Chelsea fans react on Twitter to Schwarzer performance v Sunderland

Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer came in for an ill Petr Cech yesterday and did not cover himself in glory.

So it seems as though Chelsea are out of the title race after Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat at Stamford Bridge.

And after the game the blame game began. Chelsea manager Mourinho, his assistant Rui Faria and a vast majority of fans were certainly not taking the defeat with dignity unfortunately.

They certainly had grievances.

The penalty however was a penalty. Like it or not Cesar Azpilicueta did catch the left leg of Jozy Altidore and the referee made the right decision.

However I feel that Mike Dean got two big decisions wrong. He obviously didn’t see Ramires elbow Sebastian Larsson but moments before there was an incident from which the reaction has been bizarrely mooted.

Larsson flew into the back of Ramires when the Brazilian had a simple header into an empty net - poleaxing the Chelsea man in the process. I seem to be alone in my belief that this was a penalty and a red-card for Larsson.

Indeed blame is being cast all over the place - and one player has also bore the brunt of disgruntled Chelsea supporters - goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Australian was signed on a free transfer in the summer to act as cover for Petr Cech and it seemed a brilliant deal. Experienced, local and talented - the former Fulham man would ably do the trick when called upon.

He was called upon yesterday. Petr Cech was ill and Mourinho had to use his second choice stopper instead - and he did not cover himself in glory.

Adam Johnson’s shot was strong and through a crowd of players but a rusty and out of practice Schwarzer was slow getting down to the ball and could not hold it - leaving Connor Wickham with a simple finish for 1-1.

It was not as easy as everyone says it was - and there has to be a degree of sympathy for Schwarzer - for whom this was a first Premier League game since May last year for the 41-year-old.

While some Chelsea fans stood up for their stopper most were not so forgiving - but calling him worse than Hilario … that is just harsh.

Here is some of the reaction from Twitter

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