Chelsea, striving for points to renew their challenge at the top of the first division, managed to beat Stoke by the odd goal in three at Stanford Bridge today (Saturday).
GTV Captains toss for position.
GTV Chelsea (from right to left) kicking off midfield play.
GV Chelsea attacking Stoke goal and miss.
GV Chelsea attacking and miss.
GV Chelsea attack, ball put across goal an headed in.
GV Stroke attacking and Chelsea goalie saves.
GV Stoke takes corner and ball is cleared by chelsea players.
GV Stoke attack and score.
GV Chelsea attacks and Stoke goalie saves
GV Chelsea attack and scores (final score 2-1 for Chelsea.
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Background: Chelsea, striving for points to renew their challenge at the top of the first division, managed to beat Stoke by the odd goal in three at Stanford Bridge today (Saturday).
With both England's World Cup goalkeepers in action it wasn't surprising that the game should be dominated by the defence. Gorden Banks in goal for Stoke and Peter Bonetti in the Chelsea goal stamped their personalities on an otherwise unremarkable game.
It was Bonetti's 400th appearance for Chelsea and for the occasion he was made captain of the day. Under the circumstances it was a fine twist when he was beaten for the first goal of the match in the 30th minute by League newcomer, Terry Smith, making his first-team debut today. Bonetti could only parry a sharp shot by Mike Bernard and Smith raced onto the free ball to bang the ball into the net.
This goal put Stoke equal. Nine minutes earlier a powerful header from Peter Osgood from a long, low cross by Ron Harris had given Chelsea the lead.
The goals brought some life into a game between two teams playing well below par. Two minutes before half-time the winning goal came from the luck-less Mike Bernard. He intercepted a Charlie Cook pass only to crash the ball into his own net past a dumbfounded Banks. Banks, surprised, could only look on.