The Chelsea captain stepped unexpectedly straight from his FA hearing at Wembley into allegations of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand into the third round of the League Cup a mere six hours later. Terry had not trained properly with the rest of the squad since Friday, working on his own for the previous 48 hours – but it was the Capital One Cup after all. Glory beckons. The lure of silverware cannot be denied.
He did not need much of a brief. Fielding a strong side, Chelsea crushed a young Wolves outfit with embarrassing ease, as six different players found the scoresheet – Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand, Juan Mata, Oriol Romeu with a penalty, Fernando Torres and a debut goal from Victor Moses.
Also included was £50million man Torres, four games without a goal. He was in, though, only because Chelsea’s other frontline striker, Daniel Sturridge, was still injured. Chelsea gave debuts to Brazilian youngster Lucas Piazon and £8m Spanish full-back Cesar Azpiliceuta, while forward Moses made his first start. While Marko Marin was still looking for his first debut start for Chelsea shirt after his one month injury.
Chelsea were ahead after just four minutes. Mata curled in a free-kick from the right and Cahill easily climbed over Richard Stearman at the far post to head home. Four minutes later, it was two. Romeu’s thunderous, 30-yard shot was pushed away by goalkeeper Dorus De Vries, but Piazon got to the loose ball first to pull it back for Bertrand to crash home from 12 yards. Goal number three came in the 17th minute, came as Mata played two beautiful one-two moves, with first Ramires and then Torres, and strolled through to slot the ball home elegently. Loved to see his first goal for Chelsea this season!
Wolves gamely tried to hit back, as first David Davis saw his shot tipped over but, when Slawomir Peszko neatly turned Cahill and found himself clean through, he went round keeper Ross Turnbull only to hit the ball in the side-netting. After 53 minutes it as four, as the Wolves defence collapsed again. This time they were a touch unfortunate though, as De Vries hardly seemed to touch Moses as he raced through.
But referee Neil Swarbrick gave the penalty nevertheless and up stepped Romeu to stroke home his first goal for Chelsea. Peszko missed another sitter on what was turning out to be a miserable night for a young and inexperienced Wolves team at Stamford Bridge.
And it only got worse for Wolves, as striker Torres at last broke his four-game duck, moving on to Mata’s near-post corner and glanced home an accurate header. The sixth arrived as substitute Oscar broke away on the left to cross and Moses was all alone as he headed home at the near post to complete the rout.
“We wanted John to start. We got a phone call to say he was on his way back from Wembley nice and early so it was an easy decision. It was also a very positive thing for the club that he played another 90 minutes for us.” – Newton defending Terry’s selection
Meanwhile, Premier League champions Manchester City and in-form Everton were both sent packing from the League Cup, their respective managers paying the price for making wholesale changes to their starting line-ups for the third round ties. City lost 4-2 after extra-time to top flight rivals Aston Villa with a completely different team to the one that started against Arsenal on Sunday, while Everton made six changes and were beaten 2-1 by second tier Leeds United.
- Chelsea 6 Wolves 0: match report (telegraph.co.uk)
- Chelsea 6-0 Wolves: Torres amongst six different scorers as rampant hosts cruise through (goal.com)
- Chelsea 6-0 Wolves: Match report and pictures (thesun.co.uk)
- Six Scorers, No Cards, No Problem (roundupproject.wordpress.com)