Player Ratings: Portsmouth 0-5 Chelsea

Easy pickings for Drogba and Malouda as Chelsea cruise at Fratton Park.

David James - 5.5 - Brutally unfortunate for Drogba's opener, an incident that is destined to be replayed over and over again after the ball bobbled wickedly over his swinging foot. Made a couple of smart saves from Lampard, but will question his positioning for Malouda's first strike and Drogba's second.

Steve Finnan - 5.5 - Caught out for Drogba's second goal of the game, but by then the three points had long since headed off for west London. Was decent for much of the match, but perhaps his experience should have been more use to his side.

Ricardo Rocha - 6.5 - Was solid and dependable for much of the first half, before a stray elbow from Malouda forced him off injured with a suspected broken cheekbone.

Hermann Hreidarsson
- 6.5 - Get stuck in at every opportunity, alongside O'Hara was undoubtedly his side's most committed player. But the Icelander is a limited player these days, and his deficiencies were exposed on a number of occasions.

Marc Wilson
- 6 - Had a few solid moments on a difficult night. The defender endured a disappointing game when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge, but showed a few glimpses today of why he is one of the club's salable assets.

Hayden Mullins - 5.5 - Quiet night for the former West Ham United and Crystal Palace midfielder, trying to find something to do in what initially looked something approaching a 7-2-1 formation.

Aaron Mokoena - 5.5 - Broke up a few Chelsea attacks early on, but once Drogba had been handed the opener the floodgates opened as heads began to drop. Early withdrawal for tactical reasons.

Richard Hughes - 5 - Missed a glorious chance to head home a much-needed consolation goal for the home side, summing up their plight tonight and all season. Showed good work-rate throughout, but wasn't able to halt the Chelsea march.

Jamie O'Hara - 7 - Tried hard — sometimes too hard — to stamp his authority on the game in midfield. Was his side's best player in the middle or final third of the pitch, but couldn't quite find an opportunity to score the goal that would have lifted the home crowd.

Tommy Smith - 5 - Another victim of a freak injury, Smith did not return after half-time after another flying elbow, this time from Sturridge, left him with a broken nose. The incident was his most high-profile part in the game.

Frederic Piquionne - 6 - Was understandably feeding on scraps throughout the game. Ran the flanks well and tracked back diligently in the first half, but this was not the game for a lone striker to prosper.


Angelos Basinas - 6 - Put his foot on the ball and showed composure on a couple of occasions, but for the most part was going through the motions.

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie - 5 - His individual poor performance was lost amid the team's overall bland effort.

Nwankwo Kanu - 5.5 - Plays the game at such a slow pace on some occasions it looked like he was moving backwards.


Petr Cech
- 6 - Could have probably played in this game even if he was still injured. Hardly had a touch of the ball, the ideal comeback game for a man who will be called upon much more over the next few weeks.

Yury Zhirkov - 6 - Solid if unspectacular display from the Russian, showed some decent attacking intent but was also lucky to get away with a few defensive errors.

John Terry
- 6 - Easy game for the England man, had little to do and kept Piquionne quiet with the minimum of fuss.

Ricardo Carvalho - 6 - Was he rushed back to soon? Looked fairly comfortable on the odd occasion he had work to do, but then limped off injured after an innocent-looking collision in midfield.

Paulo Ferreira - 7 - Normal service resumed for the Portuguese full-back, covering down the right with the minimum of fuss. A useful player for the squad to have.

John Obi Mikel - 6 - Even against weaker sides his problems as the midfield anchor are obvious. Covered reasonably well against limited resistance, and showed some quality with a beautiful long through ball for the fourth goal of the night.

Frank Lampard
- 7.5 - Chelsea fans will have been delighted to see the midfielder test David James with a number of smart long-range efforts, and he also played a key role in both Malouda's goals. Late goal was icing on the cake. Promising stuff for the tougher challenges ahead.

Florent Malouda
- 8 - Showed the cutting edge that was otherwise shockingly absent from the game. Rifled his first past James from an acute angle, and then reacted well to score his second and put the game beyond doubt.

- 7 - His presence gave the Chelsea side a little bit more verve and creativity, although that wasn't reflected on the match in general. Showed his quality with a few decent through balls.

Daniel Sturridge - 5 - Surprise selection on the right flank in place of Nicolas Anelka, a move that didn't really pay off for the manager or the player. Looked out of sorts throughout, cutting inside and trying tricks at the wrong times. Withdrawn early for Joe Cole.

Didier Drogba - 7 - Gleefully took advantage of James' misfortune to score the opening goal of the game. Was a useful outlet for the searching balls of Deco and Lampard, but blasted his handful of other half chances high or wide of the Portsmouth goal.


Alex - 6 - Comfortable at the back after replacing Carvalho, had little to all game apart from blast a few long range free kicks into the stands.

Joe Cole - 7.5 - Had a number of good moments after his introduction, including a key role in Lampard's late finish, perhaps suggesting he should have started ahead of Sturridge and certainly furthering his case for inclusion in future games.

Patrick van Aanholt - 7 - Memorable night for the youngster, getting his Premier League debut. Showed some quality going forward, delivering one wicked cross that Drogba should have turned in. Promising.

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