Strength in adversity – Chelsea’s top performances with 10 men

In tribute to the players whose valiant display secured a deserved point against the Reds after Reece James’ harsh dismissal had reduced us to 10, here is a look at some other fine performances by the Blues when we have gone a player down with more than half the game still to be played.

West Ham – April 2006

The fans at Stamford Bridge may have feared the worse when Maniche was dismissed for a late lunging tackle after 17 minutes, with Chelsea already trailing to a James Collins goal, but the Blues showed the stuff of champions to turn things around against the numerically-superior Hammers.

Goals in a three-minute spell by Didier Drogba and Hernan Crespo gave us the lead before second-half strikes by John Terry and William Gallas sealed a memorable 4-1 victory as we closed in on a second consecutive Premier League crown.