Terry's slip-ups are fast becoming a scandal

John Terry used to be the guy who never made mistakes. But in the past month, ever since it became common knowledge that he had been sleeping with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend, errors in judgment have rapidly become the defender's stock in trade.

His misjudgments in the bedroom cost him the England captaincy, and almost cost him his marriage. Distracted no doubt by the subsequent outrage, Terry has become increasingly guilty of defensive lapses almost every time he plays and is being punished every time he slips up. Two mistakes against Everton, and Chelsea conceded two goals in a 2-1 defeat; another slip to allow Diego Milito to score for Internazionale in midweek, and Chelsea lose again; against Manchester City Terry was caught out by a terrible back header from John Obi Mikel but instead of snuffing out the danger, he allowed Carlos Tevez in to equalise and start the avalanche that ended with Chelsea having nine men and losing 4-2. Four mistakes, four goals, three defeats. Not good news for England in a World Cup season.

A banner at Chelsea reads 'JT Leader and Legend'. A couple of other names were on the lips of Terry's former Chelsea and England team-mate Bridge as the teams lined up before kick-off. The will-he-won't-he dilemma of whether Bridge would accept the hand of his former best friend dominated the build-up.

One by one the City players accepted the hand of the former England captain, until it came to Bridge. The former Chelsea defender's hand was up but he threw the first dummy of the afternoon and swerved around Terry's mitt without so much as a look at the man he used to call his mate. Tevez, the last man in the City line, immediately followed suit in refusing Terry's offer of a quick shake. The Argentinian striker was the only team-mate to join Bridge in his boycott of Terry, who was sporting a new Mohican haircut for the occasion.

No shake for Terry, and no great shakes by his team either. A dour opening 40 minutes ended with Frank Lampard putting Chelsea ahead. However a catalogue of errors by Chelsea defenders, including Mikel, Terry, Ricardo Carvalho and Henrique Hilario allowed Tevez in to equalise, all from a hopeful clearance by Bridge.

Chelsea fans remained loyal to their hero JT, chanting his name and booing Bridge every time he touched the ball, an uncharitable welcome for a player who six seasons ago scored one of the most famous goals in Chelsea's recent history, the winner at Highbury that decided a Champions League quarter-final with Arsenal.

However it all started to unravel before the home fans' disbelieving eyes. Craig Bellamy scored two second-half goals, either side of a Tevez penalty, Bridge was replaced after 78 minutes with a knee injury, and as he disappeared down the tunnel he resisted the urge to break into a smug grin.

Clearly snubbing Terry and securing a famous victory cannot make up for the emotional hurt he is feeling. However his return to Stamford Bridge could hardly have gone any better for Bridge, nor any worse for Terry.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot