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Hilario awarded Man of the Match award vs WBA


Who was Chelsea's man of the match?  

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Hilario, head and shoulders above everyone else.

This.

He made some important stops. In a normal game, it shouldn't have been noticed, but as the other players on the pitch were quite bad, that made him the better player.

Malouda also deserves to be mentioned... For having benched Kalou.

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Hilario, head and shoulders above everyone else.

I'll admit he pulled off one or two good saves to keep it at one-nil,but it wasn't like he was bombarded by shots throughout the game...He was fairly standard and good enough for a stand-in goalkeeper..

Anelka was brilliant in my opinion...In the second half he was the best part of our front three, showing flashes of his (now mostly forgotten) incredible pace...

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I'll admit he pulled off one or two good saves to keep it at one-nil,but it wasn't like he was bombarded by shots throughout the game...He was fairly standard and good enough for a stand-in goalkeeper..

It isn't just the saves though. He exuded confidence and calmness all throughout the game. He dealt with awkward crosses and loose balls with aplomb, which definitely gives a sense of security to the defence, especially when the centre-halves are having a torrid time like they did yesterday. The goalkeeper is only really spoken of when he makes mistakes and it is usual for his performances to be overshadowed by the adventure that attackers bring but I think Hilario was nigh on excellent yesterday.

Maybe if it was Cech who'd made that diving one-armed save vs Tchoyi or the cool composed stop against Odemwingie late on, we'd all be lauding him.

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It isn't just the saves though. He exuded confidence and calmness all throughout the game. He dealt with awkward crosses and loose balls with aplomb, which definitely gives a sense of security to the defence, especially when the centre-halves are having a torrid time like they did yesterday. The goalkeeper is only really spoken of when he makes mistakes and it is usual for his performances to be overshadowed by the adventure that attackers bring but I think Hilario was nigh on excellent yesterday.

Maybe if it was Cech who'd made that diving one-armed save vs Tchoyi or the cool composed stop against Odemwingie late on, we'd all be lauding him.

Agreed, Hilario made no mistakes, and that is rare for a stand-in goalkeeper who rarely gets game time. His ball distribution was good as well. And the moment I saw the cross to that open dude (Odemwingie?), I was shaking my head "goal FFFUUUU-" but then I saw it being stopped on the line by Hilario and I was confident of 3 points from there on... He also caught the ball which meant we had the possession and time to calm down, a shittier goalie might have awkwardly scrambled it into goal or made a panic in the box.

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It isn't just the saves though. He exuded confidence and calmness all throughout the game. He dealt with awkward crosses and loose balls with aplomb, which definitely gives a sense of security to the defence, especially when the centre-halves are having a torrid time like they did yesterday. The goalkeeper is only really spoken of when he makes mistakes and it is usual for his performances to be overshadowed by the adventure that attackers bring but I think Hilario was nigh on excellent yesterday.

Maybe if it was Cech who'd made that diving one-armed save vs Tchoyi or the cool composed stop against Odemwingie late on, we'd all be lauding him.

Look, we've seen Hilario in a lot of games and if its one thing he does have it IS confidence. Sometimes too much of it. Last match we nearly had a hilarious moment when he came charging off his box all the way to the half-line to pick up a ball that Ramires was going after. If that had gone wrong I'm sure he wouldn't be getting so many votes today.

I don't mean to undermine him, but yesterday's performance was what you would expect from him. Nothing spectacular..

But I guess that's more than what a lot of people here were hoping for anyway in Cech's absence,

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