Claude Cues Chelsea Party  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 1 Charlton Athletic 0

Players with the Premiership trophyA controversial late goal by Claude Makelele crowned a day of celebration for Chelsea as they lifted the Premiership trophy after a 1-0 win against Charlton.

The Addicks looked to have frustrated The Blues on a joyous day at Stamford Bridge, but an awful penalty decision in injury time - awarded when Frank Lampard was tripped outside the box by Jonathan Fortune - was given in sentimental style to Makelele.

Makelele, a vastly under-credited star of this season fluffed his lines, but scuffed home the rebound past a dismayed Stephan Andersen.

The Frenchman has not scored since April 2001, and he cued mass celebrations on a historic day for Chelsea.

Charlton had not let Chelsea have everything their own way in the first half, as a strangely subdued Stamford Bridge prepared to laud their champions.

An early chance for Bryan Hughes, engineered by the passing ability of the ever willing Danny Murphy, brought a good save from Carlo Cudicini - surely the best deputy keeper around.

Such occasions are made for the showboating of Joe Cole, but Jose Mourinho has forged the England international's former meandering into a more positive style this season and this was evident as he skipped brilliantly inside but got his shot all wrong.

Lampard has been inspirational this season in stirring the Chelsea fires, but the certainty of the title has at last allowed him to look as jaded as he must feel and his tired header over the top was a waste of perhaps The Blues' best early chance.

Fortune's physical presence was causing problems at the other end, but his rushed volley did not trouble Cudicini, whilst Kevin Lisbie showed his pace, and his other deficiencies when he escaped through but allowed Ricardo Carvalho to recover after a heavy touch towards goal.

Young goalkeeper Andersen had excelled against Manchester United for The Addicks, only for an error to undermine his efforts, but he showed his burgeoning talent with a wonderful save to deny Cole an opener - tipping his rasping drive onto the bar.

Fortune turned in the box and shot narrowly wide, shortly after Eidur Gudjohnsen had stretched but put narrowly wide at the other end and the Icelander saw the Charlton defender block another chance at the end of the half.

Andersen had done superbly to get his hands to Cole's attempts to knock the ball square in a two-on-one, and Fortune did enough to block Gudjohnsen's follow-up and send the sides in goal-less at the break.

Captain fantastic John Terry did his best to unlock the Charlton defence when his towering header from Geremi's brilliant cross beat Andersen but crashed off the face of the bar.

Lampard nearly clipped the ball over Andersen after a fine Gudjohnsen ball, and the realisation that the Premiership trophy would be paraded within half an hour brought the crowd to joyous song.

Cudicini showed his immense talent when he kept the game level, a full length save denying Matt Holland's low shot across him from finding the bottom corner.

Cole still looked the most likely to create something, over-hitting a cut-back to Gudjohnsen after a Luke Young error, and curling narrowly over after Jiri Jarosik's cross had been half-cleared.

Charlton looked to create a shock, but inevitably found Terry as committed and tigerish in the challenge as he was in the very first game against Manchester United back in August.

Lenny Pidgeley was brought on for a Premiership debut and made a smart stop to deny Hughes.

It is traditional, apparently, to celebrate at Stamford Bridge by throwing lumps of celery at each other - and the local grocers must have done a roaring trade this weekend.

It was a veritable rain of green that greeted Makelele's goal - ending a fairytale season for Mourinho with another moment of delicious drama.


Chelsea  Cudicin (Pidgeley 82), Gallas, Johnson (Jarosik 67), Carvalho, Terry, Cole, Geremi, Lampard, Makelele, Tiago (Forssell 67), Gudjohnsen
Subs Not Used  Huth, Kezman
Goals  Makelele 90

Charlton  Andersen, El Karkouri, Fortune, Konchesky, Young, Holland, Hughes, Johansson, Kishishev, Murphy, Lisbie
Subs Not Used  Kiely, Fish, Fuller, Euell, Rommedahl

Attendance  42,065

Referee   M. Riley


Team Name Charlton Athletic


Goals 0


Shots on target ( Inc Goals ) 3


Shots off Target (inc woodwork) 3


Blocked Shots 0


Corners Won 5


Total Fouls Conceded 14


Offsides 1


Yellow Cards 0


Red Cards 0


Possession 41%

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