Premier League Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-1 West Ham United

Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda inspire Blues' second-half demolition...

Ross Turnbull - 6 - Was little he could do for Parker's wonderful strike. Would otherwise have had a clean sheet after a comfortable afternoon.

Paulo Ferreira - 6.5 - Usual dependable performance from the full-back, committed no major errors and supported Malouda where needed.

John Terry
- 7 - A solid game from the captain, encouraging ahead of Tuesday's big game against Inter Milan. Played a key role in Drogba's decisive goal.

Alex - 7.5 - Emphatic header gave Chelsea an early advantage. Uncompromising at the back.

Branislav Ivanovic - 6.5 - Solid performance, although he was not tested too much defensively and was even given a rest after the result was secured.

John Obi Mikel
- 7 - Looked sharper and more aware than in recent games, making a number of timely interceptions and showing good range with his passing. Played a bit further forward, a small change that had a big effect.

Frank Lampard - 6 - Relatively easy afternoon for the England midfielder against his former club. Passed the ball around well and facilitated a lot of what was good about Chelsea's attacking play.

Michael Ballack
- 6 - Will be disappointed with Parker's goal, but put in a decent shift in a comfortable afternoon ahead of that game against Inter.

Florent Malouda - 8.5 - Chelsea's liveliest attacking player throughout the first half, gave Spector a torrid time. Got his reward in the second half in creating Drogba's goal.

Nicolas Anelka - 5.5 - Quiet afternoon for the French star who is going through something of a slump. Was withdrawn for Joe Cole.

Didier Drogba - 7.5 - Looked in good form throughout, but only got on the scoresheet after Malouda's pinpoint cross gave him the simplest of chances. Added to that late on with another poacher's strike.


Joe Cole - 6 - Few nice touches in a decent second-half cameo.

Yury Zhirkov - 6 - Return will be welcomed, got a valuable runout ahead of a probable start on Tuesday.

Salomon Kalou
- n/a - Allowed Malouda to get a deserved ovation.


Robert Green - 6 - Perhaps will face questioning for his positioning for Drogba's goal, as Malouda's cross seemed to take him out of play completely. Made a number of smart saves as Chelsea pressed, although Drogba's second seemed preventable.

Matthew Upson - 6 - Had his ups and downs against Drogba, winning a few battles but losing just as many. Will be disappointed to concede four.

Danny Gabbidon - 6 - Decent effort in a difficult game for the Frenchman, who was caused a lot of problems by Drogba's power and movement.

Jonathan Spector - 5 - Turned inside-out by Malouda throughout, really struggled to deal with the impressive Frenchman.

Fabio Daprela - 6 - Quiet performance from the Swiss youngster, but had some good moments and showed a lot of promise for the future.

Valon Behrami
- 6 - Showed good energy and work-rate, but struggled to help his side really get into the game in midfield.

Kieron Dyer - 5.5 - The Englishman looked slightly off the pace, and was withdrawn early after a fairly non-descript performance.

Scott Parker - 8 - One touch and volley beyond Turnbull was a sucker-punch of the highest order, but least the midfielder deserved. Was outstanding defensively against his former club, leading the fight against the Blues onslaught.

Robert Kovac - 6.5 - Was a decent foil to Parker in midfield, but failed to really step up to the plate and dominate the game. Had a few nice attacking touches.

Ilan - 6 - Wasted a decent early chance to open the scoring. From then on was a peripheral figure, failing to get another similar chance.

Mido - 6.5 - His performance in the first half will have shocked Middlesbrough fans, running down lost balls and harrying the Chelsea defenders. Fitness is still a slight problem, however, as he had to be withdrawn early.


Junior Stanislas - 6 - Was lively after his second-half introduction.

Carlton Cole - 6 - Replaced the flagging Mido, but by his arrival the game had effectively gone and the striker failed to really threaten his former side.

Alessandro Diamanti - 6 - Not a game for such a mercurial player to make an impact.

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