Victory From The Jaws Of Defeat

Chelsea FCOn a very wet and windy night in west London, my life-long team Chelsea have tonight snatched a fantastic victory from the jaws of what seemed, early on, a horrible defeat. Having gone a goal down, inside two minutes, to a wonderfully gifted Manchester City side, Chelsea clawed their way back into the game and drew level ten minutes before half time.

Manchester City, the only Premiership side to remain unbeaten until tonight, looked every part the league leaders in the first thirty minutes, but Chelsea stayed strong and gradually took the upper hand. Determination, as well as strength, skill and energy saw them push the Manchester side back into their own third for long stretches of the second half. Then, with a renewed vigour, Ramires sprinted onto a through ball, only to be fouled by Gael Clichy, who, having been earlier shown a yellow card, was sent off.

The game changed in the instant, with Chelsea pressing for a winner against the ten men of City. Having the lions share of possession, Chelsea attacked in wave after wave, and were finally rewarded when Julian Lescott handled a shot from Sturridge in the area, and were awarded a penalty.

Frank Lampard, who has been forced to sit out the last couple of games as a substitute, and who had come on only minutes earlier, kept his nerve and scored a priceless winner past the current England keeper Joe Harte.

So a victory for Chelsea, lifting them to third in the league. But more importantly a lesson, how to gain a victory through determination, through wisdom, courage and skill. A victory over the set back of going a goal down, and the reward for never giving up. I have a big smile on my face as I write this, but it is a good lesson for us all. When things go against us, we must dig deep, focus on our own abilities, use all our inner strength to go on, despite the odds, and triumph in the face of defeat.

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