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West Ham United
2 January 2012
• Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Referee: P. Walton
• Attendance: 27289
S. Ward 85'
F. Lampard 89'
90' + 4'
And there's the final whistle! Not enough time for Wolves to take the corner and they will be disappointed to have lost after scoring a late equaliser but Andre Villas-Boas' Blues pick up a morale-boosting win and move back into the Champions League places ahead of their rivals' games later.
90' + 3'
Agonisingly close for Wolves! Ward's long-throw is flicked on and Berra meets the ball with a firm header but Cech reacts superbly to tip the ball over.
90' + 2'
Everyone up for Wolves as they win a free-kick in their own half but they fail to capitalise on the chance and Ramires brings the ball away for Chelsea.
Assist Ashley Cole
Goal Frank Lampard
GOOAALL!! CHELSEA RE-TAKE THE LEAD!! Lampard works the ball to Torres on the edge of the box who plays a great through-ball to Cole, the full-back swings a cross into the box where the on-rushing Lampard meets it with a sliding volley to send Andre Villas-Boas into a touchline jig.
After being subdued for much of the second half, Molineux has erupted, Wolves won this fixture last season and now they could have the momentum to win it again.
Assist Steven Fletcher
Goal Stephen Ward
WOLVES EQUALISE! Chelsea are made to pay for all their missed chances, Jarvis hits a ball to the back post which Bosingwa struggles with over his shoulder, Fletcher knocks the ball back inside the box and Ward is on hand to rifle the ball home.
Torres again wastes a good opportunity, Mata plays a perfectly weighted ball into his path but Torres' first touch is abysmal and goes out for a goal kick, it is Mata's last contribution as he is replaced by youngster, Josh McEachran
Almost a second for Chelsea, Cole breaks down the left and his cross is poorly cleared, Merieles works the ball to Mata who hits an effort which is deflected over the bar.
Wolves are running out of time to get back in to this game and they've lost some of their shape after making changes, Steven Fletcher has barely had a sniff in nearly 20 minutes on the pitch.
Second substitution for Wolves, Kevin Foley returns to Premier League action after an injury lay-off to replace David Edwards.
Torres again showing good touches as he brings the ball down 25 yards out and feeds Mata inside the box, Mata turns onto his left-foot and hits a low effort into the side netting.
David Edwards gives a warning to Chelsea that they only lead by one, as he very nearly reaches Karl Henry's pass in the box.
Lampard beats Johnson to the ball down the left flank cuts back inside and feeds Torres on the edge of the area. The Spaniard shapes to shoot but feints and goes past two Wolves players in the box before Johnson recovers to block Torres' run.
It's that man again, Mata plays the ball ahead of Ramires who gets to the ball after giving both Ward and Berra a head-start, a heavy touch takes the Brazilian wide and his shot is straight at Hennessey who palms away.
Ramires is looking Chelsea's most potent attacking threat as his pace and energy rips through Wolves, another burst and cross finds Torres but the Spaniard volleys horrendously over the crossbar.
Wolves looking disjointed as Henry's free-kick goes nowhere near a team-mate, Jarvis is forced to foul Ramires to prevent a counter-attack and is lucky to avoid a booking.
Indeed here comes Fletcher who is brought on to replace Emmanuel Frimpong, the tenacious midfielder has done well to contain Raul Merieles on his Wolves debut.
Chelsea look much more comfortable now after their goal, Wolves must be considering bringing Steven Fletcher off the bench if they are to get back into this match.
A period of neat passing from Wolves is ruined by Stearman's loose pass which is intercepted by Torres, who wins a corner from Johnson after nice inter-play with Mata.
GOAL TO CHELSEA! From the resulting corner, Mata's ball falls to Ramires' feet who outmuscles Ward and smashes the ball home for his sixth of the season, all Chelsea players celebrated with their manager Andre Villas-Boas following the strike.
Assist John Terry
Hammill again close for Wolves, picking up Jarvis' quick free-kick and dribbling to the edge of the area before hitting a curling effort which goes past Petr Cech's far post.
Matt Jarvis taking no time to make an impact on the match, flying past Bosingwa and hitting a left-footed cross into the area, it goes over Doyle but falls to Hammill who hits a half-volley at John Terry and the ball is cleared.
Micj McCarthy is irate on the touchline as David Luiz goes down after trying to bodycheck Kevin Doyle, with Chelsea being awarded a free-kick much to the former Ireland manager's ire.
Chelsea re-start the game, Wolves have made a sub at halftime, bringing Matt Jarvis on for youngster Anthony Forde, Chelsea are unchanged.
45' + 3'
And there's the half-time whistle! Wolves will be happy to go in level with the Blues but really should have taken the lead through Johnson or Ward.
45' + 2'
Chances coming thick and fast at the end of the first-half, Wolves threaten now, Hammill's clever chipped ball finds Doyle in the right-hand corner of the box, he turns onto his left foot and can only scuff wide.
45' + 1'
From the resulting corner, Terry heads over from eight yards.
Mata picks the ball up on the left and slides a ball through fro lampard who hits a cross behind Torres and Ramires, the Brazilian recovers the ball and lays off for Bosingwa whose drive is tipped wide by Hennessey.
Wolves have gone into full defensive mode as half-time approaches, their five players across midfield are working well to stifle Chelsea's threat.
John Terry bursts forward as Chelsea look to break the deadlock here, but as he makes his way into the box he slips and the ball goes for a goal-kick.
The game looks to have settled down following that rush of yellow cards, Chelsea trying to dominate possession once more but Wolves remain staunch in defence.
Close again! Wolves look dangerous from set-pieces, once again Hammill curls the ball in from the right and Stephen Ward rises but can only head wide when unmarked.
Yellow Card Oriol Romeu
Yet another booking, this time Oriol Romeu is carded after kicking the ball away following Frank Lampard's foul on Hammill.
Close for Wolves! Adam Hammill's swinging free-kick is met by Roger Johnson who crashes a header against the post.
Yellow Card Kevin Doyle
This game is close to boiling over, Ashley Cole first hits Richard Stearman with a crunching tackle before flashing a high boot towards Kevin Doyle who reacts angrily, throwing the ball at the Chelsea left-back, the Irishman picking up a booking, Cole escaping punishment.
Yellow Card Karl Henry
Third booking in as many minutes, Fernando Torres is running into the box and tangles legs with Wolves skipper Karl Henry who goes into Peter Walton's notebook.
Yellow Card Adam Hammill
Barely a minute later and Hammill himself is yellow carded after catching Ashley Cole after he had played the ball.
Yellow Card Frank Lampard
First booking of the match is given to Frank Lampard after his late challenge brins down Adam Hammill, it has to be said that red cards have been shown for less.
Chelsea again going close as Ramires looks to raid down the right flank and his cross almost finds Lampard rushing into the box.
Good defending by Berra as Bosingwa's through ball tries to find Ramires in the right channel but the Scot is alert and shepherds the ball out of play.
Kevin Doyle is becoming more and more isolated for Wolves up front, Hammill and Forde are struggling to create anything in the wide positions.
Chelsea with another effort on goal, Mata's outswinging corner is nodded towards goal by Luiz and Ramires stretches out a leg to divert the ball towards the net but his effort is straight at Hennessey.
Chelsea looking ominous here, Mata plays the ball to Ramires in acres of space and the Brazilian powers into the box flashing a shot into the side netting at Hennessey's near post.
Great build up play from Chelsea sees Lampard play Torres through, the Spaniard returns the ball to Lampard in the bos but Berra's superb challenge stops the England midfielder from getting a good shot away.
Fernando Torres might be getting desperate, muscling Johnson off the ball and hitting an effort from the centre-circle which goes out close to the corner flag.
Comical mix-up at the back for Wolves as Ward and Berra tackle each other leaving Torres free who plays Mata through but the diminutive number 10 can't get enough on his effort which trickles towards goal but is cleared by Stearman
Chelsea are looking to play the ball through Wolves but they are looking solid, Emmanuel Frimpong, making his Wolves debut, nicks the ball away from Ramires but is met by a crunching tackle from Ashley Cole.
Juan Mata looks to catch out Wayne Hennessey with a quick free-kick but the Spaniard puts the ball wide with the Wolves 'keeper out of position.
And we're underway here at Molineux!
Wolves threatening immediately as Kevin Doyle dispossesses Romeu, Edwards picks the ball up but his shot from range is comfortable for Cech.
Wolves' full match squad arguably looks the stronger of the two, with top scorer Steven Fletcher on the bench for the home side.
So Chelsea go into the game without Didier Drogba or Daniel Sturridge in their side, both missing entirely, could this afternoon finally be Fernando Terres' shining moment as he nears 12 months as Britain's most expensive player?
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Romeu, Meireles, Lampard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lukaku, Ferreira, McEachran, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Chalobah.
Wolves line-up: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Forde, Frimpong, Henry, Hammill, Edwards, Doyle. Subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher, Hunt, Jarvis, Foley.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Wolves v Chelsea from Molineux. Andre Villas-Boas' side will be looking to recover from their home defeat against Aston Villa last time out while Mick McCarthy's boys will be hoping to inflict further misery on the Blues and win this fixture for the second successiv season.
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