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Saturday, 30 November, 2002, 16:53 GMT
Chelsea crush Sunderland
Chelsea players celebrate the victory
Chelsea's three goalscorers enjoy the moment
Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland

Chelsea moved up to third place in the Premiership as Claudio Ranieri's side recorded a well-earned win over Sunderland.

William Gallas fired Chelsea into a second-half lead with a sweetly-struck volley.

International team-mate Marcel Desailly added a second, before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wrapped up proceedings with a deserved goal.

  Key incidents
45 mins: Chelsea's Gudjohsen and Petit brought on at half-time
53 mins: Macho save denies Le Saux
57 mins: Gallas volleys Chelsea ahead
83 mins: Desailly doubles lead
88 mins: Hasselbaink fires home third

West Brom's win over Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns means the Baggies leapfrog Sunderland, who now languish in the bottom three.

The previous four fixtures between these two sides at Stamford Bridge had produced 22 goals, with Chelsea winning 4-0 last season.


We're back in the bottom three but the performance can be a crutch for us to lean on
Sunderland boss Howard Wilkinson

But Sunderland attempted to frustrate their hosts by putting nine men behind the ball at all times.

Gianfranco Zola signalled Chelsea's attacking intent immediately, picking out Hasselbaink, who could only find the side netting.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard battles with Sunderland's Gavin McCann
Lampard laboured tirelessly for Chelsea
Phil Babb and Joachim Bjorkland both made fine goalline clearances to maintain parity, but Chelsea were in the ascendancy and Mario Melchiot forced a good save from Jurgen Macho just before half-time.

However, there was little that Macho could do when Chelsea's opener arrived in the 57th minute.

Le Saux, who had seen a goalbound strike brilliantly tipped over moments earlier, whipped an inviting cross into the Sunderland area.


Good managers are made by good players and we have plenty of those
Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri

The onrushing and unchecked Gallas was first to the ball and unleashed a powerful right-foot volley that left Macho clutching at thin air.

Desailly, who missed a glorious chance from three yards out, redeemed himself late on, getting on the end of another Le Saux cross to seal the win.

Not to be upstaged, Hasselbaink finally got the break his display merited, dropping his shoulder and turning to strike home Chelsea's third.


Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Desailly, Le Saux, De Lucas (Gudjohnsen 45), Morris (Petit 45), Lampard, Gronkjaer (Stanic 81), Hasselbaink, Zola.
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Terry.

Sunderland: Macho, Wright, Bjorklund (Bellion 62), Babb, Gray, Craddock, Thirlwell, McCann, Kilbane (McCartney 71), Flo, Phillips.
Subs Not Used: Poom, Williams, Stewart.

Booked: Thirlwell, McCann, Kilbane.

Attendance: 38,946.

Referee: S Bennett (Kent).

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