Monday, 25 April 2011

Conclusions from Watford

(HT 1-2)
Bruma 39
Yakubu 62
Bruma 73
Yakubu 75
Sordell 28
Sordell 41

Att: 21,473
BBC Match Report

Jeffrey Bruma
The promising Dutch defender came to the East Midlands seeking first team football in his bid to stake a claim for a regular place amongst Chelsea's matchday squad. His performances at the Walkers Stadium, however, will have failed to inspire Carlo Ancellotti as he has failed to inspire the Foxes' faithful. That changed today, when Bruma made his mark not as a defender but as a scorer of two quite stunning goals as he again impressed in a more advanced, defensive midfield role.

Started on the bench after Sven Goran Eriksson recognised his poor late form but was forced to bring him on for the injured Richie Wellens. Yakubu was bright, alert and putting in the effort all Leicester City fans appreciate, bagging two goals that secured what turned out to be a comfortable win. Yakubu's time at the Walkers Stadium may soon be over, but memories of the Nigerian will survive should his end-of-season form continue in the same vein as it began today.

Miguel Vitor
Another peerless performance. It looks like he doesn't fancy that nice Portuguese weather, because if he keeps playing like this he's going to be getting comfy in the English Championship sooner rather than later.

Alexsandar Tunchev
Making albeit only a cameo ten second appearance, Tunchev laced-up his boots and pulled-on his number 3 shirt alongside his team mates for the first time in eighteen months. Tunchev established himself as a fans' favourite after an impressive run of first team appearances in League One before injury forced him out for the rest of the season. One league cup appearance at Loftus Road saw him stretchered off the following season and that knee injury has seen him short of fitness since. Now, let's hope Tunch can have a few appearances to prove his fitness at the end of this season to spur him on to return to his best for the next.

Patrick van Aanholt
Why was van Aanholt running forward into the opponent's box as we defended a two-goal lead? He should have reverted to job number one and defended, instead of exposing his goalkeeper who did well to foil the resulting attempt on goal. A picky reason in what was another disinterested performance from the Chelsea youngster.

Richie Wellens
He failed to make an impact before his injury forced Eriksson to make a change and introduce the game-changing Yakubu, changing his strategy in the process and unharnessing Yuki Abe from a dire performance out wide. Unfortunately this all rather exposed poor Wellens for his rather negligible impact on the game. 

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