Tested more than he might have thought, the big goalkeeper made a number of comfortable saves and punched clear a few dangerous crosses. But did look a bit flustered after his nemesis Hunt entered the fray.
The return of the Portuguese international was widely welcomed by the Stamford Bridge faithful, and he put in a performance to suggest he will be able to return to his level prior to a long injury layoff. Was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions and seemed to get forward and back with relative ease.
A powerful performance from the England man, throwing himself into challenges with his usual abandon and constantly making life difficult for the wily Doyle.
A comfortable afternoon for the Serbian, although he will perhaps be angered by the number of times Wolves attackers found themselves winning headers inside his penalty box.
A solid but unspectacular performance from the left-back, who had his moments flowing forward but seemed to pick and choose them more often than usual.
Had the simplest of jobs to finish off the opening goal from eight yards out. Was otherwise efficient on the ball probing going forward, without really dominating the attacking play like we know he can. Withdrawn with about 20 minutes remaining for Kalou.
J. Obi Mikel
Another good performance from Mikel — arguably Chelsea's most improved player this season. The Nigerian was composed at the base of midfield and even dropped in as an auxiliary centre-back to change things up tactically.
Russian's incisive run and cut-back provided Malouda with the all-important opening goal. Was quite up to that point, and indeed quite since, but Ancelotti will nevertheless be satisfied with what he say from Zhirkov after his efforts in midweek.
Nothing more than average from the powerful Ghanaian, who was frustrated in a couple of dangerous attacking situations and wasn't quite his usual dominant self in the middle of the park.
Early doors looked complacent, almost expectant of a thrashing to come. But workrate grew as the game progressed and Wolves proved themselves up for the fight, and was often at the heart of any decent moves from the home side.
Welcomed back into the team, the Ivorian wasn't quite at his most imposing — the story of the entire team really. But he did cause Berra and Stearman untold problems with his movement and physicality, opening up the pitch on numerous occasions, and that was proven as his through ball allowed Kalou to put the game to bed.
Perhaps caught out of position for Malouda's strike, the American made one great save to deny Bosingwa early on, and later held his nerve to stop Drogba one-on-one outside the box, but was generally fortunate as opposition efforts flew over the crossbar. Looked a bit shaky at times from backpasses, too.
Made one horrible challenge on Drogba that earned a deserved yellow card. Seemed frustrated by the Ivorian's presence, but hung on in there to put a decent performance, even if he was occasionally caught out on the counter attack.
A quietly impressive display from left-back, showing good composure on the ball and not letting himself be flustered when faced with an onrushing Cole or Zhirkov.
Nothing really to write home about, but was a dependable enough presence from left-back. Supported his side going forward when appropriate but sometimes left his team-mates shorthanded at the back.
The sizeable Scot, captaining his side, was a decent threat from set-pieces in addition to his good work defensively. Won his share of headers against Drogba, no mean feat.
J. Van Damme
The Belgium has admitted he is struggling to adapt to life in England, but perhaps all would have looked brighter if his first-half header had flown into the net rather than deflect softly towards Cech. Was solid enough on the left-hand side, but was withdrawn at half-time for the more 'tenacious' Hunt.
The jovial right-winger impressed most with his defensive work; more than once staying alert to prevent Cole rushing in behind him. Going forward he swung in a few handy crosses without seeing his side pick up a reward.
Held his own in midfield against the much-more vaunted Essien and Mikel. Occasionally got caught too far forward by Chelsea counter-attacks, but that is perhaps inevitable against such a well-oiled attacking machine.
The Serbian doesn't enjoy Mick McCarthy's full support these days, only starting due to other injuries and suspensions, and it is hard to tell whether he would have improved his standing after this outing. Had a couple of long range efforts and generally passed well, but a few misplaced efforts did anger his boss.
Box-to-box was the order of the day for the Welsh international, whose size was a nice threat to have from set-pieces. But his actions on the ball occasionally let him down, and he often found the play passing him by a touch.
Playing the lone striker against Chelsea — especially at home — is a thankless task, but Doyle acquited himself better than many have done in recent times. His movement and willingness to get physical both angered and affected Ivanovic and Terry, and if only his headers carried more power he could have scored at least once. A great shift from the forward.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 43 J. Bruma
Replaced Bosingwa with just over 10 minutes remaining. Solid at the back to see the game out.
- 44 G. Kakuta
Given just under 10 minutes to continue his footballing education after Zhirkov's withdrawal. Made one phenomenal last ditch tackle on Ebanks-Blake, although the offside flag rendered it unnecessary.
Given about 20 minutes to make an impact in place of goalscorer Malouda. And he did just that, finishing well after he was played through to finally put the game to bed.
- 23 D. Sturridge
- 13 W. Hennessey
- 22 S. Mouyokolo
- 3 G. Elokobi
The Stamford Bridge faithful were understandably unwelcoming of the Irishman, after the infamous run-in with Cech while he was a Reading player. But his introduction had an immediate impact (almost scoring with a diving header) and added a bit more purpose and nastiness to the visitors' attacking intent.
- 37 D. Davis
Late sub as Wolves chased the game.
Part of a late double substitution as Mick McCarthy looked to get something from a game his side competed well in.