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Portsmouth   0 - 5   Chelsea

Florent Malouda scores
Malouda scores the first of his brace to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead at Fratton Park

By Phil Dawkes

Chelsea moved into second place in the Premier League and to within one point of leaders Manchester United with an emphatic win at bottom club Portsmouth.

After a low-key start, Didier Drogba rolled the ball into an empty net after David James kicked at thin air.

Florent Malouda slammed in a second before following up Frank Lampard's saved shot to slot in a third.

Drogba outmuscled Steve Finnan and fired in at the near post before Lampard headed in an injury-time fifth.

It took them a while to hit their stride but when once they did, Chelsea imposed themselves on the game in a manner that has eluded them, to costly ends, in recent matches.

Ancelotti 'satisfied' after 5-0 win

The visitors' victory was thoroughly deserved but initially owed to a moment that was part misfortune and part mistake.

James has already demonstrated his generosity this week by reportedly being a leading figure in a group of Pompey players who have agreed to cover the wages of four club staff members, who would otherwise have been laid off as part of the administration-enforced cost-cutting measures at Fratton Park.

Unfortunately for Pompey, their 39-year-old England stopper carried such benevolence into his performance and gifted the visitors the lead in the 32nd minute.

After an uneventful opening, Chelsea launched an innocuous-looking attack with Deco heading on a ball that hugely favoured the home keeper, but when James's kick met air instead of ball due to a large bobble off the turf, Drogba was able to run on and slot into the unguarded net.

Barring a 30-yard drive from Lampard which James tipped past the post it was the only real chance of a first-half which was characterised more by bad blood than free-flowing football.

Not long after the goal, Malouda was involved in an aerial challenge with Ricardo Rocha which saw the Pompey defender stretchered from the field with a suspected fractured cheekbone to a chorus of boos aimed at the Chelsea winger for his perceived aggression.

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Not long after, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge drew blood from the nose of Pompey's Tommy Smith with a trailing arm leading to the withdrawal of the bloodied striker and further anger both on the pitch and off it.

Malouda may have left the field to a chorus of vitriol at half-time but he and his team-mates returned to torment the home side with a superb second-half display.

Five minutes after the break, Lampard's chipped through-ball found the Frenchman, who beat the offside trap on the left and bore down on goal before rifling his shot past James and into the roof of the net from a tight-angle.

Ten minutes later he doubled his tally, following up Lampard's initial shot - well blocked by James - to once again fire a rasping shot high into the net.

James had done his utmost to prevent the visitors extending their lead further with strong saves from shots by Lampard and substitute Joe Cole.

But he was left to rue the fragility of the defence in front of him when Jon Mikel Obi's long ball was chested down by Drogba, who then held off Finnan and fired in at the near post.

Portsmouth coach downbeat

Drogba should have made it five himself minutes later but the Ivory Coast striker made a hash of a stretching finish from six yards out following a cross from substitute Patrick Van Aanholt.

In injury time, Lampard did add the fifth, heading in after Drogba had nodded down Cole's high left-wing cross to give Chelsea the added bonus of drawing level on goal difference with Manchester United.

As for the home side, they may be able to sell players following unprecedented permission from the Football Association to undertake transfers outside the window to ease their financial burden, but they could not buy a goal here.

Their night was summed up when Jamie O'Hara's cross was nodded down by Frederic Piquionne to the unmarked Richard Hughes, but he put his header from eight yards inexplicably past the post.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:
"We'd lost some confidence in our play in the last few weeks, but we played well here. This performance will improve our confidence.

"We are involved in the Premier League and the FA Cup, so maybe eight or nine games until the end of the season, so we need to maintain this period and this spirit to play.

"We have to prepare for these remaining games like they are finals. It won't be easy, but it's important to stay involved in the Premier League."

Portsmouth assistant manager Perry Groves on Ricardo Rocha:
"Ricardo has gone to hospital to see how bad the damage is and [manager] Avram [Grant] has gone with him.

"Ricardo may not play again this season. I thought the challenge merited a yellow card but I only had half an eye on the incident when it happened.

"There's not too many fit players left in our squad. [But] there's always been a fantastic spirit amongst them and they'll always grind out results for you."

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Portsmouth 0-5 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Drogba 32
    • Malouda 50
    • Malouda 60
    • Drogba 77
    • Lampard 90+4

    Portsmouth

    • 01 James yellow card
    • 03 Rocha (Basinas 45)
    • 07 Hreidarsson
    • 16 Finnan
    • 04 Mokoena (Kanu 71)
    • 05 O'Hara yellow card
    • 06 Mullins
    • 22 Hughes yellow card
    • 35 Wilson
    • 09 Piquionne
    • 20 Smith (Owusu-Abeyie 46)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Ashdown,
    • 18 Vanden Borre,
    • 11 Brown,
    • 14 Owusu-Abeyie,
    • 33 Basinas,
    • 19 Webber,
    • 27 Kanu

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 18,753
    PORTSMOUTH
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Portsmouth 39%
    • Chelsea 61%

    Attempts on target

    • Portsmouth 6
    • Chelsea 11

    Attempts off target

    • Portsmouth 4
    • Chelsea 9

    Corners

    • Portsmouth 1
    • Chelsea 7

    Fouls

    • Portsmouth 11
    • Chelsea 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:51 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+5:23 Booking David James receives a yellow card.
    • 90:00+3:03 The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
    • 90:00+3:03 GOAL - Frank LampardPortsmouth 0 - 5 Chelsea Frank Lampard grabs a headed goal from close range. Portsmouth 0-5 Chelsea.
    • 90:00+2:55 Joe Cole crosses the ball, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by David James.
    • 89:22 David James takes the free kick.
    • 89:22 Booking Mikel booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:13 Foul by Mikel on Jamie O'Hara, free kick awarded.
    • 88:07 Effort from the edge of the area by Hayden Mullins goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 87:32 Unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Mikel results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 86:41 Florent Malouda is ruled offside. Marc Wilson takes the free kick.
    • 85:54 Direct free kick taken by Deco.
    • 85:54 Booking Richard Hughes receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 85:45 Richard Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira.
    • 84:10 Patrick Van Aanholt sends in a cross, Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 83:09 Shot from inside the six-yard box by Nwankwo Kanu goes wide right of the target.
    • 81:28 Frank Lampard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins. David James takes the free kick.
    • 79:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Cole on Marc Wilson. David James takes the free kick.
    • 78:31 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 78:26 The ball is swung over by Patrick Van Aanholt, clearance made by Steve Finnan.
    • 77:57 The ball is crossed by Jamie O'Hara, Header from close range by Richard Hughes misses to the right of the target.
    • Correction - 77:24 Foul by Alex on Nwankwo Kanu, free kick awarded. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:24 Nwankwo Kanu fouled by Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 76:19 Assist by Mikel.
    • 76:19 GOAL - Didier DrogbaPortsmouth 0 - 4 Chelsea Didier Drogba finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-4 Chelsea.
    • 74:30 Foul by Frank Lampard on Angelos Basinas, free kick awarded. Angelos Basinas takes the free kick.
    • 71:21 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joe Cole.
    • Correction - 70:28 Substitution Aaron Mokoena leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.
    • 70:28 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu comes on in place of Aaron Mokoena.
    • 70:05 Substitution Patrick Van Aanholt replaces Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 67:10 Deco fouled by Jamie O'Hara, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Deco.
    • 66:54 Booking Jamie O'Hara booked.
    • 65:42 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 63:23 Foul by Marc Wilson on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Alex has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 61:36 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by David James.
    • 60:34 Frank Lampard takes a shot. David James makes a comfortable save.
    • 59:23 GOAL - Florent MaloudaPortsmouth 0 - 3 Chelsea A goal is scored by Florent Malouda from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-3 Chelsea.
    • Correction - 59:22 GOAL - Florent MaloudaPortsmouth 0 - 3 Chelsea Goal scored by Florent Malouda from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-3 Chelsea.
    • 59:22 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
    • 57:31 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by David James. Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 56:51 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line.
    • 56:34 Shot by Jamie O'Hara from 25 yards. Paulo Ferreira gets a block in.
    • 55:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Frank Lampard. The ball is swung over by Frank Lampard, Joe Cole has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
    • 54:27 Substitution Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Sturridge.
    • 54:13 The ball is swung over by Hermann Hreidarsson.
    • 49:28 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
    • 49:28 GOAL - Florent MaloudaPortsmouth 0 - 2 Chelsea Florent Malouda fires in a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Chelsea.
    • Correction - 49:19 Assist by Frank Lampard.
    • Correction - 49:19 GOAL - Florent MaloudaPortsmouth 0 - 2 Chelsea Florent Malouda fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Chelsea.
    • 48:46 Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Jamie O'Hara results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 48:01 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
    • 47:30 A cross is delivered by Jamie O'Hara, Yuri Zhirkov gets a block in.
    • 46:33 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Frederic Piquionne.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Quincy Owusu-Abeyie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tommy Smith.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:30 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+3:03 Paulo Ferreira produces a cross, save by David James.
    • 45:00+1:57 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Richard Hughes results in a free kick. Deco takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:19 Substitution Angelos Basinas replaces Ricardo Rocha.
    • 44:04 Didier Drogba crosses the ball, clearance made by Steve Finnan.
    • 39:23 Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 39:23 Booking The referee cautions Florent Malouda for unsporting behaviour.
    • 39:02 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha by Florent Malouda results in a free kick.
    • 36:29 Tommy Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:02 Substitution Alex replaces Ricardo Carvalho.
    • 35:50 Shot from deep inside the area by Frank Lampard clears the bar.
    • 35:11 Centre by Jamie O'Hara, clearance by Paulo Ferreira. Jamie O'Hara sends in a cross, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 32:59 Ricardo Carvalho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Mokoena. Marc Wilson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Daniel Sturridge.
    • 31:33 Assist by Deco.
    • 31:33 GOAL - Didier DrogbaPortsmouth 0 - 1 Chelsea A goal is scored by Didier Drogba from close in low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea.
    • Correction - 31:25 The assist for the goal came from Deco.
    • Correction - 31:25 GOAL - Didier DrogbaPortsmouth 0 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 30:15 Mikel challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 29:39 Ricardo Carvalho produces a cross, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.
    • 28:25 Mikel fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 28:04 Jamie O'Hara concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 27:08 Hermann Hreidarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov. Deco restarts play with the free kick.
    • 26:44 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Richard Hughes manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:32 A cross is delivered by Deco, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mokoena on Yuri Zhirkov. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
    • 25:03 The ball is swung over by Tommy Smith, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 24:13 The ball is swung over by Steve Finnan, save by Petr Cech.
    • 23:14 Unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Daniel Sturridge results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Mikel gets a block in.
    • 22:56 Unfair challenge on Jamie O'Hara by Yuri Zhirkov results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 22:41 Richard Hughes takes a shot. Paulo Ferreira gets a block in.
    • 19:58 Frank Lampard is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 19:22 Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David James.
    • 18:56 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:13 Effort from the edge of the box by Frederic Piquionne goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 17:36 Shot from just outside the penalty box by Deco misses to the left of the target.
    • 14:31 Centre by Jamie O'Hara, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:40 Shot from outside the box by Frank Lampard misses to the left of the target.
    • 12:27 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Finnan.
    • 10:07 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, comfortable save by David James.
    • 9:47 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by David James.
    • 7:53 The official flags Didier Drogba offside. David James takes the free kick.
    • 7:16 Tommy Smith sends in a cross, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
    • 6:38 Effort on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 5:51 Effort from the edge of the area by Didier Drogba goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 2:09 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance by Steve Finnan.
    • 1:59 Yuri Zhirkov sends in a cross, blocked by Marc Wilson.
    • 0:32 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    17 West Ham 31 -16 27
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    19 Hull 30 -35 24
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