Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Chelsea

  • October 31, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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For the second time in the space of four days, Bolton were hammered 4-0 by a title-chasing Chelsea.

Unlike the Carling Cup exit on Wednesday, Bolton looked lively and were in the game until the final minute of the first half when Jlloyd Samuel was dismissed for a professional foul and Frank Lampard dispatched the resulting spot kick.

Deco, an own goal from Zat Knight and a late strike from Didier Drogba sealed the rout as Chelsea moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Tamir Cohen saw an early header fly over the crossbar, before the visitors began to settle into their surroundings as Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both went close.

Michael Essien soon saw a shot fly just wide, before Drogba was denied one-on-one by Jussi Jaaskelainen's outstretched leg.

Johan Elmander then came close for Bolton, latching onto a Kevin Davies pass before turning and shooting narrowly over Petr Cech's goal.

The visitors thought they had taken the lead with 30 minutes on the clock, but Branislav Ivanovic's superb strike was disallowed by referee Peter Walton, who adjudged Michael Ballack to be standing in an offside position.

That sparked Chelsea into life infront of goal and a minute before the break they were rewarded for their efforts.

Drogba had found a gap between Samuel and Gary Cahill, resulting in the former bringing the Ivory Coast striker down and being dismissed from the field.

Lampard stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and kept up his record of scoring every penalty in over three years, making the score 1-0 going into the break.

With Bolton down to 10 men, manager Gary Megson made two changes at the start of the second period with Paul Robinson and Ricardo Gardner coming on for Chris Basham and Lee Chung-Yong.

Wanderers started the half brightly and went in search of the equalising goal. However, they were to be denied by Essien as he reacted quickest from a Davies knockdown to deny Tamir Cohen a certain goal.

Jaaskelainen was on hand to deny Drogba twice more, before Lampard smacked an effort against the crossbar following a well worked corner.

However, the Finn was beaten just after the hour as Chelsea ended the game as a contest.

Anelka pounced on a poor Bolton corner before flying down the left flank and cutting the ball back for Deco, who stepped inside a challenge from Robinson and curling the ball beyond Jaaskelainen.

Inside the final ten minutes, Chelsea began to knock the ball about confidently and added a third.

Ricardo Carvalho found himself in unfamiliar territory on the left flank and his cross to the near post was bundled into his own net by Zat Knight, who was under pressure from Ivanovic who claimed the goal as his own.

Bolton did go in search of a consolation but were hit in stoppage time as Anelka's angled ball was flicked on by Lampard for Drogba to poke into the bottom corner from close range.

The final whistle spelled the end of a disappointing four days for Bolton who must now bounce back when they visit Aston Villa next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Muamba (M Davies 65), Basham (Robinson 46), Cohen, Chung-Yong (Gardner 46), K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, A O'Brien, Taylor, Steinsson
Booked: Robinson
Sent Off: Samuel

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Carvalho, Terry, Ferreira, Essien, Ballack, Lampard, Deco, Anelka, Drogba
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, J Cole, Malouda, Sturridge, Alex, Belletti, Borini
Booked: Ferreira
Goals: Lampard 45(p), Deco 61, Knight 82(og), Drogba 90

Attendance: 22,680
Referee: Peter Walton

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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
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