Disappointed we couldn't get anything from the team top of the Premiership. How times change.
Today, we out-played Chelsea in large parts, and for that I am proud of the team. We created some great chances, scored what seemed to be a perfectly good goal (although the referee decided otherwise; not his only pro-Chelsea decision), and we made them look ordinary. It's a sign of how well we're playing that we are making teams of the calibre of Arsenal and Chelsea look second-best. We hassled and harried, we closed them down, we got in their faces - we did everything that a team needs to do to stand a chance.
And yet at the end of the day, they still had that cutting edge. And as they say, Chelsea displayed the perfect sign of a successful team. One who doesn't neccesarily play all that well and yet can still get three points, even away from home. But today, we can take great pride in our performance and once again reflect on the memories of the time we almost did something that would previously have been seen as impossible; achieved something that would surprise the pundits.
Still, I'm not going to blame Zajec. He made the decision that he thought would be for the best of the game, and this time it didn't quite pay off. Against West Brom, Liverpool and Palace he wasn't afraid to make big changes, and we saw the rewards. You win some, you lose some, and this time it didn't quite work. Ironic that the player we changed everything for, Joe Cole, went on to score the second - in truth, a goal that Chelsea ill-deserved. But it's a harsh game, and we'll learn.
Like I said before the match today, games against the big teams are just bonuses, and anything you get is unexpected. Getting three points off Palace was more important. Getting three points off Norwich at the weekend is a thousand times more important. It's a shame that we came so close to nicking something today but couldn't quite hold it together, but if we have to lose today in exchange for beating the Canaries on New Year's Day, I'll take it. And if we play on Saturday like we did this afternoon, we will have no trouble.