CHELSEA finished their season with a home win, but they will rue a forgettable Premier League campaign that ranks as their worst for a decade.
In what at times resembled a 90-minute open training session, Roberto Di Mateo achieved his most important possible goal today - of keeping his key men for Munich in six days fit and in contention for the Champions League final.
This game, the result of which was all but inconsequential to both sides, threw up team selections of the stuff pub quiz questions are made.
Sam Hutchinson, once retired from the game with a knee injury, finally made his Lazarus-like first team debut after six years on the club's books.
A Premier League debut was also handed to Romelu Lukaku. Blackburn, meanwhile, kicked off with the Olsson twins: not Mary-Kate and Ashley, sadly, but Martin and Marcus.
The game started as every bit of the damp squib many had expected.
The only issue to peak the crowd's emotion was in the 11 th minute, when a pre-arranged show of support for Chelsea's benched number 11 Didier Drogba saw the stands sing 'we want you to stay'.
Lukaku switched from centre forward to wide right, where a storming run on the half hour produced a fine cross, and an even finer headed goal from John Terry.
Chelsea doubled that lead moments later when Michael Essien, dribbling in the box, was felled for what looked like a blatant penalty.
But referee Lee Mason played an admirable advantage, and Raul Meireles toe-poked the ball in form 18 yards.
The game in the bag before half time, Di Matteo to turn the occasion into an open training session: making the interesting tactical move of bringing on Paulo Ferreira for Florent Malouda.
Ferreira moved to left back, pushing Ryan Betrand up into left midfield. An option for Munich? Who knows?
The game cantered on: Drogba entering for what may yet be his Stamford Bridge swansong ten minutes after the break. Blackburn pulled back a headed goal on the hour, but never looked like pulling it level.
Honour, lost in the forgettable league campaign, was restored with the parading of the FA Cup post-match. But in truth this was 90 minutes few will remember for long. All eyes now on Munich.