Still got the Blues

Still got the Blues
Chelsea captain John Terry can only look as Everton’s Kevin Mirallas heads the Toffees’ first of three goals past Thibaut Courtois

When asked to comment on Arsenal's 5-4 victory over Tottenham in 2004, Jose Mourinho scoffed.

"That is not a football score," he sneered. "That's a hockey score."

Ten years later, he has a hockey score of his own.

Chelsea beat Everton 6-3 at Goodison Park yesterday morning (Singapore time), but any joy the Chelsea manager takes from the result will be tainted by the scoreline.

He is not a man who approves of such things.

"We spent hours on defence in training," he said. "You can imagine how happy I am now."

Everton's Roberto Martinez was similarly affected by the scoreline. While he has rather more of a reputation for the sort of football that can make these numbers inevitable, the manner of the goals dismayed him.

The hosts were one down inside 35 seconds, and two down in three minutes. Diego Costa smashed home his third goal in three games from close range after a pass from Cesc Fabregas caught the Everton defence entirely unawares.

Branislav Ivanovic, enjoying a wonderful start to the season, was marginally offside for the second, but not to a degree that it would be worth complaining about the officiating.

Those complaints would be best served for what followed next.

As Eden Hazard raced onto another glorious ball, Tim Howard sprang out of the penalty area and caught it before quickly falling back down inside his box.

It was quite the most obvious red-card offence you could hope to see, which made it rather unfortunate that referee Jon Moss failed to see it.

Everton were shaken, but kept their heads and tried to play their way back into the game.

Martinez has drilled these players well and taught them to trust their abilities, hoping to release their talent rather than harness it as David Moyes did.

A reward came just before half-time when Seamus Coleman's cross was headed home by Kevin Mirallas.

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