Howard's goal. It's a lively start for a first leg game, no doubt about it.

1957: Yakubu strolls past Alex as if he isn't there, but Mikel Jon Obi gets back quickly to nip the danger in the bud.

1954: Lee Carsley is booked for a late challenge on Florent Malouda. Seemed a bit harsh, to be fair to Carso. Michael Ballack gets away with a warning for sliding in late on Phil Neville after the whistle had blown.

1953: "Does anyone else think that David Moyes looks like Moe from The Simpsons?"
Harvey, Liverpool, via text

1952: James McFadden plays Phil Neville in down the right, but the Everton captain's cross is woeful and it bounces out for a goalkick. Why on earth is he playing right-wing?

1951: "Jeez, looks like it's very windy down there at the moment. I think it could very well be a factor."
toffees1888 (Irish evertonian of TBBCOE) on 606

1949: Half-chance at the other end and the ball falls nicely for Shaun Wright-Phillips, but his shot from the edge of the box is horribly sliced and it flies miles wide.

1948: First sniff for the visitors, Yakubu plays a ball over the top for Andy Johnson, but Hilario races to the edge of his area to gather just ahead of the England striker.

1946: Andy Johnson and Lee Carsley get us under way at Stamford Bridge.

1944: "Wayne Bridge one of the best left-backs? Laughable... I bet Grant had his serious face on as well when he said that."
unitedforevernever on 606

1943: The teams are out to a rapturous ovation at Stamford Bridge. They're ready - are you?

1942: "I think Everton will be more focused after the weekend's nightmare, 2-0 to the Toffees."
Chris, Middle East, via text

1939: Avram Grant says Ashley Cole was fit for tonight's game, but he picked Wayne Bridge to play left-back instead. "They are the two best left-backs in England and they must both play regularly," said the Israeli.

1935: David Moyes is in cracking form in his pre-match chat. He's asked about the weekend's FA Cup defeat at Oldham. "Is that your first question, really?" jokes the Scot. "What about four wins in your last five away games then?" asks the interviewer. "That's a better first question, isn't it?" Moyes replies. He certainly doesn't seem nervous, anyway.

1931: "I think McFadden will definitely get on the scoresheet. I also feel a blunder from Hilario is on the cards."
Pete, Edinburgh, via text

1929: "I predict 2-0 Chelsea. Though I'd prefer Everton to win and then win the cup cos I always feel better losing to the team that won the cup Unless it was a final of course. Then I'd be gutted."

1927: Paul Fletcher, who will be writing a brilliant match report on tonight's game, informs me that the last time Everton beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was on 26 November 1994, when Paul Rideout notched the winner in a 1-0 victory.

1925: BBC Sport's Alan Hansen is sitting on the fence for this one. "It will be a lot tighter than people are expecting," said the three-times League Cup winner. "This tie is too close to call".

1922: "I believe Phil Neville. He is a fundamental part of the Everton team. At Man United he defined bit part."
Graeme, Glasgow, via text

1920: "I reckon Everton will nick this one 1-2. Chelsea have got no-one who can replace Drogba and they look shaky at the back without Terry and Cech."
James, York, via text

1919: Chelsea's Joe Cole seems bang up for it. "Everton are a brilliant side. It's a great challenge, but we've got to go and win on Tuesday," said the England winger. Could be a tasty one tonight.

1916: Everton skipper Phil Neville says leading the club out at Wembley would "probably be the best thing that has happened in my career". That's six-times Premier League winner, three-times FA Cup winner and Champions League winner Phil Neville. So, do you believe him?

1914: "What do you think the score will be? I reckon anything better than 1-0 will be ideal for Chelsea, but I can see Everton doing well - 1-1."
Return to the Shed - 72 on 606

I reckon it'll be 1-1 as well. Though I'm hoping for 4-4, obviously. Scorers? Pizarro and McFadden.

1912: "I think Chelsea will win by a goal from Ballack because he is a good player."
Tom, Rugby, via text

It gets no more simple than that.

1909: Team news in full:
Chelsea: Hilario, Belletti, Alex, Carvalho, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Obi, Ballack, Malouda, Joe Cole, Pizarro.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Yobo, Jagielka, Lescott, Cahill, Neville, Carsley, McFadden, Johnson, Yakubu.

1908: Some early team news, with Chelsea's Ricardo Carvalho back after suspension and Jon Mikel Obi plays too, while Joseph Yobo is fit to start for Everton.

1904: Remember, it's easy to get involved. Simply text on 81111, or join the debate on 606. It's not rocket science, and you don't have to be Iain Dowie.

1902: So, what price a 'cupset' at the Bridge tonight? Well, Chelsea are about as well-acquainted with losing at home as Fabio Capello is with the English language. It's now 55 games in all competitions since they lost at home, a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona. Domestically-speaking, it's 92 matches since Patrick Vieira and Edu bagged and the Gooners did them 2-1 in the Premier League.

1900: Forget the Cup with a capital 'C'. It's all about England's second favourite knockout competition tonight. We're down to the last four and Stamford Bridge is the venue for Part I of Chelsea versus Everton.

Chelsea v Everton photos
08 Jan 08 |  Football


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