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The home crowd give their team a huge ovation as the half-time whistle goes, and they’ve earned it with a committed first half performance. Every player has earned their corn, which is more than can be said for Chelsea, who have suffered with defensive difficulties and attacking indifference. Plenty of time for the hosts to stuff this up, of course.
45 mins: Fábregas lets fly with another dangerous long-range effort, this one skidding just over the bar from 25 yards out. When Cesc is your biggest attacking threat, you have problems. José Mourinho has some work to do in the dressing room at half-time, which is two added minutes away.
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