Player Ratings: Scarborough (a)

Last updated : 25 January 2004 By Rich Godden
Carlo Cudicini- Very little to do for Carlo but he generally looked very assured. 7

Mario Melchiot- Seems to be on top of his game since the arrival of the new boys. The defence always looked more assured with Mario on the right hand side, whilst the attacks are more varied. 7

John Terry- Good showing from Terry, although he was a little casual at times. Took his goal well and was always a danger at set plays. 7

William Gallas- Like JT, he was always a threat from set pieces. His defensive play was also very good, although he was lucky not to concede a late penalty when he handled in the box. 7

Wayne Bridge- Not one of his better games for Chelsea. For me, he looked far too nervous especially when you consider that we were playing a team 104 places below us in the league! 6

Jesper Gronkjaer- Didn't really get into the game. His crossing was poor when he did get the chance and he also missed a great one-on-one opportunity. Taken off at the interval. 5

Alexis Nicolas- Seemed to grow in stature as the game went on. His short passing was very good and he seemed very calm in possession. All in all, a solid debut. 7

Frank Lampard- Could have had a hat trick on another day. Got the game going just minutes in with a wonderful 35 yard effort which smacked against the woodwork. Had about 7 shots by the end of the game! Despite his poor form in front of goal, he kept the side ticking throughout. 7

Joe Cole- Excellent when taking on players, but lacked the final ball 90% of the time. Certainly needs to spend time working on not only his passing game but also when to release the ball. Joe also tried to showboat far too often, breaking up several promising Chelsea attacks in the process! 6

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink- Surprisingly for Jimmy, he played a massive part for the team today. With the Scarborough players getting in everyone's faces, Jimmy gave as good as he got. His running battle with Kerr (off the ball mind you) helped neutralise one of Scarborough's key players. 7

Eidur Gudjohnsen- Excellent running off the ball allowed him several chances. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be for Eidur. Poor finishing let him down, although the way he made the space was certainly one positive to take from the game. 7


Manu Petit- Good showing from Manu when he came on at the interval. Good strong tackling and inventive passing made us a lot more stable in the second period. 7

Felipe Oliveira- Didn't show what he was capable of in the last 20 minutes. Certainly more to come from the youngster. N/A