Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Chelsea

  • January 24, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's emotional tribute to the late Nat Lofthouse ended on a sour note as they were the subject of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.

Before the game, a ten minute video package was shown to supporters on the big screen at the Reebok Stadium, before a minute's silence was impeccably observed by everybody inside the ground.

The laying of wreath's by club captains Kevin Davies and John Terry followed, before the real action began on the field. Unfortunately for the legendary 'Lion of Vienna', his send off didn't go to plan as goals from Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka and Ramires gave Carlo Ancelotti's side a comfortable victory.

Despite the poor outcome of the game, Wanderers began brightly and Stuart Holden had the first shot of the game, dragging his effort off target from the edge of the box with just two minutes on the clock.

They should have been ahead a minute later though as Kevin Davies got on the end of a flick from Johan Elmander. However, he headed straight at Petr Cech when he should have done much better.

Their bright start didn't last long though as the visitors took the lead with 11 minutes gone. After robbing Gretar Steinsson of possession, Malouda released Drogba and from fully 30-yards out, he sent a swerving shot beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Straight from the kick-off, Bolton pressed forward for an equaliser and it almost came when Matt Taylor got on the end of a Martin Petrov cross, only for Cech to turn the ball behind for a corner.

As the half advanced, it was Chelsea who looked the more likely goalscorers, with Drogba and then Nicolas Anelka denied by Jaaskelainen when given a clear sight of goal.

Drogba curled a free-kick well over the crossbar on 39 minutes, but the Blues did double their advantage just a couple of minutes later.

Following on from a mistake by Paul Robinson, Malouda's initial strike was blocked by Gary Cahill. Unfortunately for the Wanderers defender, the ball rebounced to the Chelsea forward and he shot low past Jaaskelainen from an acute angle.

Elmander was denied a reply just a minute before the break as Carlo Ancelotti's side took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the break.

Neither side raced out of the blocks after the restart, until Chelsea wrapped up the points on 56 minutes when Anelka scored against his former club, striking beyond Jaaskelainen from just inside the area after Zat Knight had failed to deal with Drogba.

Mark Davies, on as a substitute for the ineffective Fabrice Muamba, came close to a consolation midway through the half. Racing on to a flick from Elmander, the midfielder tried to lob Cech, but the goalkeeper stood tall and made an easy save.

If the game wasn't already over at 3-0, the visitors added a fourth with sixteen minutes to go when Kevin Davies lost possession in the middle of the field.

After Michael Essien had picked out Anelka, Ramires pounced on a blocked shot from the former Wanderer, striking into Jaaskelainen's bottom corner to seal the rout.

Anelka's appeal for a penalty in the final ten minutes were waved away by referee Chris Foy, despite the Frenchman appearing to take a tumble under a poor challenge from Robinson.

Anelka brought a superb save out of Jaaskelainen and Ashley Cole found the top of the net in stoppage time as an easy night for the champions put an end to Bolton's seven game unbeaten home run, leaving them in tenth place in the Premier League.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Petrov (Rodrigo 63), Muamba (M Davies 63), Holden (Blake 87), Taylor, K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Ricketts, Cohen, Wheater

Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Ramires (Kalou 77), Mikel (McEachran 72), Anelka, Drogba, Malouda
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta
Goals: Drogba 11, Malouda 41, Anelka 56, Ramires 74

Attendance: 22,837
Referee: Chris Foy

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