RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: QPR v CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from our first goalless game of the season that caught his eye…
1. While I was commentating, it felt like a game we were never going to lose but we were struggling to find that goal. Unfortunately from our point of view, I thought the referee could have and should have given us two penalties, and probably one would have been enough to win the match. The Eden Hazard one was terrific, positive, attacking play by the Belgian which we are beginning to get used to seeing. We would all like to see it time and time again but he reads the situation and decides carefully when to go for it. It was most certainly a penalty, Shaun Wright-Phillips makes no contact with the ball, and as the ref gives the goal-kick then there is a suggestion he thought Hazard dived. He didn't book him but we don't want Hazard to get a reputation as a guy who goes down easily in the box.
2. For the other penalty incident we are looking at two great, big centre-backs with strong personalities and strong physicality. In the modern game, the amount of contact between players in the penalty area makes it difficult for referees, but having said that, this one as Roberto Di Matteo said after the match was a stonewall penalty. Whether John Terry goes down easily in this instance is immaterial because Nelsen's arms are all over his back. If you are marking that tight and you are clumsy then you deserve to give away a penalty.
3. It was a scrappy game for long periods. QPR helped make it that way but on the odd occasions our play did flow we looked dangerous. Fernando Torres cut back and had a strike with his left-foot and chances were made for Hazard, but I suspect Juan Mata might have made a difference had he been available. Because of the tightness of the ground, teams do need players like Mata to create. Torres worked hard again but didn't get a free shot on this right foot. We looked for that little something extra-special from Hazard and that should have won a penalty, but such moments are infrequent and that's where Mata could have made a difference.
4. Our full-backs didn't get forward as much in the build-up play as usual and maybe we go back again to the tightness of the ground as a factor. That was a shame because I think QPR are poor at defending crosses. It might have been down to our game plan but it might have been due to Rangers being very aware that our full-backs can cause a lot of problems.
5. When Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge came on we went to 4-3-3 and it helped. We had a couple of players there who were chomping at the bit. Sturridge playing at centre-forward gave the game a lift, he tried to prove a point, and he and Moses were excellent. Di Matteo must have said to the pair of them to go out and change the game, and if Hazard had have scored with his right-foot shot when Moses crossed it would have sealed them as good substitutions.