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  • The new wingers

    The new wingers0

    A team of 11, expertly switching – in perfect formation – from one end of the pitch to the other. Not West Ham, and not Chelsea either, although both teams showed glimpses of promise at the London stadium during last weekend’s 1-1 draw.  I’m talking about a flock of pigeons having a lunchtime peck on

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  • James knee scare mars victory

    James knee scare mars victory0

    The Potter’s wheel is turning again after a run of dismal results in the lead up to the World Cup. A 2-0 home win against Bournemouth has steadied the ship, but a serious setback to the returning Reece James has left fans down in the dumps. James played brilliantly through a first half at the

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  • Last-gaspers

    Last-gaspers0

    Chelsea left it late, earned a penalty, missed it, then – with 24 seconds of normal time remaining – fired home a winner against West Ham, briefly silencing the boisterous away fans, pumped up ahead of their European football adventure. For 95% of Sunday’s match it was a kind of weary stalemate of a derby,

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  • A match that had the lot

    A match that had the lot0

    It’s rare that a match has everything – goals, near misses, red and yellow cards, a penalty, reverberating woodwork, VAR drama… and horizontal rain. But last weekend’s monsoon-soaked clash between Chelsea and Southampton will live long in the memory as every box was ticked. It’s just as well that there’s another international break this weekend.

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  • Not a fortress, a food bank

    Not a fortress, a food bank0

    Never mind the football! All 81,008 eyes (slightly fewer, if there were any one-eyed fans present) were on the giant screens rather than the action as an inordinate amount of Monday night’s Chelsea v Man Utd match was spent waiting for VAR official Chris Kavanagh and his assistant, Sian Massey-Ellis, to determine: a) if Chelsea

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