F.A. Cup-holders Chelsea soon found themselves two goals down against Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) in their?
F.A. Cup-holders Chelsea soon found themselves two goals down against Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) in their match on Saturday, but they eventually managed to draw level after one of their now-famous late-recoveries.
A fierce downpour as the players warmed up led to freakish conditions with a greasy top surface and several pools of water covering the pitch. Wolves took advantage of these conditions by hitting the ball hard and often into the Chelsea penalty area in the hope of defenders' mistakes.
The Chelsea and England goalkeeper Peter Bonetti soon found the greasy ball difficult to handle and when he failed to hold a centre from the Wolves right-back Shaw, 19 year old Ken Hibbitt--plaving his first game for the Midlands club--was there to slam the ball home.
The second Wolves goal, after 35 minutes, also came from a centre, this time from Wagstaffe on the left. Former Chelsea forward McCalliog was in front of Hollins at the near post to meet the ball and beat Bonetti with a sharp glancing header.
Immediately afar this goal Chelsea were unlucky not to score: an effort by Osgood was partially blocked and Hutchinson raced through to hit the foot of the far post.
Although Chelsea have been accustomed this season to rallying from behind they were finding it hard to seize the initiative. It wasn't until the 71st minute that they managed to pull one of the heals back, even then it was a very strange goal with Dempsey somehow touching the ball past Parkes, the Wolves goalkeeper.
But there was nothing strange about the Chelsea equaliser when from a free kick on the right by Hollins, Ian Hutchinson rose majestically to out jump the Wolves defence and head home at the near post Final score: Chelsea 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.