Pressure builds on Mourinho as Bournemouth win at the Bridge

Date published: Saturday 5th December 2015 7:22

Glenn Murray: Bournemouth full of confidence

Glenn Murray: Bournemouth full of confidence

Chelsea’s frustrating season hit a new low as struggling Bournemouth claimed a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to Glenn Murray’s late goal.

Jose Mourinho thought the reigning champions had turned a corner, but Eddie Howe’s visitors inflicted an eighth defeat of the season, the fourth at home.

Murray headed in moments after coming off the substitutes’ bench and, while there may have been a hint of offside, the Cherries deserved their win in front of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who could yet wield the managerial axe.

Bournemouth won the Championship last season and Chelsea the Premier League, with the victory showing not just how far the Cherries had come, but how far the Blues have fallen.

Cesc Fabregas: Tackles Junior Stanislas at Stamford Bridge

Diego Costa started as a substitute for a second straight game, but, unlike at Tottenham, the striker was not left to brood for the entire 90 minutes and came on at half-time.

Costa’s presence was limited until he fouled Adam Smith, was denied a penalty when his cutback hit Simon Francis on the arm and then was shown a yellow card for a foul on Matt Ritchie in quick succession.

Pedro, or Costa, should have scored 15 minutes from time, but neither could get on the end of Branislav Ivanovic’s dangerous cross as Chelsea became increasingly frustrated by referee Mike Jones’ decisions.

And Mourinho will be furious when he sees the replays of Murray’s winner, which came when Thibaut Courtois flapped at a corner and the former Crystal Palace striker headed in.

Chelsea face further examinations against Porto and Leicester in the next 10 days, while the Cherries next play Manchester United.

Eden Hazard received a written report after his Tottenham display as Mourinho wanted to leave no doubt over his delight at the performance.

His first-half appraisal, continuing as Chelsea’s “false nine”, is unlikely to have been glowing.

The Belgian had a chance to end his search for a first goal of the season in his 20th game in the opening moments, but his shot was less than convincing and straight at Artur Boruc, the goalkeeper back from a six-week injury absence.

Hazard would have been marked down by Mourinho soon after, too, when he lost the ball to Smith, in for the ill Sylvain Distin, and Junior Stanislas shot. Fortunately for Hazard, Gary Cahill blocked.

Courtois was back for the first time in three months after his knee injury and soon showed why he was immediately restored, saving well from Stanislas.

Joshua King could not get the rebound away and then fired at Courtois at the near post.

The visitors attacked with pace and the Blues were vulnerable, particularly out wide.

Costa, who flung his substitutes’ bib at Mourinho at the end of last Sunday’s draw at White Hart Lane, needed help from John Obi Mikel to put on his green bib after 29 minutes before warming up on the touchline.

Chelsea were ponderous in possession and appeared to lack a presence up front, with Boruc saving from Hazard, Pedro and Oscar.

Mourinho had seen enough, sending on Costa for Oscar.

The muted half-time boos turned to applause just at the sight of the Spain striker going on.

Nemanja Matic, wearing a protective mask, should have done better than head over Willian’s cross before Jones ignored Costa’s penalty appeal before booking the striker.

Costa stretched to toe-poke Cesc Fabregas’ ball over the top, but Boruc saved.

Murray scored eight minutes from time and Bournemouth might have had two more when Ritchie and Harry Arter fired wide on the counter-attack in a memorable win.

 

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    James Marshment
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    Chelsea’s frustrating season hit a new low as struggling Bournemouth earned a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge thanks to Glenn Murray’s late goal.

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    Michael
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    Okay the last thing I want to have associated with me is a propeller hat or a conspiracy cap on, but damn… it’s hard to keep believing this is just a coincidence with Chelsea over and over, when FA has even been open about how it’s not good for football to have repeat champions. Anyway, let’s hope for those pesky camera judgements or whatever soon, no one is served with this low level of referees 🙁

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    aindro
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    I think now Chelsea fans should not have high expectation anymore. We will be disappointed. Not getting relegated would already be an achievement. First half Chelsea were playing without soul, without motivation. Really different spirit shown than against Spurs. Chelsea players were underestimating Bournemouth I guess, or had already Porto in mind.
    Look at how we achiever so far: finishing in the top 4 would almost be impossible, better not think about it. Missed Lampard, Drogba, Ballack, Essien: big players for all occasions. Chelsea should really spend for a great player who really want to play for Chelsea next summer. Not having the likes of Pedro or Baba anymore, mediocre players at best.

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    aindro
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    Michael, you really can’t blame the referee. We did not help ourselves by playing bad like that. Look at how not creative Chelsea players were in the penalty box. We did not play well, I admit that I thought we would have still won, but big mistake

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    nine nine nine
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    Firstly congratulations to Bournemouth they came to play and try and win the game and they have a great attitude.

    You don’t win football games if you can’t score goals and are vulnerable to the counter attack, the Top 4 was always going to be Mission Impossible from where Chelsea were and even if Chelsea signed Tom Cruise now it’s not going to happen far better that Chelsea concentrate their minds on getting as far away from falling into the bottom 3.

    It doesn’t matter who the Manager is some significant surgery is required to put things right there are too many question marks against too many players, it is going to take time and it won’t be affordable to do some of what needs to be done solely via the transfer market.

    #724223
    redblood
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    Michael-the FA cannot stop any players from scoring goals mate,and therefore win the games.

    #724562

    liverpool_1986
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    Some chelsea fans (Michael) are starting to sound as deluded as mourinho himself. The goal was incredibly tight. An inch offside at most. Do you think you could spot a players heel being offside at full speed play? And as for the so called “penalty” keep dreaming. Never a deliberate handball. Chelsea deservedly beaten and need to be thinking about avoiding relegation rather than finishing top6.

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    redwing80
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    It’s over. A Europa League finish at best. Shocking results considering they just won the league by miles last season.

    #724781

    Silk
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    Personally I didn’t think that Chelsea played all that badly. Where one of Ivanovic’s crosses found a team mate last season, we saw them flash across goal and past his team mates yesterday. Small margins, perhaps explained by the buzz word this season – confidence. That said, Bournemouth’s Captain Tommy Elphick summed it succinctly when he argued that if Chelsea required decisions like the handball decision to go their way in order to beat Bournemouth, then there was something definitely wrong with Chelsea. Cheers

    #725255

    nine nine nine
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    Silk, spot on mate 3 goals scored in Chelsea’s last 6 PL games tells its own story and whilst I’ve seen them given a penalty for that would have been very harsh imo. Cheers 999

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