Hull fans give John Terry an earful during 1-1 draw
‘Terry, Terry, where’s your wife?’ chant the Hull fans. Arsenal’s will aim higher
Hull 1 Chelsea 1. If the Chelsea skipper John Terry hadn't had his fill of the French recently, it was Hull's French centre-back Steven Mouyokolo whose goal denied the Blues the chance to extend their lead over Manchester United at the top of the Premier League to four points. The draw also brought to an end Chelsea's six-match winning streak and ups the ante ahead of Sunday's mouthwatering clash with Arsenal.
As the fallout continues from Terry's alleged indiscretions with French lingerie model Vanessa Perroncel, former girlfriend of his one-time team-mate Wayne Bridge, the England skipper got a taste of what lies in store for him up and down the country in the coming weeks. "Terry, Terry, where's your wife?" sang the Hull faithful throughout, and when Ashley Cole came on as a second-half substitute, it was to a chorus of "Ashley, Ashley, watch your wife".
Add to that the deafening catcalls that rang round the KC Stadium every time Terry touched the ball, and his continued presence in the side in the immediate future must be a worry for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, despite his claims to the contrary. "I think for him, nothing has changed," Ancelotti said afterwards. "He continues to play a very good game. Every game he plays, he's doing well... Nothing can disturb our concentration in the camp. In every game, Chelsea are focused and our concentration is always there."
Asked if he has sat down for a heart-to-heart with Terry, Ancelotti reacted waspishly, telling reporters: "I don't need to speak with him. I have conversations with my players and he has not come to me. I don't like to speak about this. This is a not a question I want to speak about."
But Ancelotti did concede that Terry might be granted compassionate leave next week – meaning his omission from Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Cardiff on February 13 – in order to fly out to Dubai, and join his wife and children in an attempt to save his marriage.
As for last night's game, Hull made life uncomfortable for the Chelsea defence at set-pieces and it was from a Stephen Hunt corner on 30 minutes that Mouyokolo rose to give the hosts the lead. Of the 20 league goals leaked by Chelsea this season, 15 have come from set-pieces.
Still, the goal served to bring Chelsea to life and the equaliser came 12 minutes later when Nicolas Anelka was brought down by George Boateng just outside the Hull penalty area. Frank Lampard pounced on the loose ball, only to be bundled down inside the box, but referee Mark Clattenburg brought play back for a Chelsea free-kick from where Anelka was felled. Up stepped Didier Drogba to send the ball flying through a gap in the Hull wall and into the back of the net.
Terry celebrated the goal by applauding the support of the 3,000 Chelsea faithful who had made the trip north before shooting a menacing glare at a section of particularly raucous Hull fans. Not the wisest of moves on JT's part, for the biggest cheer of the night came a minute into the second half when Terry was cautioned for a foul on Jozy Altidore.
Terry, the self-styled 'hard-man' of English football, is so far toughing it out but every man has his breaking point. The Arsenal fans who arrive at Stamford Bridge on Sunday with some chants of their own will hope they find Terry's. ·
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