Finally the first-team woke up and started playing. It took falling two behind and the introduction of Olivier Giroud for the side to click but two from Giroud either side of an Eden Hazard strike final kicked us back into gear.
This was a day to say goodbye to Ray and to try to rebuild our season. We managed to do one of those two with dignity and style.
Seeing the ’Ammers walk away from the Bridge with a smile on their face isn’t a familiar sight but this match could neatly summarise our season.
Ah, the process starts all over again, each cycle is just the same, as the World Cup approaches our optimism grows, so a scruffy win over demoralised and weak opposition suddenly looks more like world-beating form.
Tuesday 27 February
Fulham U18 0:6 Chelsea U18
Hat's off to the Fulham ground staff for getting this fixture on. And an intriguing night it was. Scoreless at the break, a penalty save, a quick-fire hat-trick...
This was a fascinating return to big European nights, Barcelona arrived heralded as the best side in Europe and we gave them due respect but grew in confidence and power as the night went on and emerged the better team.
Monday 11 February
Chelsea 3:0 West Bromwich Albion
Not as emphatic as the score suggests but this is a welcome win nevertheless.
With Morata announcing himself fit, Conte was caught out in a bit of media...