Top 10 FA Cup Final conclusions: Everton 1-2 Chelsea
1. It was more satisfying to see Chelsea win the FA Cup in yellow. It made a change from the red or blue monotony the Big Four usual hold. It was like Oxford United had won or something!
2. It was a fitting farewell for Guus Hiddink after his successful babysitting stint at Chelsea. Will this be the last time we see him managing in England? I suspect not.
3. Frank Lampard’s strike was decent, but not brilliant. Tim Howard ought to have got more behind it and it could have all been very different for Everton.
4. Chelsea may have won the FA Cup, but they lost the answer to a pub quiz question. Roberto di Matteo no longer holds the record for the quickest goal in FA Cup Final history.
5. Like Chelsea against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final second leg, Everton scored too early for their own good. It forced Chelsea to come forward and attack, and they were more dangerous as a consequence.
6. The giant pre-match jigsaws were a nice idea to entertain the fans!
7. Another example for those who want goal-line technology introduced to cite in their argument. Thankfully, Florent Malouda’s disallowed effort wasn’t a decisive one. Imagine the controversy if it had happened at the other end.
8. The Wembley pitch was looking beautiful in comparison with recent criticisms. Amazing what a bit of sunshine can do.
9. Marouane Fellaini’s afro must have been pretty unbearable in the scorching Wembley sunshine.
10. Everton were not the only losers. Carlo Ancelotti now finds himself taking on the Chelsea job with the bar raised a bit higher than it was when he agreed to take charge.