Chelsea vs. Bolton: Your Running Commentary

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Stuart Holden and Bolton have a chance to move past Chelsea in the English Premier league standings with a win against the struggling blues today at Stamford Bridge (2:30pm, Fox Soccer Channel)

Chelsea is coming off a lethargic loss to Arsenal on Monday, while Bolton is fresh off a 2-0 win against West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea needs at least a draw to hold on to fifth place in the Premier League, but will be seeking a win to move ahead of Tottenham into fourth place.

If you will be watching Chelsea-Bolton, or the Arsenal-Wigan match on Fox Soccer Plus, or Liverpool-Wolves on, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

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80 Responses to Chelsea vs. Bolton: Your Running Commentary

  1. Scotch Man says:

    A hat trick from Elmander is all that will save my EPL fantasy team so GO BOLTON!

  2. EkstraBen says:

    Did Santa deliver FSC in HD for my Comcast service?!?

  3. Hercules says:

    Looking like this will be a nice match-up today. Chelsea with the possession so far, but not really threatening.

  4. KungFuSoccer says:

    Can someone who follows chelsea closely and is smarter than me, fully explain how Chelsea turned from unbeatable lock for league Champions to mediocre team? Coaching? injuries? bad luck? It pleases, me, I would simply like to know how this happens.

  5. Kevin_Amold says:

    So……did he?

  6. jts says:

    Drogba got malaria and Lampard got hurt.

  7. fischy says:

    Don’t know if they mentioned it — I missed the start of the game — but Tamir Cohen is probably unavailable. Funeral today for his father — who was the first Israeli to play in England’s top flight.

  8. Matt says:

    Very quiet game from Holden so far. His only touch was a handball.

  9. fischy says:

    That’s part of it — that, some injuries to the back line, and the fact that this team isn’t as deep as Chelsea teams of recent past.

  10. canchon says:

    Arsenal with the “we finally won a big game” hangover – down 1-0 to Wigan.

  11. Spectra says:

    arsenal down 1-0. Arsenal look like Wigan and wigan look like arsenal.

  12. fischy says:

    Great touch by Holden to start that break — picked the ball out of the air and delivered a neat, one-timed pass thru traffic to Elmander — nearly produced a goal. Great skill. When he gets a real feel for the net, he’s gonna be unstoppable.

  13. Jack says:

    Bolton’s the better team here at the moment.

  14. Brian says:

    What a goal by Arshavin.

  15. Scott says:

    Arshavin with a great goal for Arsenal!

  16. GSScasual says:

    Ives, can you do something so that Holden scores

  17. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Thanks god. But if Arsenal drops points to Wigan, I’m going to ban my head on my desk until I bleed…

  18. JJJ says:

    Watching USA Algeria on ESPN Classic, 30 minutes left

  19. Peter says:

    Announcer on FSC:

    “Chelsea underperforming yet again” Viva Bolton!

  20. GSScasual says:

    fingers crossed… we can do this

  21. Chris says:

    Not on my service. I need to see if Verizon has it in HD. Seeing the “watch the beautiful game in high definition commercials” is aggravating to say the least.

  22. JJJ says:

    i forgot how well Jozy played.

  23. Scotch Man says:

    Sports moment of the year in my opinion.

  24. Scotch Man says:

    Wow on that goal kick.

  25. Peter says:

    Drogba hits the post. Ouch-Chelsea has no luck.

  26. bob says:

    you know the ref going to screw us some how (despite that it is a recording)

  27. aristophanes says:

    go go usa! oh it’s incredible!

  28. JJJ says:

    Goal USA it’s incredible. Donavan with the finish.

  29. JJJ says:

    Its over USA advance first in their group, 10 man Algeria going home

  30. JJJ says:

    Goal Chelsea 1-0

  31. RedLine55 says:

    thanks for the heads up, that was fantastic

  32. Jimbo Fisher says:


  33. Ben says:

    Crap. Goal Chelsea.

  34. canchon says:

    Scratch that. Drogba was a foot offside.

  35. Jimbo Fisher says:

    Goal! Goal! USA! Certainly through!

  36. JJJ says:

    That was a great moment to be an American

  37. RedLine55 says:

    good chance helped out by Holden…. terrible finish by ricketts

  38. canchon says:

    damn. Great pass by Holden and what a great chance skied over the bar.

  39. RedLine55 says:

    ohhhh man great shot by holden, denied by a defender’s arm… no call….. oh man! great move by holden

  40. RedLine55 says:

    clear handball… damn!

  41. canchon says:

    And there’s a blatant handball on Terry not called in the box.

  42. canchon says:

    Clear handball on a fantastic shot by Holden. Home cooking there.

  43. ndsoccerfan says:

    Typical officiating for Chelsea. No offsides called and no handball!

  44. canchon says:

    Lampard almost hit the upper deck with that free kick.

  45. ndsoccerfan says:

    and now a make believe foul. The EPL at the beginning of the year should just save us time by putting Chelsea and Man U in the top 4. The officials end up doing it anyways.

  46. RedLine55 says:

    damn, another excellent shot by holden. beautiful header… good save by Cech though

  47. Scott says:

    Wilshere makes the most of a headbutt, which just sounds weird, but it’s still a red

  48. Hercules says:

    Holden taken off. Must be exhausted. Been the one with the best chances for Bolton.

  49. ndsoccerfan says:

    Strong performance Stu!

  50. RedLine55 says:

    I really do enjoy watching Stu play. Good game, I hope they can find a way to get a point here. They deserve it.

  51. Jack says:

    Nice one, Stu. He gives his all every single game.

  52. Brian says:

    Arsenal giving points away. Damnit you gooners.

  53. Gacm32 says:

    Without Stu on the pitch Bolton look really lost.

  54. dena says:

    Holden ran his lungs dry, good shift. Unlucky that Bolton come away empty.

  55. Scott says:

    I’ve seen it and , well, it’s perfectly believable

  56. b says:

    Holden subbed out, and of course Bolton now look a bit clueless.
    I missed it when it happened, why is Holden out? He was doing quite well from what I saw.

  57. Gacm32 says:

    He was just gassed. He ran his arse off the entire game, 100% effort all the time.

  58. Hercules says:

    Looked like they just wanted some fresh legs out there. Maybe a tad frustrated with his chances and the refs, haha.

  59. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Arsenal tied by a PK and own goal. You got to be freaking kidding me….




    (My head on my desk…)

  60. Brent McD says:

    First Wigan goal (PK) came from a flop in the box. Then N’Zogbia gets sent off from a Wilshere flop a la Materazzi / Zidane. Flopping and diving are still a major problem and have got to be addressed. The Premier League should review matches and issue cards / fines postgame.

    BTW, what was up with the DW Stadium pitch? Guys were slipping all over the place. Sucks

  61. Brent McD says:

    Forgot to mention the Wigan handball in the wall on a free kick. Arsenal should’ve been given a penalty there at the end. Oh well, same sh!t different game

  62. A.S. says:

    Also – age is catching up with them.

    Their main players – Lampard (age 32), Terry (30), Cole (30), Drogba (32), Anelka (31), Malouda (30) and Cech (28) are all on the downsides of their careers now. They have brought in very few younger players who are making an impact. As a Chelsea fan, I am continually frustrated to see ManU and Arsenal bring in much younger players who are producing now.

  63. nam says:

    Cech? Isn’t ManU’s goalie like 60 and still playing?

  64. 20 says:

    Chelsea has no luck.. Don’t make me laugh

    Chelsea did not deserve to win today

  65. A.S. says:

    Agreed that Cech isn’t really that old. Plus, keepers seem to age better than field players. So, strike him from the list (although I think he is on the downside of his career, due to his head injury).

    The point is that most of the top field players at Chelsea are now 30 or older. Which means that they can’t sustain the high level any more – especially coming off of a World Cup last summer.

  66. 20 says:

    Officiating in Chelsea-Bolton really makes you wonder whether officials are paid off or its just human nature to give calls to the bigger stars..

    First an offside and then no penalty on the Terry handball. Should have been 1-0 Bolton today. I’ve seen this countless times in the Premier League over the years. Chelsea, Man United and even Arsenal and Liverpool getting wins they don’t deserve.

  67. b says:

    It’s the stars / big teams thing.

    Lakers vs Kings/Twolves in the Shaq/Kobe days
    Heat vs Mavs in the NBA Finals
    Red Sox and Yankees at home and even on the road against smaller teams
    Tom Brady

  68. fenel says:

    I heard the commentator said that Chelsea started having trouble winning after the the dismissal of of Ray Wilkins.

  69. fenel says:

    whoops!!! I wanna see pics as proof.

  70. fenel says:

    just post the pics! i dont wanna read about it.

  71. MadKingGeorge says:

    You must live a very sheltered life. To each their own. If you were happy at that moment, then I was happy for you. And that is what counts , right? It is all about our own happiness.

  72. Burlingtonchelsea says:

    Relief. But we still have to turn it around. Glad to get points on a weekend that manure and arsenal drop points.

  73. Gacm32 says:

    What’s the point of this post? To belittle somebody elses experience?

  74. Brad says:

    a lack of young, attacking talent…

    and expecting Ramires to provide some offense…

  75. MadKingGeorge says:

    If they were happy , as i said, then I am happy for them. It was a great moment for that team. The ending of the game sure was thrilling to watch. Even inspiring. I question why was it great to be an American. Because Landon scored does that give all Americans an extra 50 years of life? Does that make all Americans able to live again in the future?

    Since America won, does that make Americans superiority to all other peoples? That is what is wrong with the Olympics and the World Cup- too nationalistic. It brings about superiority and inferiority complexes on national scales. It just raises more barriers to having peace.

    If you don’t think so , during the last world cup qualifying round , the match Between Algeria and Egypt in Cairo, 6 Algerians were killed in Cairo and hundreds of Egyptians workings in Algeria had to leave the country due riots against them. If the match was between club teams I dont those incidents were ever to happen.

    Even the Mexican and American rivalry is marred by nationalism. Millions of Mexicans would do anything to make sure the Mexicans come out on top in Matches at Azteca. Mexico has a deep seated inferiority complex when it comes to its relations with America. Mexicans don’t have anything except soccer where they are better than the Americans. And the everyday mexican has some sense of that feeling to some degree. That is why when americans go to Azteca, they get so harassed – the team and the spectators.

    If they just have clubs teams, a lot of that hate and animosity is taken out of the equation. I am for healthy competition but take the nationalism out of it. Still have the World Cup and Olympics, but have clubs, teams, and individuals in the games – not countries. It is just too divisive. The emphasis would be more on celebrating the quality of the play on the field rather than the artificial sense of achievement and entitlement that comes with having national teams involved.

    I think when you bring nationalism into sport there is loss of civility that ends up happening somewhere along the line to a greater or lesser extent.

  76. Andy says:

    Not HD on Verizon FioS either. :-(

  77. Andy says:

    Bolton got robbed.

    Chelsea’s goal was off-sides.

    Bolton should have been awarded a penalty when Holden’s shot hit Terry’s arm. It wasn’t a deliberate handball, but his arm was away from his body and the shot was goal-bound.

    The rumors of Chelsea’s revival are premature; they still look both toothless up front and weak at the back.

  78. HerthaBerwyn says:

    I assume its a tired dig but not being a regular I wouldnt know. but..
    Didnt anyone at Bolton recognize during the meeting with the designers that their proposal for a logo looks like a sperm cell?

  79. JJJ says:

    You need a xanax, relax and let people be proud of their country/heritage. Sure there are idiots in every country, but why let the few ruin it for the masses? I for one enjoy the USA/Mexico rivlry. It makes for a extra exciting matchup with great sub plots.

  80. jon says:

    how much adderall did MadKingGeorge take?