Jimmy Leads The Way For Chelsea (Sky Sports)
Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
Floyd Hasselbaink's fortuitous goal was enough to give Chelsea a slender victory
over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutch striker bundled in his seventh goal of the season after David Seaman parried Adrian Mutu's low driven cross against his shins.
The goal came as Chelsea - and Mutu in particular - enjoyed a period of domination around the half hour mark.
Mutu's superb close control enabled him to skip away from the challenge of Sun Jihai to power in the cross for the goal, just moments after Chelsea had fired a warning shot via the same route.
The Romania international had crossed from the left and when Jesper Gronkjaer returned the ball Frank Lampard was fractionally offside as he headed in.
Mutu had also cracked a first time shot straight at Seaman from Hasselbaink's clever lay-off, but the spell of pressure during which Chelsea ultimately wrapped up the points was not typical of this entertaining contest.
City had forged the first opening after just six minutes, when defender David Sommeil volleyed just a foot too high from Michael Tarnat's right-wing free-kick.
Then, shortly after Hasselbaink's goal, Tarnat crossed from the left and Robbie Fowler powered in a header which Carlo Cudicini did well to tip against a post.
Nicolas Anelka was wrongly flagged offside as he chased Trevor Sinclair's through ball, which would have left him one-on-one with Cudicini, and Shaun Wright-Phillips was a constant menace to Chelsea down their left.
Kevin Keegan's men then threatened a grandstand finish after a tense second half, during which Claudio Ranieri took off both Gronkjaer and Hasselbaink to shore up his defence with Geremi and Robert Huth.
The visitors forced five late corners as they laid siege to the Chelsea goal and Cudicini was at full strength to keep out Trevor Sinclair's 12-yard drive after Antoine Sibierski had mis-kicked on the penalty spot.
Chelsea Cudicini, Melchiot,
Gallas, Terry, Bridge, Cole (Duff 73), Makelele, Lampard, Gronkjaer (Geremi
68), Mutu, Hasselbaink (Huth 84).
Subs Not Used: Ambrosio, Gudjohnsen.
Goals: Hasselbaink 34.
Manchester City Seaman, Jihai, Sommeil,
Distin, Tarnat, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Reyna (Sibierski 80), Sinclair, Fowler
(Wanchope 73), Anelka.
Subs Not Used: Stuhr-Ellegaard, Dunne, Bosvelt.
Referee: P Dowd (Staffordshire).