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Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 22:41 GMT
Chelsea thrash Spurs
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a hat-trick
Hasselbaink ran rings around Tottenham
Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham
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Chelsea handed Tottenham their fourth defeat in five meetings and their second 4-0 trouncing in four days courtesy of a five-star display from striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The Dutchman scored a hat-trick, with his head and both feet, to take his season's tally to 27 goals.

"It's important we have the mentality to try and get into fourth place.
Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri

The win also consigned Spurs' 5-1 Worthington Cup victory over Chelsea to memory.

Chelsea are now just five points behind fourth-placed Newcastle, with Spurs a further 12 points adrift.

The bad temper that marred Chelsea's triumph in the FA Cup continued, with Mauricio Taricco, who was fouled for Graeme Le Saux's red card at White Hart Lane, chopping down the full-back to earn his own dismissal.

Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle decided to bolster his team with battlers in Ben Thatcher and Taricco, but the ensuing display did little to show any fight.

Tottenham enjoyed some early possession but Marcel Desailly was a rock at the back for Chelsea and sparked several counter attacks.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard scored the fourth
Lampard scored the fourth

Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen squandered the first two chances but as Dean Richards back-pedalled, the Dutchman let loose from 25 yards for the opener.

Richards gave Hasselbaink another opportunity soon after and earned himself an early bath at half-time when he was brought off.

Soon after the break Taricco received his marching orders, sparking a small melee.

We have to lift ourselves and show character
Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle

And ten minutes later Chelsea went 2-0 up when Hasselbaink headed home from Jesper Gronkjaer's cross.

With 10 minutes left Hasselbaink produced a left-foot curler to round off his hat-trick.

And to complete the customary scoreline, Frank Lampard struck the fourth from close range on the final whistle.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Desailly, Babayaro, Gronkjaer (Stanic 78), Petit, Lampard, Le Saux, Hasselbaink (Forssell 83), Gudjohnsen (Zola 73). Subs Not Used: de Goey, Dalla Bona.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Taricco, Thatcher (Gardner 67), King, Richards (Perry 45), Ziege, Davies, Poyet, Sherwood, Sheringham, Ferdinand (Rebrov 82). Subs Not Used: Keller, Etherington.

Sent Off: Taricco (60).

Booked: Sherwood, Thatcher, Perry.

Attendance: 39,652.

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood).

BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton
"Tottenham were torn apart by Chelsea"
Chelsea's Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
"We have to win week in, week out"
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri
"I'm very happy with my players"
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