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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 October, 2004, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Chelsea 4-0 Blackburn

Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen scored a 14-minute hat-trick as his side coasted past a lacklustre Blackburn.

Gudjohnsen found the target for the first time in the 37th minute after a delightful chip from Joe Cole.

He clinched his second two minutes later with a more potent half-volley before converting a second-half penalty to make it three.

Damien Duff completed the rout late on as he rifled a low drive past the luckless Brad Friedel.

Chelsea dominated territory and possession the entire first half, but struggled to find a way through as Blackburn's players camped themselves deep in their own half.

Despite a flurry of corners and sniping runs up both flanks from Duff and Glen Johnson, who enjoyed a superb afternoon, Chelsea failed to latch onto the final crosses.

The best chances fell to Lampard in the space of a minute, but the England midfielder failed to get enough power on either shot.

Lampard's blushes were saved, though, moments later as Gudjohnsen scored Chelsea's ninth and 10th Premiership goals of the season in the space of two minutes.

The Icelandic striker's shots came from almost exactly the same spot, both courtesy of delightful crosses.

First Cole's chip enabled Gudjohnsen to steer the ball from the right-hand side of the box into Rovers' goal. And moments later he found the net with greater force, chesting down Lampard's cross before half-volleying it past Friedel.

It took Gudjohnsen just six minutes into the second half for his hat-trick, converting a penalty after Short's illegal challenge.

With the game killed off, Chelsea merely toyed with Blackburn casually passing between themselves unchallenged.

Rovers boss Mark Hughes tried to overhaul his team's fortunes by introducing Jon Stead and Jay Boothroyd but to no avail.

Mourinho, who had given Scott Parker his first Premiership start of the season, also handed Arjen Robben his debut, the Dutchman coming on with 20 minutes left on the clock.

He almost opened his account straight away but his shot flashed across the Blackburn goal to go out for a corner.

Chelsea, though, did find a fourth when Duff drove his low shot from outside the box, past the hands of a diving Friedel.

Then Mateja Kezman came within a whisker of making it five and opening his Stamford Bridge account, but hit the crossbar with an open goal in front of him.


Chelsea: Cech, Johnson, Ricardo Carvalho, Terry, Bridge, Smertin (Tiago 65), Parker, Lampard, Cole (Robben 63), Duff, Gudjohnsen (Kezman 72).
Subs Not Used: Gallas, Cudicini.

Booked: Parker.

Goals: Gudjohnsen 37, 38, 51 pen, Duff 74.

Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Short, Matteo, Gray (Johansson 84), Reid, Ferguson, Flitcroft, Emerton, Djorkaeff (Stead 53), Dickov (Bothroyd 53). Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Pedersen.

Booked: Flitcroft, Neill.

Att: 41,546.

Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).




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