Making a point

It may not feel as good as a win, but watching your team score a stoppage-time equaliser is still a pretty uplifting experience for football fans.

Chelsea supporters got to enjoy that experience on Saturday when Ross Barkley fired home from close range in the sixth minute of added time to secure a 2-2 draw with Manchester United and maintain our unbeaten start to the season.

It was just the latest example of the never-say-die attitude which has been epitomised by the Blues in the Premier League in recent seasons when we have battled right to the end to pick up a point.

Swansea City
January 2012

Chelsea looked set to be beaten on our first-ever Premier League visit to Wales until a dramatic late goal rescued a point at Swansea City. The Blues were trailing to a goal by ex-Blue Scott Sinclair and down to 10 men after the dismissal of Ashley Cole when Jose Bosingwa dribbled in from the right flank in the third minute of stoppage time and drilled in a hard, low shot which struck defender Neil Taylor and flew past goalkeeper Michael Vorm into the Swans net.

West Bromwich Albion
November 2013

The Blues have not been beaten by West Bromwich Albion in a league game at Stamford Bridge since 1978 but that record was nearly ended in the 2013/14 season when the Baggies took a 2-1 lead into stoppage time. However, Chelsea were awarded a penalty when Ramires was bundled over by Steven Reid and despite long and loud protests by the visitors, Eden Hazard kept his composure to convert the spot kick which salvaged a 2-2 draw.

January 2016

Having come from two goals down to draw level against Everton, Chelsea appeared beaten once again when Ramiro Funes Miro put the Toffees back in front in the 90th minute. However, their excessive celebrations led to the referee tagging an additional 60 seconds onto the allotted seven minutes of stoppage time, giving John Terry just enough time to meet Oscar’s flick-on with a cleverly improvised back-heel which secured a 3-3 draw amidst raucous celebrations at the Bridge.  

Manchester United
February 2016

Barkley’s heroics last weekend saw the Blues deny Manchester United victory at Stamford Bridge with a stoppage-time equaliser for the second time in four seasons. David De Gea had made some fine saves to maintain his side’s 1-0 lead during our match in 2015/16, but in added time, Cesc Fabregas’s exquisite through-ball released Diego Costa, who rounded the United keeper before slotting in a deserved equaliser for the home side.