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Chelsea   7 - 1   Aston Villa

Frank Lampard scores for Chelsea past Aston Villa keeper Brad Friedel
Lampard scores the first of his four goals against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, at Stamford Bridge

Frank Lampard passed the 150 goal mark for Chelsea as they threw the gauntlet down to Premier League pace-setters Manchester United by destroying Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard's four goals made him the third-highest scorer in the club's history eclipsing legends Roy Bentley and Peter Osgood with 151 goals.

His efforts, two from the penalty spot, were the centrepiece of an emphatic Chelsea victory as they followed up their 5-0 midweek win at Portsmouth with another goal-laden attacking display.

And as coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted the disappointment of their Champions League exit at the hands of Inter Milan may yet aid their attempts to regain the title, Chelsea's embarrassing superiority over a Villa side with sights set on the top four provides the perfect tonic for next Saturday's visit to Old Trafford.

It was a win made all the more impressive because it was achieved without main marksman Didier Drogba, who was rested on the substitutes' bench after picking up a knock in the victory at Fratton Park. To say he was not missed is an understatement.

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Lampard gave Chelsea an early lead when he converted Florent Malouda's cross at the far post, but John Carew quickly put Villa level after good work by Ashley Young.

The game took a crucial twist right on half-time when Lampard put Chelsea back in front from the spot after Yuri Zhirkov was brought down by James Collins - and there was no way back for Villa as Ancelotti's side cut loose after the interval.

Malouda took advantage of more fine work from Zhirkov to beat Friedel, and Lampard completed his hat-trick with another penalty. He made his mark in Chelsea history by slipping his spot-kick comfortably past Villa keeper Brad Friedel after another run from the rampant Zhirkov drew a foul from Dunne.

Villa crumbled and Malouda piled on the agony after he was set up by Lampard and substitute Salomon Kalou made it six when he shot low past Friedel after Nicolas Anelka had been given what seemed like an age to turn in the area.

Desire to win motivates Chelsea - Wilkins

It was fitting that Lampard rounded off the rout with his fourth goal in the dying seconds, turning home his effort inside the area as Villa gave every impression of a side who simply could not wait for the whistle to sound.

And as if this was not enough to ignite ecstasy around Stamford Bridge, the roars were deafening as news of Birmingham City's late equaliser against Arsenal filtered through.

Villa actually made the brighter start and won a succession of corners, so it was against the run of play that Lampard made the breakthrough for Chelsea after 14 minutes. Villa's defence allowed Malouda's driven cross to fly right across the face of goal, leaving Lampard to steal in for a sliding finish at the far post.

The goal should have banished Chelsea's early uncertainty, but they were also guilty of defensive carelessness as Villa drew level just before the half-hour.

Again it was a cross that caused the problem as Young delivered into the area, Zhirkov appearing blissfully unaware of the giant Carew's presence behind him as he let the cross go, presenting the striker with the simplest of finishes.

Lampard praises Chelsea team display

Chelsea ended an undistinguished first half, which gave little hint of the riches to come, in the ascendancy as Lampard restored their lead from the spot a minute before the interval.

Referee Peter Walton pointed to the spot as Zhirkov went down under the challenge from James Collins as he raced into the area, leaving Lampard to thrash the penalty beyond Friedel.

If Villa had any plans to mount a second half revival, they were swept away as Chelsea ran riot after the break in brilliant fashion.

Malouda made it three for Chelsea after 57 minutes when he swept in Zhirkov's inviting cross - and the Russian was instrumental as they extended their lead, allowing Lampard to complet his treble from the spot five minutes later.

O'Neill angered by Villa capitulation

Zhirkov surged into the area and was upended by Dunne. Lampard stepped forward to beat Friedel again and reach his landmark goals tally.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill was pondering the introduction of Stewart Downing when the outstanding Malouda made it five after 68 minutes. Lampard filled the role of creator in another move that sliced Villa apart, simply rolling the ball into Malouda's path inside the area and he rifled a finish high past Friedel.

O'Neill's side had degenerated into a shambles, and Kalou and Lampard inflicted further late punishment before Villa were put out of their abject misery.

Second-placed Chelsea remain one point behind leaders Manchester United, who won 4-0 at Bolton in Saturday's late kick-off, and are now three points clear of third-placed Arsenal, who were held to a 1-1 draw at Birmingham


Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins:
"We have to keep winning. This is just another three points, although it is good to boost the goal difference.

"I tried to keep them going and even at the end we were pressing for eight.

"It was the perfect tonic before we go to Old Trafford next weekend. We fear nobody and we'll go there and play and hopefully we'll get the right result.

"Carlo Ancelotti is delighted and he's in there having a nice glass of red wine - good luck to him as he deserves it."

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill:
"We were well beaten by a fine side but we were also masters of our downfall.

"We stopped competing at 3-1 and that's unforgivable. We had the possibility of going 2-2 but it went 3-1 and the floodgates opened.

"It was a desperately poor performance against admittedly a fine side. We are devastated and we have to fight back from this."

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Lampard 15
  • Lampard (pen) 44
  • Malouda 57
  • Lampard (pen) 62
  • Malouda 68
  • Kalou 83
  • Lampard 90+1
  • Carew 29

Chelsea

Substitutes

Aston Villa

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 41,825
CHELSEA
ASTON VILLA

Possession

  • Chelsea 50%
  • Aston Villa 50%

Attempts on target

  • Chelsea 11
  • Aston Villa 5

Attempts off target

  • Chelsea 2
  • Aston Villa 2

Corners

  • Chelsea 8
  • Aston Villa 6

Fouls

  • Chelsea 12
  • Aston Villa 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:08 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:29 Paulo Ferreira challenges Stewart Downing unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Milner takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+2:28 Ashley Young delivers the ball, Mikel manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:26 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 7 - 1 Aston Villa Goal scored by Frank Lampard from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 7-1 Aston Villa.
  • 89:22 Foul by Patrick Van Aanholt on James Milner, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Stewart Downing, save by Petr Cech.
  • 88:49 Ashley Young fouled by Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Stewart Downing takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:20 Stewart Downing sends in a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:38 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 86:59 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line played to the near post, Habib Beye manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:46 Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 82:39 Nicolas Anelka provided the assist for the goal.
  • 82:39 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 6 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by Salomon Kalou from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 6-1 Aston Villa.
  • 82:12 The ball is sent over by Habib Beye, save by Petr Cech.
  • 81:37 Salomon Kalou produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 80:00 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing from the right by-line, clearance made by Alex.
  • 79:48 Stephen Warnock crosses the ball, Patrick Van Aanholt makes a clearance.
  • 77:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Milner on Salomon Kalou. Michael Ballack takes the free kick.
  • 77:32 Inswinging corner taken by Stewart Downing, save by Petr Cech.
  • 77:17 Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Ballack.
  • 75:23 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov goes off and Patrick Van Aanholt comes on.
  • 75:23 Substitution Salomon Kalou joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Cole.
  • 74:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke Young. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
  • 72:54 Corner taken by Ashley Young from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paulo Ferreira.
  • 72:34 Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.
  • 70:50 Substitution Deco leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Ballack.
  • 70:50 Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor goes off and Habib Beye comes on.
  • 68:53 Mikel fouled by Nathan Delfouneso, the ref awards a free kick. Deco takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:41 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Brad Friedel.
  • 67:07 The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 67:07 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 5 - 1 Aston Villa Goal scored by Florent Malouda from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Chelsea 5-1 Aston Villa.
  • 67:02 Paulo Ferreira sends in a cross,
  • 66:18 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Dunne.
  • 62:24 Substitution Nathan Delfouneso replaces John Carew.
  • 62:24 Substitution Stewart Downing joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stiliyan Petrov.
  • 61:16 Assist by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 61:16 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 4 - 1 Aston Villa Power penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Chelsea 4-1 Aston Villa.
  • 60:48 Booking Richard Dunne goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:37 Richard Dunne concedes a Penalty for a foul on Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 58:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Ferreira on Gabriel Agbonlahor. James Milner has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 56:12 Yuri Zhirkov provided the assist for the goal.
  • 56:12 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 3 - 1 Aston Villa Florent Malouda finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-1 Aston Villa.
  • 56:12 Yuri Zhirkov sends in a cross,
  • 55:30 The ball is swung over by Luke Young, save by Petr Cech.
  • 53:51 Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luke Young.
  • 53:36 Centre by Florent Malouda, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
  • 53:15 Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
  • 52:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by James Collins. Frank Lampard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 51:06 Effort on goal by Stephen Warnock from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 50:22 Gabriel Agbonlahor fouled by Alex, the ref awards a free kick. Ashley Young crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 47:56 Free kick crossed by Ashley Young, save by Petr Cech.
  • 47:56 Booking Paulo Ferreira is given a yellow card.
  • 47:52 Paulo Ferreira challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 46:10 A cross is delivered by Joe Cole, Nicolas Anelka takes a shot.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 The match has reached half-time.
  • 44:49 Unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Frank Lampard results in a free kick. James Collins restarts play with the free kick.
  • 43:30 Assist on the goal came from Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 43:30 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 2 - 1 Aston Villa Power penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa.
  • 43:02 Yuri Zhirkov fouled by James Collins, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 39:13 Stiliyan Petrov takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:13 Booking Deco shown a yellow card.
  • 39:02 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Deco results in a free kick.
  • 38:30 The referee blows for offside against John Carew. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
  • 38:02 The offside flag is raised against Nicolas Anelka. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Friedel.
  • 37:28 Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Dunne. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 36:58 James Milner handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Yuri Zhirkov restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:45 Ashley Young fouled by Paulo Ferreira, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Warnock takes the indirect free kick.
  • 34:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against John Carew. Indirect free kick taken by Alex.
  • 32:54 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • 32:45 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance by Luke Young.
  • 31:40 The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 30:59 Free kick taken by James Collins.
  • 30:59 Booking Yuri Zhirkov receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 30:42 Yuri Zhirkov challenges Gabriel Agbonlahor unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 29:47 Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Brad Friedel makes a save.
  • 28:19 Assist on the goal came from Ashley Young.
  • 28:19 GOAL - John CarewChelsea 1 - 1 Aston Villa A goal is scored by John Carew from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa.
  • 27:31 Booking Booking for Stiliyan Petrov for unsporting behaviour.
  • 26:38 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by James Collins.
  • 19:19 The official flags Frank Lampard offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.
  • 18:13 Frank Lampard takes the inswinging corner, James Collins makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 18:09 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance by Richard Dunne.
  • 18:09 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Richard Dunne.
  • 16:36 Foul by Frank Lampard on James Milner, free kick awarded. James Milner takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:47 Assist on the goal came from Florent Malouda.
  • 14:47 GOAL - Frank LampardChelsea 1 - 0 Aston Villa Frank Lampard grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa.
  • 13:35 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 10:39 The ball is swung over by Ashley Young.
  • 6:38 Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Warnock, Effort from deep inside the area by James Collins misses to the left of the goal.
  • 5:44 Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by James Collins.
  • 5:00 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Warnock, save by Petr Cech.
  • 2:47 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.
  • 0:47 Corner taken right-footed by Ashley Young from the left by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 51 72
2 Chelsea 32 53 71
3 Arsenal 32 40 68
4 Tottenham 31 28 58
5 Man City 30 16 53
6 Liverpool 31 18 51
7 Aston Villa 31 11 51
8 Everton 32 8 49
9 Birmingham 32 -4 45
10 Stoke 31 -5 39
11 Fulham 31 -3 38
12 Blackburn 31 -16 38
13 Sunderland 31 -6 35
14 Wolves 32 -22 32
15 Bolton 32 -24 32
16 Wigan 31 -30 31
17 West Ham 32 -17 27
18 Hull 31 -33 27
19 Burnley 31 -33 24
20 Portsmouth 32 -32 13

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