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By Caroline Cheese

2217: OK, I'm done. Join Stevo tomorrow for those three Premier League crackers, including Tottenham-Arsenal. Bye bye.

2214: Didier Drogba definitely handled the ball in the first half, using his hand to push the ball away from Kevin Davies behind him, but the only Bolton player to appeal was Jack Wilshere on the edge of the box. Odd.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle on his side's penalty shouts: "They weren't penalty claims, they were stonewall penalties. John Terry must have some shoulder if that's what he thinks it came off, it must stretch down to his ankle. When you come to the big clubs, you seem to get very little."

2209: I've seen that Terry incident a few times and it definitely comes off the top of his arm, whatever it felt like to him. There was also an incident in the first half when Didier Drogba handled as he challenged for a ball with Kevin Davies, which I didn't even really notice at the time.

Terry on the penalty decision: "You go through a season and you're going to get penalties and not going to get them. They could have had one. We could have had one. It came off the top of my chest. I don't know what it looked like on TV, but it definitely felt like it hit the top of my chest."

Chelsea skipper John Terry: "The whole game certainly wasn't easy with Kevin Davies up front and Jack Wilshere in behind, they caused us problems all night. But I thought we did well and did what we had to do."

2203: So it didn't turn out to be all that easy in the end, did it? That's only the second 1-0 Chelsea have recorded in the league this season. The first was against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in November.

2159: Chelsea go four points clear at the top of the Premier League, and remain very much on track for the Double. Arsenal can go second and close the gap to three points with a win over Tottenham tomorrow night, when Aston Villa meet Everton in a crucial game in the race for European places, and Wigan, hovering above the relegation zone, host doomed Pompey.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC 5 live summariser Pat Nevin: "It's relief from the Chelsea fans. Chelsea didn't play particularly well they were very disjointed. I'm wondering whether Carlo Ancelotti knows what his best team is? Certainly, Joe Cole and Florent Malouda made a difference when they came on."

2155: FULL-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Bolton

2154: Yuri Zhirkov on the overlap down the left for the millionth time today, and he provides the perfect low cross for Joe Cole... surely 2-0... but no, the ball gets stuck under Cole's foot with the goal gaping.

2153: Chelsea looking to keep possession with two minutes of the added time remaining.

2151: And so begin four minutes of added time at a nervy Stamford Bridge.

2151: Lovely work by Joe Cole, cutting in from the left, ghosting past defenders before finally laying the ball off to Paulo Ferreira. He gets it back but his left-foot effort is scuffed and easy for Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Yellow card
2150: Johan Elmander kicks Yuri Zhirkov into the air for no particular reason, earning himself a yellow card, the fifth of the game. Two minutes until the 90, with Chelsea hanging on to a 1-0 lead.

2147: What's Didier Drogba up to? Trying to chest the ball down delicately in his own area, that's what. Ivan Klasnic steals in but shoots beyond the far post, much to Drogba's relief.

2145: Some intricate passing from Bolton and they work the ball out to Matt Taylor on the left. He swings a cross over to the far post where Johan Elmander can only head wide. Great chance.

Football League Stevo: "I'm. Lost. For. Words. Huddersfield 4-3 Walsall. Scorer = Lee Novak. Astonishing scenes."

2143: After fluffing a first-half opportunity, John Terry meets a half-volley sweetly, thumping his shot through a crowd of players and only narrowly wide. Owen Coyle's going for it now: strikers Ivan Klasnic and Johan Elmander on, Chung-Yong Lee and Jack Wilshere off.

Football League Stevo: "Jonathan Obika obviously likes leaving it late - he's waited until the last minute to earn Millwall a 1-1 draw at Yeovil. They might still drop out of the top two, though. Elsewhere, Huddersfield have pulled it back to 3-3 against 10-man Walsall, while in League Two Notts County go 3-1 up at home to Lincoln."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2140: The Chelsea changes appear to have had the desired effect. Frank Lampard smacks the bottom of the post with a right-foot shot from the edge of the area after a clever dummy by someone, not sure who, sorry. And now Joe Cole makes a brilliant run on the right before crossing for Michael Ballack, who heads at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Yellow card
2138: And now Kevin Davies kicks Jon Obi Mikel's standing leg and gets a well-deserved booking. Mikel in some pain and needs treatment but looks OK to continue.

Yellow card
2137: Bolton's Paul Robinson comes through the back of Salomon Kalou and picks up a yellow. Kalou is promptly replaced by Joe Cole.

2136: A little over 15 minutes remaining and Owen Coyle is on the touchline, roaring encouragement at his players. Chelsea still with that slender 1-0 lead.

2133: Bolton seem to have sensed they might actually get something here. Couple of corners in quick succession and Chelsea take an age to get the ball clear. They do eventually and have a chance to break but the ball goes to the lumbering Michael Ballack, and Bolton can retrieve possession.

Football League Stevo: "Bristol Rovers can kiss goodbye to the League One play-offs - Southampton are now smashing them 5-1 in their own backyard. Huddersfield are doing their best to wreck their own hopes too, throwing away a two-goal lead against 10-man Walsall and they now trail 3-2, incredibly. In the Championship, Danny Simpson's own goal halves Newcastle's lead at Reading."

2132: Alex slices a clearance horribly from Chung-Yong Lee's cross and Bolton have a corner. Nervy stuff from the Premier League leaders.

From Richard, Texas, via text: "Ballack always seems to be the common denominator in lacklustre Chelsea showings."

2127: Florent Malouda is coming on to replace goalscorer Nicolas Anelka. Bit of a strange one, and the Chelsea fans seem a bit bemused as they give the striker a huge ovation. Salomon Kalou stays on.

2125: Suddenly livening up. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a decent save to deny the rampaging Yuri Zhirkov. Up the other end, Matt Taylor is trying to scamper clear, but he's not quick enough to escape the Chelsea defence and is eventually crowded out. And now another replay of that penalty shout. I think it came off Terry's arm.

2123: Owen Coyle is jumping up and down after John Terry appears to divert Chung-Yong Lee's right-wing cross back to his keeper with his arm. The linesman indicates that it came off his upper chest. Replay inconclusive, but Terry a bit fortunate there.

Football League Stevo: "Notts County could be going top in League Two as Graeme Lee puts them 2-1 up at home to Lincoln. Big goal in the battle of the play-off hopefuls as Adam le Fondre puts Rotherham 1-0 up against Northampton. Back in League One, take a bow 10-man Walsall - Troy Deeney has bagged a quickfire brace to haul them level at play-off-chasing Huddersfield. And back to League Two where Jack Lester's notched a second - it's now Grimsby 2-2 Chesterfield."

2119: Matt Taylor makes a brilliant tackle to stop Paulo Ferreira in his tracks after Salomon Kalou finds the Chelsea right-back's overlapping run. Taylor goes to ground but times the tackle to perfection to win the ball cleanly.

2115: That's much better by Chelsea, but unfortunately for them, the chance falls to Salomon Kalou, who isn't having the best of games. Didier Drogba slips the ball through for his fellow Ivorian and he's one-on-one with the keeper but shoots straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen. Moments later, Kalou cuts in from the left and blazes over.

Football League Stevo: "It's all happening at Roots Hall where Southend equalise to make it 1-1 against Brentford, Carl Cort immediately puts the Bees 2-1 up and then Francis Laurent levels again for the hosts. Phew. Tranmere's woe continue - they're now 2-0 down at home to Wycombe. In League Two, Jack Lester has halved the deficit for Chesterfield at Grimsby. There's more drama to come."

2114: Florent Malouda and Joe Cole are warming up. Chelsea could do with a bit of their inventiveness. "They're just lumping it aimlessly and it's not good to watch," says Pat Nevin, quite rightly.

2111: Not much sign of a more free-flowing Chelsea so far, but to be fair, they're up against a hard-working Bolton side. Not much goal threat from the Trotters though.

2106: BBC 5 live's Pat Nevin has finished his cake, so we can get back under way at Stamford Bridge.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC 5 live commentator Mike Ingham: "I was really surprised by the lack of invention in the Chelsea side in the first half, and I think if it finished 1-0, there'd be some worried Chelsea fans, but I fully expect them to be more together in this second period."

Football League Stevo: "Hartlepool fans such as the great Jeff Stelling can breathe easy as their boys go 2-0 up over relegated Stockport in League One, thereby all-but ensuring their own survival. Grimsby's League Two Great Escape attempt continues apace - they're 2-0 up over Chesterfield, while back in League One, Southampton are now 3-1 ahead at Bristol Rovers."

From Chelseapaul via text: "Feels weird saying it but we do actually look like we miss Malouda at the moment. Strange feeling."

From Jeffrey, an annoyed Man U fan, via text: "Cheese - You said Anelka and Drogba didn't work together, therefore I'm blaming you for Chelsea scoring."
I did not say it, Jeffrey, the facts said it (see 1949). The facts have been proven wrong. Not I.

Football League Stevo: "Fans of brilliant half-time teamtalks might want to know what happened in the Leeds dressing-room at the break - it took only 107 seconds for Simon Grayson's boys to go 2-1 up at Carlisle thanks to Max Gradel and moments later Luciano Becchio makes it 3-1. As it stands, they go above Millwall into second."

2054: And as it stands, Chelsea will go four points clear at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal could close the gap to three points if they beat Spurs tomorrow.

2053: In case you didn't see what Kevin Davies was saying about Drogba and Anelka not getting on, it was this: "I'm not sure they get on very well. There doesn't seem to be a great bond when they play together, whereas Nicolas lights up when he plays on his own." But there's no doubt that goal was all about the understanding between the pair.

From Abu Fahad on 606: "What was Kevin Davies saying before the game about Drogba and Anelka not getting on?"

2050: HALF-TIME Chelsea 1-0 Bolton

Football League Stevo: "Good minute for divisional leaders, eh? There's just no stopping that black-and-white juggernaut from the north-east as Newcastle - away at in-form, play-off-hunting Reading - put the Royals firmly in their place with Kevin Nolan doubling his evening's tally and making it 18 for the season."

2047: That's Anelka's first goal since 30 January, but he kept the celebrations to a minimum against his former club.

Chelsea goal: Deadlock broken and it's all thanks to a magnificent cross by Didier Drogba, which Pat Nevin on BBC 5 live describes as simply "undefendable". Drogba whips the ball in from the left into the corridor of uncertainty between keeper and defence and Nicolas Anelka nips in to head past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

2043: GOALFLASH Chelsea 1-0 Bolton (Anelka)

2043: Back comes Yuri Zhirkov, without a bandage at all and presumably stitched up. If you're wondering why Chelsea don't just take the poor Russian off, they're not exactly spoilt for choice in defence at the moment. Jeffrey Bruma and Patrick van Aanholt are the defensive options on the bench.

2039: Cripes. Yuri Zhirkov is leaking claret again so he's off down the tunnel for another bandage job. John Terry will step in at left-back for now.

Football League Stevo: "I'm sorry, Bristol Rovers fans, but I guess you knew it would happen. Once Prince of the Pirates, Rickie Lambert has gone back to The Mem to haunt his old club not once but heartbreakingly twice, to put new employers Southampton 2-1 ahead. Blow for Leeds too as Richard Keogh gets Carlisle back on level terms, while play-off-chasing Huddersfield are cruising, 2-0 up against 10-man Walsall."

2037: Gary Cahill is penalised for dragging back Didier Drogba, who gets the free-kick over the wall but well wide.

2036: This is becoming a Terry Butcher-like performance from Zhirkov. The Russian sprints back on after treatment and is there to head away a cross for Chelsea. Plucky.

2033: Fabrice Muamba robs Frank Lampard in midfield and canters forward, but Bolton's attack is halted by an offside flag. The blood is now dribbling down Yuri Zhirkov's neck so the referee has sent him to be mopped up again. Am I painting a picture for you?

2031: Yuri Zhirkov, despite blood seeping out of his bandage and down his forehead, careers into the box and wins a corner. Bolton clear. Chelsea, apart from Zhirkov, seem a bit sluggish, if you ask me. Complacent?

Football League Stevo: "Yet more breathtaking developments - in League Two, bottom-placed Darlington lead at top-of-the-table Rochdale thanks to Mark Convery. Meanwhile Bournemouth in third lead Hereford thanks to top scorer Brett Pitman. In the Championship, Newcastle's free-scoring midfielder Kevin Nolan puts them 1-0 up at Reading."

2028: Shaky defending from Chelsea as they seem to go asleep at a free-kick, allowing Kevin Davies a header in the box. Half a shout for handball from Bolton as Chelsea eventually clear, but nothing serious.

2027: A corner for Chelsea now, taken by Frank Lampard. John Terry goes to meet it with an ambitious-for-a-defender half-volley, and he actually manages to divert the ball further away from goal. Quite an achievement.

Yellow card
2025: Bolton's Gretar Steinsson has the game's first yellow card for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Didier Drogba whips in the free-kick from the right, and Jussi Jaaskelainen is a bit all over the place, the ball rebounding off him and onto Salomon Kalou and then wide. A lucky escape for Bolton.

2022: Looks like Yuri Zhirkov is going to soldier on, wearing the old Terry Butcher bandage with a large tuft of hair poking out of the top.

2020: Nasty head injury here for Yuri Zhirkov. As the left-back leaps to head away Sam Ricketts' cross, Kevin Davies is running in from behind and Zhirkov meets the ball then Davies' head. Plenty of claret, and a large bandage being applied.

Football League Stevo: "League One second promotion berth hopefuls: I am the bearer of news. Dean Bowditch has put the ball in the Millwall net and put all sorts of cats amongst all sorts of pigeons. Leaders Norwich continue to stumble as they go 2-1 down at Leyton Orient now. Meanwhile in League Two, Grimsby's astonishing attempt to fight back from the dead continues as they lead Chesterfield 1-0."

2016: Chung-Yong Lee whips in a cross from the right which Matt Taylor and Petr Cech go for. Cech drops it, and Taylor picks up the rebound but his cross from the byline is cut out by Paulo Ferreira.

From Arsenal fan in Montreal, via text: "Desperate for Chelsea to lose. Oh, and for Wilshere to score a hat-trick. And for Drogba to be suspended for the season somehow. That's reasonable, no?"

2013: Looks like Chelsea left-back Yuri Zhirkov is going to have plenty of joy on the overlap and it's his cross again which Didier Drogba can't control with his head.

Football League Stevo: "Crikey, this Football League drama is simply unrelenting. In League One, Korey Smith smashes in an equaliser for Norwich at Leyton Orient before Charlton take a 1-0 lead at home to Colchester thanks to goal-getting veteran Nicky Forster. At the bottom, lowly Southend fall behind to Brentford and their goal-happy hitman Charlie MacDonald, while the battle of the wannabe play-off-chasers is currently Bristol Rovers 1-0 Southampton."

2009: Terry goes off after treatment and then literally skips back on to the field, still wary of that hurt ankle. Something to keep an eye on...

2008: Worrying moment for Chelsea now as John Terry injures himself in a block tackle on Matthew Taylor's shot. Fabio Capello and Stuart Pearce look on...

2008: Worrying moment for Bolton as Didier Drogba escapes into the box, but scuffs his shot at Jussi Jaaskelainen. Drogba offside, but only just.

Football League Stevo: "Movement. Leeds fire the first warning to their promotion rivals in League One as Luciano Becchio puts them 1-0 up at Carlisle. At the other end of the table Tranmere's survival hopes suffer an early hammer blow as Alex Revell gives Wycombe the lead at a presumably shell-shocked Prenton Park."

2007: Chance now. Swift attack by Chelsea and Frank Lampard steps over Yuri Zhirkov's cutback before Didier Drogba takes a touch and blasts a shot over.

2004: Love that Wilkins/Ranieri chat - if true. Chelsea stroking the ball around confidently at Stamford Bridge, but no chances yet.

From karlos3004 on Twitter: "Re 1951: James Richardson reckons Wilkins and Ranieri are the nicest men in football, but apparently they dislike each other."

2000: Away we go. Lee Probert's your referee tonight. Well, not yours exactly, but you know what I mean.

From randomanomaly on Twitter: "Bolton have had a 10-day rest for this game, they have some good players like Lee/Wilshere, stranger things have happened..."

Football League Stevo: "What a start at Meadow Lane - the promotion party gets up and running early as Lee Hughes puts Notts County ahead, only for Lincoln's Steven Lennon to almost immediately peg them back. In League One, leaders Norwich have fallen behind already to Sean Thornton's goal at Leyton Orient."

1953: Anyway, from your messages, it appears that the straw being clutched by Manchester United fans (see wiredtotrance's message below 1943 entry) also has Arsenal and Bolton supporters hanging off it. Hope it's a thick straw.

1951: Doesn't Ray Wilkins seem like a lovely man?

1949: And on the subject of Anelka/Drogba, Infostrada Sports provide this gem of a stat: "All five of Chelsea's Premier League defeats this season have come when Anelka and Drogba have started the match. They have only scored in the same Premier League match on two occasions this season, and not since their 3-3 home draw against Everton on 12 December."

From CFC_Steve on 606: "No Malouda and Anelka out wide, I don't think it's going to click for Chelsea straight off tonight, Malouda deserves a rest but out wide really isn't Anelka's position."

1943: Here he is! It's tonight's special guest Football League Stevo: "Just one game in the Champo, but it's got stuff riding on it, oh yes. Newcastle could move to within an inch of the title - but they have to beat in-form Reading at Reading, with the Royals having a sneaky eye on the play-offs. Millwall, Leeds and Charlton all have huge games in League One where Norwich can all-but seal the title too. In League Two Rochdale and Notts County could seal promotion, while Darlington's fate may be sealed at the wrong end. More succinct missives in due course."

From wiredtotrance on Twitter: "United fan praying for a Bolton win, am I clutching at straws??"

1940: TEAM NEWS Chelsea v Bolton
Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both start for Chelsea as manager Carlo Ancelotti picks an attacking side to face Bolton. As expected Joe Cole and Deco are rested with Salomon Kalou and Michael Ballack returning to start at Stamford Bridge, but the in-form Florent Malouda must make do with a place on the bench. Ancelotti is still without a host of players though, including Jose Bosingwa, Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho and Ashley Cole. Bolton boss Owen Coyle makes two changes from the side that lost to Aston Villa on 3 April, with Gretar Steinsson and Matt Taylor returning at the expense of Tamir Cohen and Johan Elmander.

1938: I don't ask much but if you're reading this on the web in the UK, please manually refresh the page for all manner of 5 live commentary and Final Score magic. Thank you.

Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "Bullish John Terry in programme: 'We've never won the Double. In my life-time only Liverpool, Man United & Arsenal have. Let's make history.'"

1932: Perhaps you'd like to say some things? You can do so via text on 81111 (if you're in the UK) or +44 7786200666 (if you are unlucky enough not to be living in a country where the sun literally never stops shining), via 606 or via Twitter, where I was at once delighted and bemused to see that Norwich's 30-goal striker Grant Holt was 'trending'* this afternoon - putting even the Conservative manifesto in the shade.
*Ask your kids, old folk

1928: You can see why Fergie reckons tonight's result is a foregone conclusion. Chelsea have won their last four games, scoring 17 goals in the process. Bolton have lost three of their last four games, scoring four goals in the process. Ooh, and 12 league games have come and gone since they last beat Chelsea in December 2003.

1924: TEAMS Chelsea v Bolton
Chelsea: Cech, Paulo Ferreira, Alex, Terry, Zhirkov, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka. Subs: Hilario, Joe Cole, Malouda, Deco, Sturridge, Bruma, Van Aanholt.
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Muamba, Lee, Taylor, Wilshere, Steinsson, Kevin Davies. Subs: Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Cohen, Weiss.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1922: And I think if Carlo has any sense of the English game's history, he will surely oblige. Anyway, onwards... Just 24 days ago, a 1-1 draw with Blackburn left Chelsea four points adrift in the title race. Victory tonight will give them a four-point lead with four games remaining.

1918: That was of course Sir Alex Ferguson's verdict on tonight's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. It can't be only me who's hoping Carlo Ancelotti comes out after this game, sticks on a pair of massive headphones and, while frantically prodding his finger at the camera, rants: "When you do that with footballers like he said about Bolton. And when you do things like that about a man like Kevin Davies... I've kept really quiet, but I'll tell you something, he went down in my estimation when he said that. We have not resorted to that but I'll tell you, you can tell him now, he'll be watching, we're still fighting for the title and he's got to go to Sunderland and get something. I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it."

1915: "To my eyes, Chelsea have an easy game against Bolton on Tuesday. We would expect them to win that and it will put them four points clear."

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13 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 34 55 77
2 Man Utd 34 50 73
3 Arsenal 33 41 71
4 Man City 33 28 62
5 Tottenham 32 26 58
6 Liverpool 34 21 56
7 Aston Villa 32 12 54
8 Everton 33 8 50
9 Birmingham 34 -8 46
10 Stoke 33 -3 43
11 Blackburn 34 -15 43
12 Fulham 33 -2 42
13 Sunderland 34 -8 38
14 Wolves 34 -23 33
15 Bolton 34 -26 32
16 West Ham 34 -16 31
17 Wigan 33 -34 31
18 Burnley 34 -36 27
19 Hull 33 -38 27
20 Portsmouth 33 -32 14

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