Chelsea's players celebrate their third goal at Bolton
By Jonathan Stevenson
Chelsea cemented their place at the top of the Premier League with a second four-goal thumping of Bolton in a week.
The Blues created a glut of chances but had to wait until the 45th minute for Frank Lampard to score from the spot after Didier Drogba was brought down.
Jlloyd Samuel was sent off for the professional foul and Chelsea doubled their lead when Deco curled home.
Lampard hit the bar before Zat Knight bundled into his own net and Drogba rolled in a well-worked fourth.
Bolton will be sick of the sight of the team from west London after the Blues dumped them out of the Carling Cup on Wednesday with a similar drubbing at Stamford Bridge.
Team is very happy - Ancelotti
Between the two sides there were 13 changes on show at the Reebok Stadium, but though the cast was different, the action was all too familiar as Chelsea dominated proceedings from start until finish.
Joe Cole found himself back on the bench despite a stunning recent return to the side after a long-term injury, but even without him Chelsea's midfield quartet of Deco, Lampard, Michael Essien and Michael Ballack had far too much quality for Bolton.
After Johan Elmander had headed an early chance over for the hosts they found themselves under almost constant pressure as Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side laid siege to their goal.
Having won their last four matches 4-0, 5-0, 4-0 and 4-0, Chelsea looked full of goals and they created four chances in the space of a minute as Drogba headed wide, Jussi Jaaskelainen saved expertly from Nicolas Anelka and Drogba and then Essien rifled just over from 16 yards.
Gary Cahill's slip to let in Drogba then seemed certain to lead to the first goal, until the wonderful Jaaskelainen brilliantly stuck out his left leg to prevent the Ivorian's shot from creeping in.
It seemed a matter of time, but still Bolton bravely hung on. Branislav Ivanovic's superb left-foot volley was ruled out as Ballack was standing in an offside position and then Anelka forced another save from Jaaskelainen at his near post.
Bolton's best route to goal was through the target-man play of Kevin Davies, and twice in quick succession he flicked on for Elmander, the Swede's first shot fizzing inches over and his second instinctively deflected wide by the canny Ricardo Carvalho.
Drogba goes down under the challenge from Samuel
Just as it seemed Gary Megson's men had survived until half-time, the breakthrough finally came - and the cost to Bolton was even greater than going 1-0 behind.
Ballack's precision through ball sent Drogba away and in trying to make the challenge Samuel, who was the wrong side of Drogba, could only bring the striker down. He was shown a straight red card by referee Peter Walton and Lampard stepped up to coolly slot the penalty past Jaaskelainen.
The England midfielder clearly likes playing at the Reebok - it was there in April 2005 that he scored twice to earn Chelsea their first championship for 50 years in a 2-0 win.
The second half suddenly became an exercise in damage limitation for Bolton, but Chelsea's appetite for goals is insatiable at present and they poured forward against the flagging 10 men with relentless gusto.
Lampard praises Chelsea teamwork
Jaaskelainen twice saved brilliantly from Drogba, before Ancelotti's men doubled their lead with a lightning-quick counter-attack as Anelka fed Deco and he twisted inside a defender before slotting into the corner.
Lampard was not finished yet as he left the Bolton crossbar shaking with a vicious 22-yarder that Jaaskelainen did not see, before Carvalho's centre from the left flew in off Knight under pressure from Ivanovic to make it 3-0.
Even accounting for the sending off, the gulf between the teams was stark and as if to underline this Chelsea scored a quite sumptuous goal in the final minute, as Deco chested on to Lampard and his backheel was slotted in by Drogba.
It was imperious stuff and on this evidence Chelsea look primed for a real tilt at winning their third Premier League title.
Bolton boss Gary Megson:
Megson happy with Bolton effort
"I feel the complete opposite of how I did in midweek. We had a real go - we weren't on top at any stage, but we weren't as flimsy as we were at Stamford Bridge.
"We had some chances, and for 43, 44 minutes we competed all over the pitch.
"Their first goal was a poor one to concede, though Didier Drogba has done well to engineer the penalty."
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti: "Our results have been good, but we know it's not possible to win every game 4-0.
"It's dangerous to think like that, it can't happen. We must keep our concentration and try to play well for 90 minutes, that's all that matters.
"Right now we're doing very well, we're top and we want to win every game."
90:00+3:11 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+2:22 Shot from just outside the area by Johan Elmander goes over the bar.
90:00+0:14 Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
90:00+0:14 GOAL - Didier Drogba:Bolton 0 - 4 Chelsea Didier Drogba fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 0-4 Chelsea.
88:29 Mark Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
87:06 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
86:49 Ricardo Gardner sends in a cross, Petr Cech makes a save.
86:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Frank Lampard. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
85:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
83:37 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ricardo Gardner from the left by-line, Kevin Davies has a header from inside the six-yard
box and clears the crossbar.
82:20 GOAL - Zat Knight:Bolton 0 - 3 Chelsea Zat Knight puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Bolton 0-3 Chelsea.
Correction - 81:20 GOAL - Zat Knight:Bolton 0 - 3 Chelsea Zat Knight puts the ball into his own net. Bolton 0-3 Chelsea.
81:20 Assist on the goal came from Ricardo Carvalho.
Correction - 80:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Tamir Cohen. A cross is delivered by Deco, Shot by Michael Ballack
from 12 yards. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Michael Essien takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Ricardo Carvalho delivers
80:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Tamir Cohen. The ball is crossed by Deco, volleyed left-footed
shot by Michael Ballack. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill. Ricardo Carvalho
produces a cross.
79:16 Ricardo Gardner restarts play with the free kick. Mark Davies takes a shot. Ricardo Carvalho gets a block in.
79:16 Booking Paulo Ferreira shown a yellow card.
78:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Ferreira on Samuel Ricketts.
76:32 Shot from just outside the box by Tamir Cohen goes over the target.
76:01 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
75:42 Shot by Ricardo Gardner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
74:33 Corner taken left-footed by Ricardo Gardner from the left by-line, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
71:40 Corner taken by Deco, Kevin Davies manages to make a clearance.
71:08 Corner taken by Frank Lampard.
71:00 Didier Drogba produces a cross, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
69:05 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
68:38 Corner taken short by Mark Davies.
67:13 Michael Essien produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
65:53 Corner from the right by-line taken by Deco, Ricardo Carvalho takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
64:59 Substitution Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Davies.
60:04 Assist by Nicolas Anelka.
60:04 GOAL - Deco:Bolton 0 - 2 Chelsea Deco gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 0-2 Chelsea.
59:27 Outswinging corner taken by Ricardo Gardner from the left by-line.
58:30 John Terry concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Direct free kick taken by Tamir Cohen.
57:59 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
57:10 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Deco, Frank Lampard takes a shot.
56:25 Didier Drogba takes the free kick.
56:25 Booking Paul Robinson receives a caution.
56:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Paul Robinson.
55:46 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
54:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Johan Elmander. Ricardo Carvalho takes the direct free kick.
53:47 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen gets a block in.
51:20 Deco produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
47:27 John Terry challenges Ricardo Gardner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tamir Cohen produces a strike on goal direct from
the free kick.
46:54 Shot from 12 yards by Didier Drogba. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
45:48 Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. Ricardo Carvalho takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:01 Substitution Paul Robinson on for Chris Basham.
45:01 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee goes off and Ricardo Gardner comes on.
45:00+6:41 It is the end of the first-half.
Correction - 45:00+1:19 Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
45:00+1:19 The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
45:00+1:19 GOAL - Frank Lampard:Bolton 0 - 1 Chelsea Penalty taken right-footed by Frank Lampard and scored. Bolton 0-1 Chelsea.
Correction - 45:00+0:48 Sent off The referee red cards Jlloyd Samuel for professional foul.
45:00+0:48 Sent off Jlloyd Samuel sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.
Correction - 45:00+0:18 Foul by Jlloyd Samuel on Didier Drogba, Penalty awarded.
45:00+0:18 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Fabrice Muamba.
43:06 Johan Elmander takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Chung-Yong Lee takes a corner.
42:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Branislav Ivanovic. Jlloyd Samuel takes the direct free kick.
41:24 Effort on goal by Johan Elmander from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
40:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post.
39:53 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts. Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
38:46 Effort on goal by Gary Cahill from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
37:57 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
36:57 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
35:49 Didier Drogba produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
33:16 Shot from just outside the area by Michael Ballack goes over the bar.
31:06 Kevin Davies produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
30:19 Michael Ballack is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
28:13 Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
25:18 Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Blocked by Jlloyd Samuel. Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Close range header by
Ricardo Carvalho goes over the crossbar.
23:47 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Deco. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
23:05 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
22:20 Nicolas Anelka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts. Free kick crossed by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance
made by Michael Essien.
21:05 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
19:23 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
18:55 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
13:59 Corner taken right-footed by Deco, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Corner taken by Frank Lampard
from the left by-line, Shot by Michael Essien from just outside the area goes over the net.
13:48 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
13:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Paulo Ferreira. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
12:40 Header from close in by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the target.
11:15 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
9:55 Corner taken right-footed by Deco, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Basham.
2:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Basham on Michael Essien. Paulo Ferreira takes the free kick.
0:24 Michael Ballack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tamir Cohen. Cross/shot by Chung-Yong Lee.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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