Far-post error costs two points

Last updated : 29 December 2008 By Paul Lagan

Chelsea lost two vital points against Fulham yesterday.
Having clawed their way back into the game and taken the lead, Chelsea succumbed to a last-minute sucker punch from the rivals down the Fulham Road.

American Clint Dempsey arrowed home a powerful header into Chelsea's net just as the ref was looking at his watch to call time.
He was not picked up by Mikel and the lack of cover at the far post made it an easy target for the striker.
Should the Blues have had Nicolas Anelka on that post with just seconds left to defend?
No, according to boss Luiz Felipe Scolari who remonstrated with Petr Cech for not organising the defensive positions.
Two-goal hero Frank Lampard was, as usual, more diplomatic.
The players knew what they needed to do but these things happen was just about the gist of what he said after the game to me.
However he was very confident of going to Old Trafford in January.
"We know we can win at places like this, he said.
"We have a great team spirit and will give it a go."
My view is that with seconds to go, Chelsea, like Liverpool, should have defended with all men behind the ball. The far post should have been covered. From corners it's a clear sight of goal for attackers and Dempesy took full advantage.
Instead Scolari relied on midfielders and Drogba to look after areas which are the terrain of defenders - it's a recipe for disaster.
Chelsea will look back on this draw and it will feel like a defeat. At the end of the season, if the Blues lose the title again due to a last minute lapse of concentration, they will view Fulham away as the match the season was lost.