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Lacking Lamps, Bad Luck, Wound Licking & Player Ratings

Chelsea must be wondering what they have to do to score a goal, a team that started the season with two 6 nil score lines in a row, have somehow not managed to break down two so called lesser sides in succession.

The absence of Lampard was really evident today. The sooner he is back in action the better for Ancelottis side. Birmingham on the other hand have the brilliance of England’s Ben Foster to thank for today’s unlikely win against the champions. At times today Foster was a man possessed against a Chelsea frontline looking to bounce back after the shock Sunderland result.

Premier League Player Ratings

Sat 20 November, Kick off: 15:00, St Andrews Stadium

 Birmingham City (4-3-1-2)

 

26 – Ben Foster – Inspirational figure for Birmingham today, at times like a man possessed. 10

2 – Stephen Carr – With the help of Larsson in front of him adequetly dealt with the threat of Cole and more prominently Malouda. 8

5 – Roger Johnson – For the second week in succession a colossus at the back for the blues, in partnership with Dann won his tackles and competed with Drogba on occasion in the air. 8

15 – Scott Dann – As dependable as always in a steady backline under immense Chelsea pressure from the word go. 8

6 – Liam Ridgewell – Spent a lot of time infield making up the defensive numbers as Chelsea dominated possession but was never found wanting. 8

12 – Barry Ferguson – Got around the pitch well and tried as usual to get the blues ticking over, won a fair share of headers he had no right to win. 8

18 – Keith Fahey – Got up and down the pitch effectively and supported attacks and covered for Ridgewell as much as humanly possible. 7

7 – Sebastian Larsson – Got stuck in and played some decent balls into the channels for Jerome to chase onto although Chelsea’s dominance of possession thwarted him creatively. 7

4 – Lee Bowyer – In for top scorer Gardener and delivered the same all action display as his younger team-mate, clinical finish from the veteran from Jeromes knock down. 8

19 – Nikola Zigic – Is still yet to justify his £6 million move in the summer, another Premier League game passes the ungainly striker by. 5

10 – Cameron Jerome – Plenty of effort and endeavour, his pace was a constant thorn in both Chelsea centre backs day, good header on for Bowyers goal. 7

 

Subs:

13 – Colin Doyle

28 – Martin Jiranek

17 – Michel

22 – Alexander Hleb – Came on in 72th minute for the ineffective Zigic, only touched the ball twice. 5

9 – Kevin Phillips

14 – Matt Derbyshire

23 – Jean Beausejour

Chelsea (4-3-3)

 

1 – Petr Cech Spectator for pretty much the entire game, came and claimed a few rare Birmingham crosses well, faultless for the goal. 7

3 – Ashley Cole Got forward more and more as game progressed and always an attacking outlet for Chelsea. 7

19 – Paulo Ferreira Quietly went about his work without really being noticed, tried to support attacks were possible, replaced on 64 for Bosingwa. 6

2 – Branislav Ivanovic Caused problems by Jeromes pace all afternoon, went missing for Birminghams goal. 6

33 – Alex Jeromes constant ability to get in behind caused him problems all game, lost crucial header that led to Bowyers goal. 6

15 – Florent Malouda Looked to be positive with every touch looked to unlock the sturdy blues backline but thwarted everytime. 7

12 – Mikel John Obi Combative won his tackles and distributed well, tried to turn defence into attack at every chance. 7

7 – Ramires Sturdy at heart of Chelsea midfield lacks the ability to unlock defences with that Chelsea miss with Lampards absence, replaced on 71. 6

39 – Nicolas Anelka Lively and always an attacking threat with his movement and crossing unlucky Foster was in inspired form. 7

11 – Didier Drogba Was back to his best today, Chelsea have missed his cleaver movement and strength, like Anelka was unlucky Foster played today, on another day may have had 4 goals. 7

21 – Salomon Kalou Looked to get the ball down and run at the Blues defence where-ever possible, found the defence in inspired form though. 7

 

Subs:

22 – Ross Turnbull

17 – Jose Bosingwa – Replaced Ferreira on 64, more of an attacking presence for Chelsea but up against an immovable object in Blues backline. 6

43 – Jeffrey Bruma

38 – Patrick van Aanholt

46 – Josh McEachran

23 – Daniel Sturridge – Introduced on 71 for Ramires, Never got the service in behind he craves off. 5

44 – Gael Kakuta

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