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Petr Cech Cech found himself in the wars as he frustrated Yakubu

Frank Lampard's sixth league goal of the season secured Chelsea victory as Blackburn's troubles continued.

Andre Villas-Boas's side had lost their previous two league matches - but Lampard headed in Branislav Ivanovic's clever cross.

Blackburn fans hired a plane to fly over Ewood Park with a banner calling for manager Steve Kean's dismissal.

And the pressure increased on Kean after misses by Yakubu and Grant Hanley, while Gael Givet hit the bar.

Kean hails Blackburn's attitude

Blackburn only had themselves to blame for failing to secure at least a point against a Chelsea side which struggled to get going until the second half.

John Terry returned to the starting line-up after being rested for the Champions League draw against Genk.

But his presence failed to inspire his team-mates who were lacklustre against a team without a win in their previous five league games.

Chelsea's cause was not helped by a seven-minute hold up to allow keeper Petr Cech to receive treatment after colliding with Ashley Cole and Yakubu while stopping the Blackburn striker from scoring.

A flowing move involving Junior Hoilett and Mauro Formica presented Yakubu with a golden chance from close range inside the opening quarter of an hour.

But the former Everton man fired wide, Cech receiving lengthy treatment for a bloodied nose before going on to play a key role in his side's victory.

FAST FACT

This was Chelsea's first clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening day of the season

Chances were few and far between and Chelsea struggled to mask their frustration.

Daniel Sturridge was fortunate to escape a booking after appearing to dive following a challenge with Chris Samba, the Chelsea striker infuriating Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson by appealing for a spot-kick.

Blackburn, who have now taken just two points from the last 18 available, were not helped by the loss of captain Samba due to a suspected hamstring injury at the end of the first half.

Villas-Boas happy with Chelsea win

Rovers fans were banned from displaying banners inside the ground calling for Kean's removal.

However, they got around the ban by hiring a plane to fly over the ground with a message demanding his dismissal.

The mood inside Ewood was not helped when Lampard pounced in the 51st minute with what proved to be the winner.

A delightful cross by Ivanovic found the unmarked England midfielder on the edge of the six-yard area, Lampard nodding past Robinson to stretch Blackburn's run of games without clean sheets in the league to 14.

FAST FACT

Blackburn are the only club along with Norwich that have not yet kept a clean sheet

Still Blackburn had a chance to salvage a point, Cech spilling a free-kick by Morten Gamst Pedersen into the path of substitute Hanley before the Chelsea keeper redeemed himself with a fine save to deny the teenager.

In a dramatic finale, Givet was denied an equaliser by the woodwork before Fernando Torres fired wastefully over for the visitors from close range.

Angry Rovers fans called for the Blackburn manager's head after the final whistle with one banner stating "Taxi For Kean".

Blackburn manager Steve Kean:

"We're not far from going on a really good run. We created a lot of good chances and but had a lot of bad luck.

"For vast spells in the game we played very well and we're very disappointed not to get anything.

"Yak [Yakibu] maybe should have done slightly better, but I can't fault him because he's getting into goalscoring positions.

"We're convinced with the run of games coming up that we will put lots of points on the board."

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas:

"It's been a really tough week for us so we wanted to get back to winning ways and that's what we've done.

"What can I say about Petr? He hung on bravely with a broken nose. He's very injury prone in football and all sorts of things have happened to him.

"We have come to a difficult place and got the points we wanted. Hopefully we can build on this."

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 0-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Lampard 51

    Blackburn

    Substitutes

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeanAtt: 21,985
    BLACKBURN
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Blackburn 40%
    • Chelsea 60%

    Attempts on target

    • Blackburn 8
    • Chelsea 8

    Attempts off target

    • Blackburn 5
    • Chelsea 4

    Corners

    • Blackburn 5
    • Chelsea 8

    Fouls

    • Blackburn 12
    • Chelsea 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:14 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+2:27 Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Free kick crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 90:00+1:51 Substitution Ramires goes off and Oriol Romeu comes on.
    • Correction - 90:00+1:39 Shot by Fernando Torres from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 90:00+1:39 Fernando Torres produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 90:00+0:25 Unfair challenge on Martin Olsson by Raul Meireles results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 89:02 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 88:44 Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 88:44 Booking Raul Meireles receives a yellow card.
    • 88:22 Foul by Raul Meireles on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded.
    • 86:11 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Grant Hanley takes a shot. Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by David Hoilett. A cross is delivered by Ramires.
    • 85:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by David Hoilett. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:35 Handball decision goes against Ashley Cole. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:40 Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 81:40 Substitution Raul Meireles replaces Juan Mata.
    • 81:40 Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Ramires, free kick awarded.
    • 79:49 Daniel Sturridge fouled by Mauro Formica, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:51 Free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 78:51 Booking Morten Gamst Pedersen receives a caution.
    • 78:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Daniel Sturridge.
    • 78:01 Centre by David Dunn, clearance by Ashley Cole.
    • 76:44 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Petr Cech.
    • 75:56 Booking Gael Givet receives a yellow card.
    • 75:50 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Frank Lampard.
    • 75:50 Booking Booking for Daniel Sturridge.
    • 75:07 Foul by Alex on David Dunn, free kick awarded.
    • 72:33 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.
    • 71:34 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the free kick.
    • 71:34 Substitution David Dunn on for Ruben Rochina.
    • 71:34 Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Givet.
    • 70:44 Mauro Formica takes a shot. Ramires manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:22 Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
    • 70:03 Alex takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet.
    • 69:07 Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:07 Booking Grant Hanley goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 68:46 Fernando Torres fouled by Grant Hanley, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 68:37 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:51 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 64:39 David Hoilett takes a shot. Blocked by Alex.
    • 63:58 Unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Ramires results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:12 The offside flag is raised against Juan Mata. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 59:27 Mauro Formica takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 59:27 Mauro Formica takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 58:32 Ramires takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
    • 58:01 Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 57:43 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
    • 56:35 Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet. Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Ruben Rochina makes a clearance.
    • 56:17 Grant Hanley takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 55:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Morten Gamst Pedersen has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Petr Cech.
    • 54:10 Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:10 Booking Jason Lowe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 54:02 The referee gives a free kick against Jason Lowe for handball.
    • 53:27 A cross is delivered by David Hoilett, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 52:23 Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 51:47 The referee blows for offside against Juan Mata. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 50:17 Assist on the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 50:17 GOAL - Frank LampardBlackburn 0 - 1 Chelsea Frank Lampard scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 48:48 Mauro Formica delivers the ball, clearance by Mikel.
    • 46:52 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel from the left by-line to the near post, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Fernando Torres is brought on as a substitute for Florent Malouda.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+8:31 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00+7:53 Ramires takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 45:00+6:12 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, save by Petr Cech.
    • 45:00+5:29 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+4:53 The ball is delivered by Juan Mata.
    • 45:00+4:25 The ball is crossed by David Hoilett, Mikel makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:43 The ball is delivered by Martin Olsson, clearance made by Alex.
    • 45:00+0:32 Substitution Grant Hanley comes on in place of Christopher Samba.
    • 43:30 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 38:47 Foul by Gael Givet on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alex.
    • 36:14 The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 35:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Rochina on Ashley Cole. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 34:08 Ruben Rochina takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 33:36 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:01 David Hoilett is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex.
    • 32:39 Frank Lampard challenges Ayegbeni Yakubu unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 30:51 Christopher Samba is caught offside. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:15 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 27:53 Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 27:38 Ayegbeni Yakubu is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Alex.
    • 26:37 John Terry fouled by Mauro Formica, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 26:04 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Gael Givet makes a clearance.
    • 25:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.
    • 23:28 The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge.
    • 22:32 The ball is swung over by Juan Mata, clearance by Christopher Samba.
    • 21:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard.
    • 18:44 Ruben Rochina has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 17:58 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, save by Petr Cech.
    • 17:01 David Hoilett fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:30 Ayegbeni Yakubu has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 6:41 Shot from outside the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide right of the goal.
    • 5:45 Foul by Mauro Formica on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 5:17 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Gael Givet.
    • 4:22 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Morten Gamst Pedersen results in a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
    • 3:47 The referee blows for offside. John Terry takes the free kick.
    • 3:05 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:42 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Paul Robinson.
    • 1:08 Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, save by Paul Robinson.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 5 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man City 11 29 31
    2 Man Utd 11 16 26
    3 Newcastle 11 9 25
    4 Chelsea 11 9 22
    5 Tottenham 9 4 19
    6 Liverpool 11 4 19
    7 Arsenal 11 2 19
    8 Aston Villa 11 1 15
    9 Norwich 11 -2 13
    10 Swansea 11 -3 13
    11 Stoke 10 -6 12
    12 QPR 11 -10 12
    13 West Brom 11 -7 11
    14 Sunderland 11 1 10
    15 Fulham 10 1 10
    16 Everton 10 -4 10
    17 Wolves 10 -8 8
    18 Blackburn 11 -11 6
    19 Bolton 10 -14 6
    20 Wigan 10 -11 5

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