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October 6, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 41784‎
 
Grant Holt 11′
 
31′ Eden Hazard
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

The Blues stay clear at the top of the Premier League after a scintillating display of attacking firepower against the struggling Canaries, who remain winless in the league

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    151
    28
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    Rarely tested thanks to some wayward finishing from the visitors, and could do litttle about Holt's strike.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    162
    29
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Got forward well to provide width for his team in attack and his cross to set up Torres' goal was pinpoint, but he was caught out far too often defensively, allowing Norwich to cross almost at will. Took his goal superbly though.

  • Ashley Cole
    137
    35
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    His usual reliable self in terms of an attacking outlet, but fared little better than Ivanovic at protecting his centre-backs from the visitors' aerial bombardment.

  • David Luiz
    156
    32
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Composed as ever on the ball, but was occasionally guilty of granting Holt too much space.

  • John Terry
    150
    33
    2.50

    John Terry

    His ability to block out any off-the-field controversies is now the stuff of legend. This was a semi-assured display, although Holt enjoyed a worrying amount of success against him in the duo's aerial duels.

  • Frank Lampard
    156
    70
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Used the ball intelligently and efficiently, releasing Chelsea's creative wizards at the right time, and even popped up in the box to score a trademark goal before his withdrawal with just over 20 minutes left.

  • Oscar
    155
    56
    3.00

    Oscar

    The least influential of Chelsea's midfield trident, but there were still a few moments of brilliance without an end product.

  • John Obi Mikel
    159
    37
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    A disciplined and thankfully restrained display. His shielding of the back four was such that most of Norwich's success came down the flanks.

  • Eden Hazard
    192
    51
    4.00

    Eden Hazard

    After a slight lull by his own extremely high standards, this was a return to the kind of form which had fans and neutrals alike purring. His movement and vision were constantly in evidence, and his sublime link-up play with Mata deserved to yield more than one excellent goal.

  • Fernando Torres
    236
    34
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    A performance which added to his goal tally and his enigma. Inexplicably fluffed a golden chance early on, but redeemed himself with a well-taken header. His wavering first touch still mystifies and, as long as he performs like this, the Falcao talk will not go away.

  • Juan Mata
    218
    55
    4.50

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    Once again the conductor of the Chelsea orchestra. His genius enabled three of his side's four goals and he was at the centre of everything the home side did well.

Substitutions

  • César Azpilicueta
    131
    16
    0.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Replaced Ivanovic with 12 minutes to go and delivered a solid cameo.

  • Oriol Romeu
    134
    16
    0.00

    Oriol Romeu

    Played the final eight minutes in place of Mikel and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

  • Ramires
    129
    16
    2.50

    Ramires

    Replaced Lampard with just over 20 minutes left and provided some much-needed energy as his side saw the game out comfortably.

  • John Ruddy
    12
    21
    2.50

    John Ruddy

    Helpless to prevent any of Chelsea's goals and was given precious little protection by a defence shorn of confidence.

  • Russell Martin
    7
    16
    2.00

    Russell Martin

    Tormented by Hazard, Mata and Oscar throughout, he could be having nightmares about this game for some time.

  • S. Bassong
    8
    16
    2.00

    S. Bassong

    Tried his best to marshall a faltering backline, but he must regard having Barnett as his partner as some sort of divine punishment.

  • Javier Garrido
    8
    13
    2.50

    Javier Garrido

    Delivered a couple of dangerous crosses for Holt, but granted Ivanovic too much space to swing in a decisive cross for Torres.

  • Leon Barnett
    10
    31
    1.50

    Leon Barnett Flop of the Match

    Inexplicably found himself in a position to tee up Holt for Norwich's shock opener, but his defensive positioning was woeful and his attempts to repair the damage clumsy all afternoon.

  • Bradley Johnson
    10
    16
    2.50

    Bradley Johnson

    Outclassed and out-passed by the Chelsea midfield, he deserves credit for remaining determined to bring his side up the pitch whenever he could.

  • Jonny Howson
    8
    14
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Like Johnson helpless to stop the hosts getting at his team's fragile defence, he was at least industrious.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    10
    15
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Put in a good cross which led to Norwich's opener but, in general, his influence was minimal.

  • Elliott Bennett
    7
    16
    2.00

    Elliott Bennett

    Carried a threat on the break down the right flank, but left Martin hopelessly exposed to Hazard, Mata and Oscar.

  • Alexander Tettey
    12
    18
    2.00

    Alexander Tettey

    One wayward shot from 25 yards aside, Chelsea's midfielders gave him a torrid afternoon.

  • Grant Holt
    44
    16
    3.50

    Grant Holt

    Did not deserve to be on the losing side. Took his goal superbly, took the fight to the Chelsea defence whenever he could and acquitted himself superbly in the face of overwhelming odds.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bennett
    10
    12
    2.50

    Ryan Bennett

    Replaced Bassong in defence with 12 minutes left when Chelsea seemed content to take their four goals to the bank.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    9
    11
    2.50

    Anthony Pilkington

    Replaced Johnson in the middle of midfield with 20 minutes left and became another body in Norwich's massed ranks.

  • Steve Morison
    9
    11
    2.50

    Steve Morison

    Replaced Holt with 13 minutes left but was nowhere near as effective as the man he replaced.

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