Match Report: Stock City 3-2 Chelsea FC

Mou vs Stock

In a match Chelsea defense was horribly exposed, Stock City managed by former Blues’ player Mark Hughes beat Jose Mourinho’s men 3-2 in Brittania Stadium. Despite Andre Schurrle scoring two wonderful strikes in each half, Stock City capitalized on a horrendous display from the back line of the opposing team to get a deserved win in some regards. We will hear the reasoning of the defeat from Jose’s post match comments but it’s the team’s defensive errors that cost us an opportunity to close in on the high flying gunners leading currently with 4 points clear with a game to play on Sunday.

Stock vs Chelsea scoreline

Team starting 11s:

Stock City (4-2-3-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Muniesa; Whelan (Palacios 85), Nzonzi; Walters (Assaidi 82), Adam (Ireland 17), Arnautovic; Crouch.

Chelsea FC (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel (Lampard 69); Schurrle (Eto’o 69), Mata, Hazard; Torres (Ba 58).


The game started with the Blues dominating possession and looking dangerous while Stock City were simply trying to close down and not give away spaces in the back. Andre Schurrle started the game in a fantastic fashion by winning corners and looking livelier than any of our strikers. Then in just nine minutes the Blues had taken the lead.

Mikel picked the ball up just inside the Stoke half and played the ball forward into the feet of Schurrle, who took a touch before weaving in and out of Ryan Shawcross and firing a brilliant left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

The visitors looked in control for the vast part of the first half, during which Charlie Adam had to be replaced by Stephen Ireland due to injury, but went into the break level due to a poor piece of goalkeeping from Petr Cech. Still it was the Blues who were having much possession and Stock were trying to break the deadlock from scary counter attacks through the paces of Stephen Ireland, Walters and Arnautovic.

And in the 41st minute, Chelsea biggest worry of the past week had started yet again in the penalty box from a set piece. Sunderland had capitalized on three dead balls after a Chelsea clearance in the box to score in the midweek but luckily we didn’t suffer as a result by hitting four. In this after noon though, It was Peter Crouch who got a chance with his left foot and hit it nicely and low to equalize.

Cech made a mistake by not clearing or handling the ball nor staying in goal and stop the shot.

The second half was just five minutes old when Stoke forged ahead. Walters pushed over Cesar Azpilicueta on the right, and Chelsea wanted a foul. But the Republic of Ireland international escaped down the wing and found Ireland who curled a superb shot towards goal and saw the ball bounce in off the base of the post.

Three minutes later, Chelsea restored parity. Juan Mata’s free-kick came off Crouch’s thigh and the ball was heading out of the area – only for Schurrle to send it back with a crashing left-foot volley that flew in for his third goal of the season.

Fired up after Schurrle’s brilliant equalizer, the Blues continued to dominate and push forward further more. And the German was so close to getting his hat trick if not for the ball hitting the top of the cross bar.

Our first substitution of the afternoon saw Ba replace Torres just before the hour, but it was Stoke who should have restored their lead nine minutes later when Ireland passed up a glorious opportunity, firing inches over the bar from a Crouch lay-off. Then, Frank Lampard came on for Mikel while Eto’o replaced Schurrle in a switch that maybe was a mistake by Jose as the Cameroonian looked very much ineffective in the wing while Ba was neither taking his chances in the box to score nor link up with his team mates with quick touches.

Chelsea fire-power upfront was surely reduced by those two horrible tactical switches and Stock capitalized in the stoppage time through super-sub Oussama Assaidi. The Moroccan had came on late on to replace the cautioned Jonathan Walters. He collected the ball in the left channel from Ireland’s pass, before cutting infield behind Branislav Ivanovic and then firing in an excellent right-foot shot to put Stoke ahead once more.

Despite 5 mins being added, there was no turning back for Jose’s men despite some good efforts late on from the Blues. Follow on Twitter (@FahmiCFC) – What We Learned soon to come!


  1. Anonymous says

    Where are the Mata and Mikel people? Where are they? Mou did exactly what you are cry for, so what is the result? We don’t have a proper defensive mifielder as mikel for me is not a good enough. Ramires is tired now. Mata didn’t bring bring nothing today, nothing! Mou has not a good team, We don’t have a good striker, no good midfield defender. Let hope we will be in the top 4, thanks to UTD, they are rabbish this year, otherwise, it will be difficult for us.

    1. Anonymous says

      I am a Mata fan, but he and hazard didn’t do shit today, Schurrle was the only one doing things, and our back 4 does not know the meaning of the world tackle.

      1. adam says

        hazard was far better than him. useless mata

  2. adam says

    Players rating from yahoo sport: Mikel 5, Mata 5, Torres 5: unbelievable!

    Mata and Mikel are not good enough for me. Where are those people who are cry for these 2 players. is become Mata fan club.

  3. adam says

    mou is not a magician: when you have a team with the strikers cannot score a single goal away macth. It is been too long now with torres, this useless player with Mikel back pass. What mou can do. Hopefully, we will buy a striker in January. Cabaye and Falcao will be great.

  4. Michael kiluu says

    Mata s wat u needéd some fans ha mou congratz 4 dem their player who cant fit physical game ,mikel didnt deserve 2 subed

  5. ken says

    Mou whether u lyk it or not u nid a world class striker. Your strikers r poor cant even score goals especialy Torrels. Its high time u xchange him wt Falcao. Then u nid to sort out ur defence, of late thy r conceding silly goals. Also u nid to get Romeu to alternate wt Mikel and get Cortouis bak to compete wt Cech.

    1. adam says

      Good, finally everyone are back to basic: Mou has not a stricker, no good defensive midfielder and a kepper who is useless: this means that we don’t have a good team and because of Mou we are second so far, otherwise we will be in same level than UTD.

  6. Jk says

    Poor Mourinho! Azpilicueta is not a leftback. In defence we need Luiz and Cole back in the starting XI. Rafa had created a killing team but Mourinho has destroyed it by trying to install a mechanism that our kids can’t cope with. Our players are so good after making the changes I have just said. If fans can see the problem why not the coach? If you have been analysing games you must have realised that our football has gone down and that we are winning out of luck with poorly constructed goals which blindfold us from seeing poor games we’ve been playing despite the wins. We need to protect our balls. Players are losing ball very easily and also when with the ball they don’t kep it for long. Conceding six goals in two matches is so disappointing and this uncovers the weaknesses of a team. We need to play carpet football that Rafa had introduced if we really need to survive.

    1. adam says

      “Rafa had created a killing team “: when we win, we don’t see the name of raffa or any stupidity from you. You shut up your big mouth as you don’t have anything to say. We conceded 2 silly goals: is it the fault also of mou?

      For raffa, I don’t see anything he brought to Chelsea. We don’t a good striker, good midfielders. The keeper cech has been awful so far and you are talking about mou. Do you thing mou is a magician??

  7. Zyte says

    @ adam u are right 1)mikels assist 2 schurrle was a back pass & schurrle scored an own goal that is why we lost@ adam u are right 1)mikels assist 2 schurrle was a back pass & schurrle scored an own goal that is why we lost@ adam u are right 1)mikels assist 2 schurrle was a back pass & schurrle scored an own goal that is why we lost@ adam u are right 1)mikels assist 2 schurrle was a back pass & schurrle scored an own goal that is why we lost.
    2)then ramires hit & mis scored 2 excellent goals 4 cfc.
    3)ivan lack of mobilit

  8. Zyte says

    some are asking where is mata & mikels fan?cfc fans have become tribalist.please am a cfc fan & do criticise as well praise al our players witout if al u saw in this match was that mikel floppd,then sorry 4 u.flop of the match was torres.iva,cech & rami did worse than mikel & mata.2 me mata was average & not a flop.

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