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  • 23 October 2010
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 41752
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  • 90' + 3'
    FULL TIME! All over and the final score is Chelsea 2-0 Wolves, goals by Malouda and Kalou giving the Blues the victory which keeps them top of the table and extends their lead to five point. The visitors, meanwhile, go away with nothing and if West Ham avoid defeat against Newcastle later will finish the day on the bottom of the pile.
  • 90'
    Into stoppage time at Stamford Bridge and it looks like another home win for Chelsea. They've not been at their best today, and Wolves have played well, but still the three points look to be theirs.
  • 89'
    Yellow Card Christophe Berra
  • 87'
    SubstitutionMatt Jarvis Steven Fletcher
  • 87'
    Double change for the visitors but you suspect it's come too late. Ebanks-Blake and Fletcher arrive Doyle and Jarvis depart.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionKevin Doyle Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • 84'
    Chance for Chelsea to make it three as Drogba stands over a free-kick. He manages to get it over the wall but he can't beat Hahnemann who makes the save.
  • 83'
    Lovely goal by the Blues. Kalou starts and finishes the move, finding Drogba who passes to Essien and the midfielder then sends a brilliant ball through to Kalou to slot past Hahnemann at his near post.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionYuri Zhirkov Josh McEachran
  • 82'
    GOAL!! What was I saying? Chelsea grab their second of the afternoon and secure all three points and it's substitute Kalou who makes it 2-0.
  • 81'
    Assist Michael Essien
  • 81'
    Goal Salomon Kalou
  • 81'
    Into the last 10 minutes and still all to play for at Stamford Bridge. That one goal lead will worry the Chelsea fans, Wolves have had their chances and will fancy their chances of grabbing a goal.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionJosé Bosingwa Paulo Ferreira
  • 78'
    Bosingwa goes off to a standing ovation from Stamford Bridge after a good display on his first start for 13 months. On comes Ferreira.
  • 75'
    Good stuff from Chelsea, substitute Kalou finds Drogba who lays it off for Essien but he can only smash his shot high over the bar!
  • 74'
    Mikel picks up a yellow card for a block on Spearman as he was bringing the ball forwards. The Chelsea man does not look impressed with the decision.
  • 73'
    Yellow Card John Obi Mikel
  • 72'
    SubstitutionFlorent Malouda Salomon Kalou
  • 72'
    Change for Chelsea with goalscorer Malouda coming off and Kalou the man to replace him.
  • 71'
    More threat from Wolves as they win another corner. Jones takes and Doyle gets a nick on it to head goalwards but Cech does well to claim the ball at his near post.
  • 68'
    Doyle brings down Ivanovic and Chelsea have a free kick just inside the Wolves half. It's taken quickly to Essien who frees Malouda down the left but he is denied by Berra.
  • 65'
    Good play by Hahnemann. Drogba is sent clear through but the Wolves keeper comes racing out of his box to deny the Ivorian! He had to get that right and he did!
  • 62'
    A little dink by Doyle finds Edwards and suddenly Wolves have a chance but he rushes his shot and fires straight at Cech. Yet the visitors continue to carry a goal threat at Stamford Bridge.
  • 60'
    Ivanovic and Doyle challenge for a ball and end up indulging in a bit of a wrestling match on the turf. The referee comes over and breaks them up and on we go again.
  • 59'
    Chance for Malouda! The ball falls kindly to the Frenchman in the box after good work by Essien and he looks odds on to grab his second of the afternoon but his shot hits Essien and is deflected wide!
  • 57'
    A long ball upfield sees Hunt tangling with Cech which gets the Chelsea fans on their feet. However, it's harmless stuff and Cech's quick throw suddenly has the Blues on the attack with Drogba beating Spearman before curling a shot high and wide.
  • 54'
    A really superb ball by Anelka finds Drogba in the box and he looks destined to score but can only direct his header wide. Not a finish up to his usual high standards.
  • 53'
    Good interplay by the visitors finds Doyle on the edge of the box. He then cuts inside and fires right-footed and Cech has to get down well to tip the ball around the post.
  • 52'
    Essien and Anelka get Chelsea moving. The Frenchman then tries to play a one-two with Drogba on the edge of the box but the return pass is blocked by Spearman and Wolves can clear.
  • 49'
    Great run by Ashley Cole who gets himself into the penalty area but he's so quick none of his team-mates have been able to catch up with him and there's no-one to pass to!
  • 47'
    Early chance for Wolves! A corner in from the left finds Hunt with a diving header which looks to be creeping in but Essien is in the right place to block!
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJelle Van Damme Stephen Hunt
  • 46'
    Welcome back as Chelsea get this second half underway. Wolves have made a change at the break Stephen Hunt on for Van Damme and predictably huge boos greet his first touch.
  • 45' + 1'
    HALF TIME! Chelsea lead 1-0 at the break courtesy of Malouda's seventh goal of the season. However, Wolves have had their moments and with only a one goal lead this game is far from over. Join me after the break for all the second half action.
  • 45'
    Heading into one minute of stoppage time at the end of the half...
  • 44'
    Good save Hahnemann! Again Bosingwa is on the attack, getting inside the box before firing at the Wolves near post but Hahnemann diverts it past the post with his toe!
  • 43'
    Mistake by Doyle! Another good cross from the right looks to give Van Damme a free header but Doyle isn't aware of his team-mate and instead tries to go for goal himself but makes a mess of it!
  • 41'
    Wolves win a free-kick and again try to flick it up to Jones to volley but this time it's easy for Cech. A good throw by the Chelsea goalkeeper then sees the Blues break quickly but Malouda's cross is intercepted and Wolves escape.
  • 39'
    Good little spell for Wolves, prompted by Milijas, but it breaks down on the edge of the box and Chelsea can break in a move which ends with Bosingwa cutting inside before firing just wide of Hahnemann's post.
  • 36'
    Another corner to Chelsea is taken by Drogba but it's a poor effort this time and is cleared at the near post.
  • 33'
    Yellow Card Richard Stearman
  • 33'
    Drogba is sent scampering down the left flank but is sent tumbling by a rash challenge by Spearman. The book is out and it's a yellow card for the Wolves defender.
  • 32'
    Milijas opts to have a pop from range for Wolves but it's too close for Cech who claims comfortably.
  • 30'
    Half an hour gone at Stamford Bridge and it's looking ominous for Wolves. With their lead established Chelsea are looking full of confidence and although the visitors have had a few attacks they have been unable to really trouble Cech so far.
  • 27'
    Another chance for Chelsea! Zhirkov is the creator, sending a cross field pass to Drogba who touches it into Anelka's path. The Frenchman's first touch, however, is poor and takes him wide and his shot, when it comes, is off target.
  • 24'
    Wolves will be so disappointed to have gone behind. Just seconds before Chelsea scored they had a chance themselves with Van Damme at the far post but he couldn't convert and that could prove to be costly for the visitors.
  • 23'
    Assist Yuri Zhirkov
  • 23'
    Goal Florent Malouda
  • 23'
    GOAL!! Chelsea lead and it's Malouda who makes it 1-0! Nice move from the Blues, Anelka on the left edge of the box slips in a cute pass for Zhirkov who squares for the Frenchman to tap home to make it Chelsea 1-0 Wolves.
  • 22'
    Drogba fires a corner into the Wolves box, it almost falls for Essien but not quite and some panicky defending by the visitors finally gets the ball clear.
  • 20'
    Good effort by Edwards! Now it's Wolves' turn to go on the attack. Foley does really well to make a good run and cross down the right. He picks out Edwards who can only head straight at Cech. Still, better from the visitors.
  • 20'
    Good effort by Edwards! Now it's Wolves' turn to go on the attack. Foley does really well to make a good run and cross down the right. He picks out Edwards who can only head straight at Cech. Still, better from the visitors.
  • 17'
    So close by Terry! A free kick is lofted into the Wolves box and finds the skipper whose header is just wide! Just a suspicion of offside about the effort as well, but in any case the Blues are definitely getting closer.
  • 14'
    A poor back pass by Foley almost plays his side into trouble. Hahnemann is alive to the danger althoug he almost hits Ashley Cole with his clearance!
  • 13'
    Great save by Hahnemann! Bosingwa is the man to work the Wolves 'keeper. He plays a great one two with Drogba before firing a low shot across goal but he's thwarted by a combination of Hahnemann's boot and hand!
  • 12'
    Anelka tries to slip Drogba through for a one-on-one with Hahneman but he's just put a bit too much on the pass and although the Ivorian chases, it rolls out of play for a goal kick.
  • 9'
    Chelsea ping the passes around in the Wolves half but the visitors have men back in numbers. Anelka then tries to pick a pass through to Zhirkov but Foley is the man to hack clear.
  • 6'
    The visitors are seeing plenty of the ball in these opening minutes and win another corner. Jarvis crosses from the left but it falls kindly for Terry who can play the ball out of defence.
  • 4'
    A good run by Anelka is brought to a swift half by a sliding Van Damme. The Wolves man is given a talking to by the referee but no card. Lucky boy.
  • 3'
    Wolves looking bright in these opening moments, they venture forwards down the left and Jarvis sends in a cross but it's cleared easily by the Blues. Still, seconds later they win a corner but Drogba intervenes at the near post.
  • 1'
    Here we go! Wolves get us underway at Stamford Bridge but it's Chelsea who immediately go on the attack.
  • Some quick team news before we kick off. Chelsea welcome back Didier Drogba while Jose Bosingwa is handed his first start for over a year and Yuri Zhirkov keeps his place after scoring a screamer in midweek. The visitors, meanwhile, make three changes with Richard Stearman, Jelle Van Damme and Nenad Milijas all starting.
  • Wolverhampton: Hahnemann; Foley, Berra, Stearman, Ward; Jarvis, Edwards, Milijas, David Jones, Van Damme; Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Hunt, Mouyokolo, Davis.
  • Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda.Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Kalou, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.
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