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Apr 13, 2010

John Terry gets one hand on the double

John Terry will get his hands on two trophies this season, I am sure, but the big debate is whether he handled in this critical match to help clinch the title.

• Chelsea 1-0 Bolton
• Terry: Bolton weren't easy

Full credit to Craig Burley and Alan Curbishley, the ESPN panelists, as they called it right - it was handball when a cross came in in the second half of Chelsea's 1-0 win at home to Bolton.

Too often TV pundits clearly have a biased view towards their old clubs, but former Chelsea midfielder Burley insisted he wasn't prepared to say what Blues fans would want to hear, but he called it as he saw it: a clear handball from Terry, and it was also a handball from Didier Drogba.

Owen Coyle was livid, and quite right, but there is little point whinging about it. FIFA refuses to introduce technology, and this is the result. "Honest mistakes" are a complete nonsense at the highest level of the game, with so much at stake.

Just ask the Irish whether they think there should be technology in place to help the officials, because Thierry Henry's infamous handball in November cost them a place at the World Cup finals.

At the Bridge, the Terry incident was not quite on the same scale, but it still leaves Bolton looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone. At the top, Manchester United and Arsenal can forget about the championship if Chelsea are going to survive such clear-cut handballs.

As for the football, it was a nervous victory for Chelsea, but understandable with the season reaching such a tense stage, and a few of their players showing signs of the strain. Chelsea weren't exactly at their best against Villa in their FA Cup semi-final, but ran out easy winners at the end, a result that was rather harsh on Martin O'Neill's team.

The goals have flowed this season - 123 is a club record - and Carlo Ancelotti's team have only failed to score on two occasions all season, against Birmingham and Inter Milan. It seemed there would be a pile of goals at the Bridge against Bolton, but it took a long time for the opening strike, and by the end the champions elect were hanging on grimly.

Sir Alex Ferguson's assertion that the match with Bolton would be an "easy game" was clearly one of the United manager's mind games to wind up the Blues. It didn't quite work, and it was more an indication of Sir Alex's desperation than an accurate assessment of the game, as Bolton are always hard work. The bookies had Chelsea at 9/4 on to win the double and after this the odds will be even shorter.

Nicolas Anelka hasn't been a prominent part of the goal fest this season, but he weighed in with his first since the turn of the year and it was just enough to take Chelsea over the line for the points that widen the gap to four. They also have a superior goal difference.

If Chelsea do win the league, at least I would have got one of the important predictions of the season correct, while another was that Liverpool would not finish in the top four. However, I was convinced Spurs would make the top four, and so would Manchester City, but the Gunners have surprised me this season.

Let's see how Spurs react to their FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of broke Portsmouth, which might just break their resolve to finish the season on a high. We shall see.

Then it's Chelsea against Spurs and it might be that the Blues can virtually clinch the title against their London rivals. There is plenty for Harry Redknapp to play for, but the big question is how much the Pompey setback has taken out of the Spurs squad.

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