Ashley Cole celebrates after putting Chelsea ahead
By Chris Bevan
Chelsea thumped London rivals Tottenham to move back to the top of the Premier League and continue their 100% winning start to the season.
Jose Bosingwa hit the woodwork for Chelsea before Ashley Cole headed home Didier Drogba's cross at the far post.
Spurs had chances too, and felt they should have had a penalty when Ricardo Carvalho clipped Robbie Keane.
Three minutes later, Michael Ballack bundled home Chelsea's second goal and Drogba ran clear to wrap up their win.
Manchester United had briefly leapfrogged the Blues at the top of the table following their thrilling win over neighbours Manchester City earlier in the day.
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This derby encounter was nowhere near as eventful but underlined how much of a force Chelsea will be under new boss Carlo Ancelotti this season.
Tottenham, who only suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of United last weekend, demonstrated why they are also flying high at the top of the table by taking the game to their hosts in the early stages.
Indeed, after Bosingwa had smacked a powerful drive against the angle of post and bar from the corner of the area, it was the visitors who looked more likely to open the scoring.
Jermain Defoe should have done far better when he latched on to a ball over the top by Wilson Palacios but could only scuff his shot straight at Petr Cech.
Tom Huddlestone also tested the home keeper with a low drive, before Jermaine Jenas fired inches wide from the edge of the area after Nicolas Anelka lost possession.
But Chelsea, who have not lost at home to Spurs since 1990, gradually imposed themselves on the game - and having already gone close through a Frank Lampard header - Cole put them in front on 32 minutes.
The impressive Drogba found space on the right and whipped in a teasing cross that Cole met with a diving header.
Tottenham suffered another blow at the start of the second half when Ledley King had to come off after suffering a hamstring injury as he tried to turn and chase Drogba.
The visitors were then left bemused by referee Howard Webb's failure to award them a spot-kick when Carvalho's diving challenge sent Keane, who was bearing down on goal, tumbling.
Keane was incredulous, chasing Webb and asking why he had not booked him for diving if no contact had been made.
Tottenham's sense of injustice was increased when Chelsea scored their second goal with their next attack.
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Drogba's snap-shot was well saved by Carlo Cudicini but Lampard reached the rebound and turned the ball back across goal for Ballack to turn it in.
Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Drogba chased a long ball and Vedran Corluka's attempt to tackle him only succeeded in diverting the ball past Cudicini, giving the Ivorian an easy tap-in.
There was no way back from there for Spurs and it took an instinctive save by Cudicini to stop John Mikel Obi from adding a fourth.
Only a late calf injury to Drogba took the shine off Chelsea's day as they notched up a club-record 11th straight Premier League win and, given the role he played in his side's victory, Ancelotti will hope it does not prove to be serious.
Spurs will also be concerned over Cameroon defender Sebastien Bassong, who was stretchered off after falling awkwardly and was later taken to hospital with a head injury.
90:00+8:55 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
90:00+8:12 Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Jermaine Jenas.
90:00+7:51 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard.
90:00+7:34 Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
90:00+6:33 Frank Lampard has a lobbed shot. Save made by Carlo Cudicini.
90:00+5:45 The offside flag is raised against Peter Crouch. Ricardo Carvalho restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+4:07 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
90:00+3:24 Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
90:00+3:24 Booking Jermaine Jenas shown a yellow card.
90:00+2:58 Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien.
90:00+2:22 Niko Kranjcar produces a cross, Shot from 18 yards by Peter Crouch.
90:00+0:50 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard has a direct shot on goal
from the free kick.
89:32 A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, save by Petr Cech.
88:41 Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
88:41 Substitution Fabio Borini comes on in place of Nicolas Anelka.
88:41 Robbie Keane fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick.
87:59 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
Correction - 87:31 Shot from close range by Salomon Kalou strikes the post.
87:31 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
86:24 Centre by Salomon Kalou, blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, Jermaine Jenas manages
to make a clearance.
85:21 Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Ashley Cole.
84:17 Substitution Salomon Kalou on for Didier Drogba.
82:15 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
81:32 Substitution Sebastien Bassong leaves the field to be replaced by Niko Kranjcar.
74:20 Shot from just outside the box by Mikel misses to the right of the target.
74:08 Short corner taken by Florent Malouda.
73:58 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
73:07 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, Mikel produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Carlo Cudicini. Inswinging
corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard played to the near post, Wilson Palacios manages to make a clearance.
70:14 Effort on goal by Peter Crouch from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
69:44 Tom Huddlestone challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
68:42 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
67:51 The ball is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Shot from deep inside the area by Wilson Palacios clears the crossbar.
65:40 Substitution Jermain Defoe leaves the field to be replaced by Peter Crouch.
65:40 Frank Lampard shoots direct from the free kick. Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, Header from deep inside the area
by Nicolas Anelka goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
65:40 Booking Sebastien Bassong booked.
64:46 Sebastien Bassong challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick.
64:23 Aaron Lennon fouled by Ricardo Carvalho, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
62:41 GOAL - Didier Drogba:Chelsea 3 - 0 Tottenham Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham.
61:33 Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
61:33 Substitution Michael Ballack leaves the field to be replaced by Mikel.
61:33 Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded.
61:04 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
60:51 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.
60:12 Jose Bosingwa challenges Aaron Lennon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Lennon takes the direct free kick.
59:30 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.
57:31 Assist by Frank Lampard.
57:31 GOAL - Michael Ballack:Chelsea 2 - 0 Tottenham A goal is scored by Michael Ballack from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham.
57:11 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
56:34 Alan Hutton sends in a cross, Jose Bosingwa makes a clearance.
55:38 A cross is delivered by Alan Hutton, clearance by Ricardo Carvalho. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone,
Vedran Corluka takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
52:54 Shot from just outside the box by Michael Ballack goes over the bar.
50:27 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilson Palacios. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free
49:30 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
49:12 Didier Drogba sends in a cross.
47:27 Substitution Alan Hutton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ledley King.
46:39 Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
45:01 The second half has started.
45:00+1:13 The referee calls an end to the first half.
45:00+0:24 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
44:10 Tom Huddlestone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Ballack. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from
the free kick.
42:28 Jermaine Jenas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
40:33 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
38:32 Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Jermain Defoe results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes
in from Frank Lampard.
37:49 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Ledley King.
37:07 Jermain Defoe concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Ashley Cole takes the direct free kick.
31:44 The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
31:44 GOAL - Ashley Cole:Chelsea 1 - 0 Tottenham Ashley Cole finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham.
31:44 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba,
30:57 Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross.
30:39 The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda.
29:17 A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
27:06 The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
25:53 Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
24:17 Wilson Palacios takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Carvalho.
21:52 The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the
right of the target.
20:42 The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, Ledley King makes a clearance.
20:05 Wilson Palacios takes a shot.
18:39 The official flags Jose Bosingwa offside. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
18:10 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, clearance made by John Terry.
17:19 Corner taken by Florent Malouda, Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
16:31 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
15:34 The referee penalises Michael Ballack for handball. Sebastien Bassong takes the direct free kick.
15:01 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
14:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Jermain Defoe. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
13:59 Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.
12:48 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone played to the near
post, save made by Petr Cech.
12:09 Didier Drogba challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
11:58 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, clearance made by Ricardo Carvalho.
10:56 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save. Tom Huddlestone takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by John Terry.
10:46 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda.
7:22 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot.
6:42 Tom Huddlestone challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
5:04 Aaron Lennon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
4:29 The offside flag is raised against Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
3:09 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard.
2:59 Jose Bosingwa delivers the ball, Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
0:00 The game begins.
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