Terry the hero for Blues

30 January 2010 08:17
John Terry was hoping to find something to cheer about after allegations about his private life were made public - and the Chelsea and England captain got his wish. He stretched his side's lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League by scoring the winner against Burnley with seven minutes remaining. Given the lurid headlines in the newspapers regarding an alleged affair with the ex-girlfriend of former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge, Terry might have been expected to give this game a miss. However, he decided to play and his goal meant Burnley were defeated 2-1 - only their second loss at home in the league this season. The Blues went ahead after 27 minutes when Nicolas Anelka made the breakthrough for his 12th goal of the season. It was a sweeping move that caught Burnley flat-footed. Joe Cole delivered a cross to the back post and Florent Malouda chased what looked like a lost cause. He managed to steer the ball back into the area and Anelka lost two defenders to coolly finish things off. Burnley equalised after 50 minutes following clever work by Robbie Blake. He put Alex under pressure with a ball into the area and a superb first touch from Steven Fletcher enabled him to get the better of the Brazilian defender to score his 10th goal of the season with a deft finish. Chelsea soon hit back and Joe Cole found the net in the 56th minute, but his effort was ruled offside shortly after a shot from Frank Lampard was blocked. Substitute Daniel Sturridge then saw a header parried by Brian Jensen before Terry silenced the home crowd in the 83rd minute. He peeled away from his marker and got on the end of a corner from Malouda to head home.

Source: PA

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