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February 25, 2012
• 10:00 AM
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 40999
David Luiz 48'
D. Drogba 61'
F. Lampard 79'
90' + 4'
Fulltime at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea pick up their first win in five matches in all competitions. After a poor first-half, Chelsea fought to pick up the three points. They were much better after the break and the win was comfortable in the end. Thanks for joining me today golks! Hope you've enjoyed the coverage! Join me next time!
90' + 3'
Don't remember a match where there were so many corners. Lampard takes yet another, but Torres's header is wayward as it flies well over.
Good delivery by Torres. The striker was found on the right side of the penalty area by Mata and he chipped his cross to the far post, but Kalou's attempted header lacked any real conviction and nothing comes of the chance.
John Obi Mikel
Torres got himself in down the right, cut back inside onto his left foot, selling a dummy to his marker, but after shaping to shoot, hie effort goes well wide, and well over. Not very good really.
A positive that Bolton, and Arsenal, can take from this match is the performance of Ryo Miyaichi. He has been quiet for most of the game, but in flashes he has looked impressive.
Sordell potentially unlucky not to get a penalty there! The 20-year-old was caught by Cole in the area, but got straight back up. There was definitely contact there.
Chelsea looking for a fourth here. I don't think they'll sit back until Torres gets a goal!
Assist Juan Mata
Goal Frank Lampard
GOAL!!!! Lampard gets his goal! Mata delivers an excellent cross from the right wing and the midfielder comes in at the far-post to side-foot his volley past Bogdan.
Chelsea fans calling for a penalty, but what a tackle by Wheater, coming across to halt the charges of Ramires.
And there is the change. Torres on for Drogba.
First effort of the afternoon for Marvin Sordell. The new signing came on a little while ago, but his effort trickles about 20 yards wide of Cech's goal.
Drogba still hobbling around on the pitch. Surely if you're Villas-Boas, you're thinking that this would be a good opportunity to get Torres on, and potentially get himself a goal?
The break in play following Drogba's "injury" seems to have slowed the game down a bit. Chelsea know they have won this, and Bolton know they have little to salvage.
Drogba gives away a free-kick after kicking Tuncay and proceeds to roll around on the floor. Looks like Torres could be about to come on.
It's unbelievable how much better than the first-half this second period has been. Everything has been more urgent and energetic, while both teams have looked like they actually want to be there.
Ricketts with an attempt from range, looking to bend a shot into the top far corner, but it goes comfortably wide of Cech's left post.
Excellent play by Miyaichi. The winger flew down the wing, getting away from Ivanovic before evading a Cahill tackle, but his cut-back into the area is put behind for a corner. Much better from the youngster.
Very nearly a third for the hosts! Lampard's corner comes back to Essien just outside the area and the midfielder fires goalwards, but after the ball bobbled around the area, Bogdan is able to make the save.
Assist Frank Lampard
Goal Didier Drogba
GOAL!!!! Chelsea double their lead! Lampard delivers a good corner and Didier Drogba heads it into the bottom far corner. You'd think that is the three points wrapped up for Chelsea.
Very close to a second for Chelsea. Ivanovic plays the ball back to Mata and the Spaniard goes for goal, but it is deflected just wide and out for a corner.
Good effort by Tuncay. Bolton on the attack as Steinsson cuts a ball back to the Turk, and from some thirty yards out he tries his luck, but it goes just over.
What a counter-attack by Chelsea as they hit the woodwork again. Cech launches the ball out with a brilliant throw. Mata surges towards the area before knocking a pass to his left for Drogba. The Ivorian opens his body out and shoots, but it grazes the top of the crossbar.
Chelsea hit the post! Mata's corner finds Luiz, but his header clips the foot of Miyaichi and hits the post. Very unlucky, but finally, a very good set-piece.
Chelsea win themselves a corner as Ivanovic does well down the right.
Good chance for Owen Coyle's men! Reo-Coker played a ball forward to N'Gog, but Cahill got a foot to it, however the former West Ham midfielder got to the ball again, shooting from the edge of the area, but it goes narrowly wide of the post.
Miyaichi wins a corner as he takes on Ivanovic round the outside. But, Tuncay's corner, although a little better than his efforts in the first-half, it's still not great and it comes to nothing.
Goal David Luiz
GOAL!!!! Chelsea take the lead! David Luiz, who continues to look lost in defence, but in attack, he looks as assured as any defender ever has. Getting the ball on to his right foot, he knocks the ball to his right, then curls a striker round Bogdan. Lovely finish.
Chelsea looking a little more urgent already in this second half. The crowd seems a little louder already too.
Thanks again for your brilliant feedback, particularly over halftime. Sorry if I couldn't give a mention to you all on here, but there were a lot of you getting in touch! Keep your tweets coming through though while the match is on. @RyRyBenson
We're back underway at Stamford Bridge.
@TheGentleman__ has given a fairly scathing assessment of Chelsea, saying they are playing like a mid-table team, not fighting relegation, but no fight for the title, "just below average". Fair point.
Thanks very much for feedback so far folks. It is much appreciated. Don't stop there though. Anything you want to bring up in the match, anything at all, then send your thoughts to @RyRyBenson on Twitter and if we get a lull, I'll post your tweets in here.
@shashwatrff isn't so sure about Chelsea's chances. Chelsea will only win 1-0, and that goal will come from the penalty spot, apparently.
2-0 is looking like a very popular scoreline at the moment. @meka4real's tip is a 2-0 Chelsea win, as is @SaintObie's.
Well, after that dullness, I think it's time to see what you think. @kengee22 is optimistic for Chelsea, claiming they'll win 2-0, but @ayodejivictor agrees, saying a 2-0 win will be the minimum.
45' + 1'
Halftime at Stamford Bridge. I'd be lying if I told you it was entertaining. A very drab first-half with very little created, and neither side looking convincing in attack. The set-pieces in particular were awful, but I don't think I need to tell you that. You already know.
First real glimpse of Miyaichi there. The baby-faced Japanese winger cuts in from the left, slipping a ball to Tuncay, then received a cut-back from the Turk, hitting it first-time, but it goes just over.
Yellow Card Darren Pratley
Pratley picks up a yellow card for diving there, right on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area. The midfielder looked to get clipped by Essien as he squeezed in between the Ghanaian and Luiz, but the referee thinks he dived. Looked harsh.
Collectors item from Mata. Lampard's corner is played short to Mata, but is goes miles over. That just about sums up this first-half.
Sturridge attacks down the right, winning another corner.
Bolton nearly work a good chance there. Pratley bursts into the penalty area, receiving a pass from his left, but as he shoots, he slips, allowing Luiz to make an easy block.
Mind-boggling. Tuncay's corner barely leaves the floor and is cleared easily by Chelsea. I'm beginning to think that these players are doing this on purpose now, just to annoy me. The set-pieces have been horrendous so far.
N'Gog wins a corner off Cahill after being released behind the defender.
Great response on twitter so far. Keep your thoughts coming in to @RyRyBenson.
And from the resulting corner, Lampard stakes his claim for worst corner of the day.
Sturridge almost in once again, having possession in the left side of the area, but Wheater deflects his shot behind.
Surprise surprise. Ricketts' free-kick is cleared by the first man in the Chelsea penalty area. There really has been some diabolical set-piece delivery in this match.
David N'Gog wins Bolton some respite as he gets a free-kick from Luiz.
Chelsea win their sixth corner of the afternoon as Cole's cross is put behind. Obviously I don't need to tell you what happened from that corner, because you already know. Very little.
Great effort by Sturridge! The attacker cuts inside, shifting the ball onto his left foot and looks to curl a strike round Bogdan, but the goalkeeper palms it away.
From the throw-in Ivanovic wins a corner, but predictably it comes to nothing. Eventually, Lampard ends up delivering a cross from the right, but Ivanovic's header goes comfortably wide.
Sturridge and Drogba link-up in the right side of the penalty area, but after getting crowded out they settle for a throw-in.
Shaky moment for Bolton there as Cole's long ball is sliced into the air by Ricketts, but Bogdan comes to catch.
Bolton get themselves a corner, but Wheater gives away a free-kick while getting a header away.
Anyway, while we have a few moments of little action, send your thoughts about the game, score predictions, how you think your team will win, to @RyRyBenson on twitter, and I'll post the best ones in here at half-time.
Yet again, an extremely poor corner. It seems to me that the standard of corners these days are nothing compared to what they used to be.
Nice move by Chelsea. Drogba receives the ball from Lampard, turning his marker immediately and sliding a pass into the area for Mata, but the Spaniard's low cross is deflected behind.
Drogba getting plenty of time on the ball. Lampard feeds the ball into him this time and the Ivorian turns on the edge of the area before letting rip, but Bogdan saves easily.
Good play by Drogba as be bring the ball down in the box before knocking the ball through Wheater's legs, but the two get into a tangle and the defender wins the free-kick, much to the annoyance of Drogba and the Chelsea fans.
Another corner comes to nothing. Tuncay smacks it straight into the first man, with Lampard easily heading it away.
Chelsea's corner came to nothing, and now Bolton have a corner. Tuncay tried to cross from the right, but Luiz played it behind.
Chelsea attack down the right with Ivanovic and Drogba, but the duo have to make do with a corner following good tracking back by Miyaichi.
Almost a decent opening for Drogba, but Ream did well to come across and clear the ball behind. The American has looked solid in his first ten minutes in the Premier League.
What a chance for Chelsea! Sturridge played a great ball through the Bolton defence for Lampard to run on to into the area, but Bogdan got a hand to it, forcing him out wide and had to settle with a corner.
The Bolton midfield and defence are making sure Chelsea aren't being given too much time on the ball, with closing down coming as soon as they are in possession.
Early chance for Chelsea. Stirridge was released through the centre before jolting to his right and shooting with his weaker foot, but Bogdan made the save, although made it look harder than it was.
A fairly slow and quiet first few minutes at Stamford bridge. Crowd in particular is extremely quiet. Ramires was nearly played through over the top, but Ream cleared, then David Luiz almost made a mess of a clearance in the penalty area.
We're underway at Stamford Bridge.
In their last five matches in all competitions, Chelsea have failed to pick up a win, losing twice, while Bolton have claimed two wins as they continue their battle to get out of the relegation zone.
I don't want to jinx it or anything in terms of a promise of goals, but Chelsea have won this fixture by four goals five of the last seven times these two sides have met.
That 11 would have been given a considerable boost by Lampard's haul the last time these two met as the England midfielder grabbed a hat-trick in a 5-1 win.
Frank Lampard has scored more goals against Bolton than against any other team, currently sitting on 11.
And Bolton's team for today is: Bogdan; Steinsson, Ream, Ricketts; Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi; Tuncay, N'Gog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Eagles, Knight, Klasnic, Boyata, Sordell
Right, let's get started with the teams. Chelsea's line-up is: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Fernando Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Kalou, Bertrand
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! commentary of Chelsea against Bolton. I am Ryan Benson and I will be describing the action to you today.
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