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Saturday, 6 April, 2002, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Hasselbaink sees off Everton
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink lobs the ball over Everton goalkeeper Steve Simonsen for his first goal
Hasselbaink lobbed Steve Simonsen for his opener
Chelsea 3-0 Everton
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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ended his drought with a double and Gianfranco Zola grabbed a last-gasp goal as Chelsea moved back into the Champions League placings.

Dutch international Hasselbaink - nominated this week for the PFA player of the year title - had not been on target in his previous four outings.

But he ended that barren spell with a 26th minute strike and then added another just before the half-time whistle.

After not scoring for four games it was easy to see Hasselbaink score and both his goals were great goals
Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri
Zola then popped up with a strike seconds before the final whistle.

Those goals moved Claudio Ranieri's men into fourth place - at least until Newcastle meet Fulham on Monday.

Everton, meanwhile, never looked like adding to the impressive string of results they have produced since manager David Moyes arrived.

Mario Malchiot and Emmanuel Petit congratulate Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink after his opening goal
Hasselbaink was back in form after a drought

Chelsea, looking to erase the memory of a poor goalless draw at Ipswich, should have been in front inside five minutes when Mario Stanic headed inches wide from Hasselbaink's cross.

Soon after Everton's Peter Clarke - recalled in place of the injured Alan Stubbs - was required to deny Hasselbaink after goalkeeper Steve Simonsen flapped at Graeme Le Saux's corner.

Hasselbaink and Boudewijn Zenden, introduced as a substitute for the injured John Terry, came close before Everton threatened for the first time through Thomas Gravesen, whose shot was saved by Carlo Cudicini.

That miss proved expensive as, in the 26th minute, Chelsea made the breakthrough through Hasselbaink.

We came here to win because that is what I want and I hope everyone saw an Everton team trying to win matches
Everton manager David Moyes
The Holland star received a fortunate rebound off Clarke then skipped past David Weir and floated a delicate chip over Simonsen from 25 yards.

That at least spurred Everton into action and they came close to an equaliser after 41 minutes as Cudicini saved Niclas Alexandersson's fierce drive. Duncan Ferguson put the rebound over from close range.

  Key moments
26 mins: Hasselbaink opens the scoring
44 mins: Hasselbaink grabs his second
90 mins: Zola grabs a third for Chelsea

Moments later Everton's wastefulness was punished again as Hasselbaink converted his 23rd Premiership goal of the season.

Zenden played the ball to him from a free-kick 25 yards out and Hasselbaink blasted a swerving low shot into the bottom corner.

For much of the second period Chelsea were content to defend - except for when fit-again Emmanuel Petit fired a free-kick just over the bar.

Alessandro Pistone almost made the Londoners pay for failing to finish the game off when Cudicini saved his effort.

Ranieri gave a debut to 18-year-old prodigy Carlton Cole, the scorer of 37 goals this season for the reserves, but it was a player at the other end of his career who grabbed Chelsea's third.

Zola beat goalkeeper Simonsen to confirm a miserable day in the capital for Everton - and remind Moyes that his battle to save the Goodison Park side from relegation is still not over.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Desailly, Terry, Le Saux, Stanic, Petit, Zola, Lampard, Gudjohnsen, Hasselbaink. Subs: de Goey, Jokanovic, Zenden, Dalla Bona, Cole.

Everton: Simonsen, Watson, Weir, Clarke, Pistone, Alexandersson, Gravesen, Gemmill, Blomqvist, Ferguson, Radzinski. Subs: Gerrard, Moore, Cleland, Linderoth, Chadwick.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

BBC Sport's Bob Ballard
"Vintage passing from Chelsea"
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