RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: EVERTON V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday tea-time's loss on Merseyside that caught his eye…
The fact Chelsea didn't have the finishing needed in the first half became more disappointing in the second half when we didn't play as well as before the interval. Everton were grateful for the 1-0 lead they had at that point and were able to break the game up, slow it down and not let it flow after that.
When you don't put your chances away the opposition come back and bite you but we helped them to do that with the defending for the goal. Everton appeared to target our left side in the game even though Eden Hazard has become much better at supporting Ashley Cole, and for someone who wouldn't have played had it not been for the injury to Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith was probably their best player. He worked hard against Hazard as well as getting forward for the goal, when we were caught short of numbers when the cross arrived at the far post.
Jose Mourinho made a double substitution on the hour, bringing on Frank Lampard and Oscar, but when you make these changes you want to get the new players on the ball, and we only managed to do that in fits and starts. That was partly down to Everton's tactics in stopping us playing.
The Fernando Torres for Ashley Cole change came when we needed a goal and Everton had taken off their target centre-forward Nikica Jelavic, so tactically Jose had done the right things in my opinion to change it around, but on the day it didn't work out for us.
With Samuel Eto'o making his debut up front, I don't think we changed the way we attacked from the style used when Fernando Torres starts. Both players can run the channels but both like the ball to feet as well. Chelsea's style is to get the ball down and play but we hit a few too many long balls to Eto'o in the early minutes. The passing got better and he got better too as the first half wore on although he had the chance to score before that. If he had got one, he might have gone on and scored three.