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Chelsea   4 - 1   West Ham

Goalscorers Alex (centre) and Drogba (right) celebrate
Headed goals from Alex (centre) and Drogba (right) punished West Ham

By Marc Vesty

Dominant Chelsea thrashed relegation-threatened West Ham to return to the Premier League summit.

Florent Malouda crossed for Alex to open the scoring for Chelsea with a powerful header from six yards.

The Hammers hit back through Scott Parker who scored with a vicious half-volley from outside the area.

But Didier Drogba headed home a Malouda cross to regain the lead, before Malouda coolly slotted a third and Drogba tapped in a late fourth.

From the start, West Ham defended deep against title-chasing Chelsea - perhaps unsurprisingly considering they started the day only three points outside of the bottom three, yet it was the Hammers who had the first chance to take the lead.

606: DEBATE
Super Frankie Lampard

Jonathan Spector outmuscled Paulo Ferreira on the byeline and the loose ball fell to Mido who squared to Ilan, unmarked on the edge of the six yard box, but the Brazilian hammered his effort over the bar.

Chelsea might have seen their formidable Stamford Bridge record dented by a loss to Manchester City in their previous league match, but they were in no mood for a second setback and took the lead just two minutes after Ilan's miss.

Malouda, in space on the left, produced an inch-perfect cross which defender Alex powered past Robert Green to open the scoring.

Carlo Ancelotti's side almost made it 2-0 moments later courtesy of another cross from the lively Malouda, but the ball clipped the bar after taking a deflection off Matthew Upson's thigh.

Ancelotti praises 'improving' Chelsea

But if Chelsea thought the game would go all their way they were mistaken as Gianfranco Zola's well organised side harried and their tenacity was rewarded when Parker struck in spectacular style.

Kieron Dyer's throw in, which television replays suggested was a foul throw, was flicked on by Jon Mikel Obi and bounced kindly for Parker.

The former Chelsea man, who left Stamford Bridge for Newcastle in 2005, took one touch before launching a looping right-footed half-volley beyond Turnbull and into the top right corner - for the midfielder's first goal of the season.

That was to be as good as it got for West Ham who, despite no lack of effort, were overpowered by Chelsea.

The main source of danger for the home side was France winger Malouda, who continued to torment Spector, but Chelsea's second goal owed more to a piece of John Terry-inspired attacking play.

Second Chelsea goal was cruicial - Zola

The former England skipper dribbled the ball into West Ham's half before finding Drogba who slipped the ball out to Malouda, the winger returning the compliment with a perfect cross for Drogba to score.

As Chelsea threatened to add another, Green, playing his 116th successive league game, at least had the opportunity to impress watching England boss Fabio Capello.

And Green did exactly that when another Chelsea cross found Alex who saw the England goalkeeper palm the ball around the post at full stretch.

Malouda finally added the goal his endeavour deserved when Drogba controlled a long ball and laid it off to the winger, who coolly passed his finish beyond Green.

Frank Lampard hit the post from Malouda's cross as Chelsea threatened to give the score a slightly unfair edge but West Ham could not hold out for long.

After finding space Lampard struck another fierce effort, this time spilled by Green, and Drogba was perfectly placed to score his 27th goal of the season.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"I think Malouda was the best player in this game.

"He was always giving us ideas on the left hand side, putting in crosses and when he scored that was a good moment.

"We maintained a good balance in the second half. We had a bit of a problem but we are improving and are confident for Tuesday [against Inter Milan]."

On goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, Ancelotti added:

"He did well, he played with confidence and good personality and he is a good goalkeeper.

"I think he will be in goal on Tuesday, we have confidence in Turnbull."

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:

"It was very good for 65 minutes but as soon as we conceded the second goal it was too hard for us.

"I saw the boys go flat because they had used so much energy trying to contain them.

"It is vital that you keep it on the positive side. That doesn't mean you turn your back on the problems, we will be dealing with those in the week.

"The attitude that we put forward against team like Chelsea can make the difference when we play against teams around us.

"I am not going to give up anything. We have another tough game against Arsenal next week and I'm not going to go there already beaten."

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 4-1 West Ham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Alex 16
  • Drogba 56
  • Malouda 77
  • Drogba 90
  • Parker 30

Chelsea

Substitutes

West Ham

Substitutes

Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 41,755
CHELSEA
WEST HAM

Possession

  • Chelsea 59%
  • West Ham 41%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 15
  • West Ham 2

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 7
  • West Ham 2

Corners

  • Chelsea 11
  • West Ham 1

Fouls

  • Chelsea 13
  • West Ham 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+1:59 Foul by Michael Ballack on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Scott Parker takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+1:34 Junior Stanislas takes the outswinging corner, Michael Ballack makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 90:00+0:59 Scott Parker fouled by Michael Ballack, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Parker takes the free kick.
  • 89:26 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 89:26 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 4 - 1 West Ham Didier Drogba finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 4-1 West Ham.
  • 89:21 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from 30 yards. Save by Robert Green.
  • 86:15 Substitution Salomon Kalou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Florent Malouda.
  • 85:13 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Shot from close range by Frank Lampard strikes the post. Didier Drogba takes a shot. Fabio Daprela gets a block in. Didier Drogba takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Radoslav Kovac manages to make a clearance.
  • 85:02 The ball is swung over by Joe Cole, Fabio Daprela manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:41 Frank Lampard has an effort direct from the free kick, blocked by Scott Parker. Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Fabio Daprela.
  • 82:41 Substitution Alessandro Diamanti is brought on as a substitute for Araujo Ilan.
  • 82:41 Valon Behrami concedes a free kick for a foul on Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 80:22 Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Michael Ballack takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:35 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov comes on in place of Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 79:00 A cross is delivered by Joe Cole, save by Robert Green.
  • Correction - 77:22 Foul by Alex on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Junior Stanislas from the free kick.
  • 77:22 Alex challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Junior Stanislas produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 76:07 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 3 - 1 West Ham Florent Malouda grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-1 West Ham.
  • 75:29 Carlton Cole produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
  • 75:13 Centre by Jonathan Spector, clearance made by Alex.
  • 73:27 Mikel takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 72:55 The referee penalises Scott Parker for handball. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 70:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Fabio Daprela. Didier Drogba takes the direct free kick, Alex takes a shot.
  • 70:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Daprela on Frank Lampard. Strike comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
  • 68:05 Junior Stanislas sends in a cross, clearance by Alex.
  • 66:46 Robert Green takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:46 Substitution Kieron Dyer leaves the field to be replaced by Junior Stanislas.
  • 66:46 Substitution . Mido leaves the field to be replaced by Carlton Cole.
  • 66:46 Foul by Frank Lampard on Valon Behrami, free kick awarded.
  • 64:54 Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 64:54 Substitution Joe Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicolas Anelka.
  • 64:54 Foul by Fabio Daprela on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded.
  • 64:07 Mikel challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Valon Behrami takes the free kick.
  • 62:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Ballack on Kieron Dyer. Free kick crossed by Scott Parker, save made by Ross Turnbull.
  • 61:22 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, save made by Robert Green.
  • Correction - 57:26 Centre by Branislav Ivanovic, Alex takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green. Inswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 57:26 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, Michael Ballack takes a shot. Save by Robert Green. Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 57:05 Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
  • 56:51 Michael Ballack produces a cross.
  • 55:02 Assist by Florent Malouda.
  • 55:02 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 1 West Ham Didier Drogba finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Chelsea 2-1 West Ham.
  • 55:01 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda,
  • 53:44 The ball is swung over by Mikel, Robert Green makes a comfortable save.
  • 53:09 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Fabio Daprela. Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, . Mido manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Paulo Ferreira. Florent Malouda restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:36 The ball is swung over by Kieron Dyer.
  • 49:31 Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Upson. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 48:56 Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 48:56 Booking . Mido goes into the referee's book.
  • 48:52 Unfair challenge on Michael Ballack by . Mido results in a free kick.
  • 48:01 Frank Lampard is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 47:39 Mikel produces a cross.
  • 47:02 Fabio Daprela gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Florent Malouda crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by . Mido.
  • 45:58 Foul by Michael Ballack on Kieron Dyer, free kick awarded. Kieron Dyer takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:49 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
  • 45:40 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance by Matthew Upson.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:16 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+0:55 The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka. Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Green takes the free kick.
  • 44:40 Foul by Mikel on Kieron Dyer, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kieron Dyer.
  • 42:55 Florent Malouda produces a cross, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:22 Florent Malouda sends in a cross, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon. Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, . Mido makes a clearance.
  • 41:54 Matthew Upson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:39 Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 39:53 The ball is swung over by Jonathan Spector, Ross Turnbull makes a save.
  • 39:08 Foul by John Terry on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:51 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon.
  • 38:14 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
  • 38:03 Centre by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Fabio Daprela.
  • 37:14 Nicolas Anelka takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Robert Green.
  • 36:58 Centre by Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 36:09 Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross.
  • 35:30 Kieron Dyer is caught offside. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:39 Shot from 20 yards from Frank Lampard. Save by Robert Green. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance by Matthew Upson.
  • 31:33 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 30:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Valon Behrami. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:15 The assist for the goal came from Kieron Dyer.
  • 29:15 GOAL - Scott ParkerChelsea 1 - 1 West Ham Scott Parker fires in a brilliant goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 West Ham.
  • 28:28 Unfair challenge on Valon Behrami by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Gabbidon.
  • 26:53 Frank Lampard crosses the ball, Didier Drogba has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 23:04 Foul by Radoslav Kovac on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
  • 21:41 Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Green takes the indirect free kick.
  • 19:32 The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda.
  • 17:43 The ball is delivered by Jonathan Spector.
  • 16:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Scott Parker. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:32 The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, Jonathan Spector makes a clearance.
  • 15:12 Florent Malouda provided the assist for the goal.
  • 15:12 GOAL - AlexChelsea 1 - 0 West Ham Alex finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 1-0 West Ham.
  • 14:41 Corner taken by Florent Malouda. The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda,
  • 12:33 Araujo Ilan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 11:12 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.
  • 8:12 Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target. Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Spector.
  • 7:13 Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Spector. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:10 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, clearance by Daniel Gabbidon. Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Scott Parker.
  • 4:41 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Direct free kick taken by Robert Green.
  • 4:13 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Araujo Ilan.
  • Correction - 3:00 . Mido is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.
  • 3:00 The assistant referee signals for offside against . Mido. Ross Turnbull takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:53 Effort from the edge of the box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 29 42 64
2 Arsenal 30 38 64
3 Man Utd 29 43 63
4 Tottenham 29 25 52
5 Man City 27 17 49
6 Liverpool 29 16 48
7 Aston Villa 27 16 46
8 Birmingham 29 -1 44
9 Everton 29 4 42
10 Fulham 28 3 38
11 Stoke 29 -5 36
12 Blackburn 29 -17 34
13 Bolton 30 -18 32
14 Sunderland 28 -8 30
15 Wigan 29 -30 28
16 West Ham 29 -12 27
17 Wolves 29 -24 27
18 Burnley 30 -32 24
19 Hull 29 -34 24
20 Portsmouth 28 -23 19

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