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Chelsea   1 - 0   Bolton

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka
Anelka's goal proved the difference in a bruising game at Stamford Bridge

By Harry Reekie

Chelsea moved four points clear of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League after beating Bolton.

The hosts were never at their free-flowing best but took the lead just before half-time when Nicolas Anelka headed home a Didier Drogba cross.

Bolton struggled to create chances but could have had two penalties when John Terry and Drogba appeared to handle.

Frank Lampard hit the post and Terry fired wide, while Johan Elmander should have levelled but wasted a header.

The victory was not as simple as predicted by some observers - United boss Sir Alex Ferguson the most notable - but at this stage of the season, style is hardly a top priority.

Chelsea's victory was their fifth in succession since their exit from the Champions League and with only four games remaining this season, they are now on the brink of winning the title.

Ferguson's suggestion that the game at Stamford Bridge represented an "easy" three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side proved inaccurate.

Bolton huffed and puffed admirably, particularly in the first half, and could easily have been awarded two spot-kicks on another night.

But the grim reality for Owen Coyle's side is they have now suffered four consecutive league defeats and will continue to look nervously over their shoulders as the relegation battle comes to a head.

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Coyle can take many positives away from west London, however. Bolton were anything but pushovers in the opening stages, harassing their more esteemed opponents at every opportunity.

Kevin Davies again made his presence felt up front, none more so than in an accidental clash of heads with Yuri Zhirkov that left the Russian with blood pouring from his scalp.

The best Chelsea could manage early on was a Drogba free-kick that stung the gloves of Jussi Jaaskelainen and bounced behind off Salomon Kalou, with Bolton more than equal to their hosts for long periods.

Drogba had a second chance with another free-kick shortly after but dragged his shot wide, prompting frustration to surface in the stands.

Those concerns were not helped when Bolton had strong appeals for a penalty turned down despite the ball appearing to strike Drogba's arm.

But three minutes from half-time, Drogba picked up the ball on the left and delivered a teasing cross that was easily converted by an unmarked Anelka to put Chelsea ahead.

It was harsh on Coyle's side after an industrious display. Anelka's muted celebration - a possible show of respect against his old club - would not have eased the disappointment.

Drogba took his time to warm up in the first half but wasted little time in making an impact after the break, setting up Kalou with a neat pass only for his Ivorian team-mate to shoot straight at Jaaskelainen.

Zhirkov, back in full swing after a brief spell with his head bandaged, then surged down the left and forced a shot that was well kept out by Jaaskelainen.

Bolton struggled to create many chances at the other end but were unfortunate not to win a penalty when a cross from Chung-Yong Lee deflected off Terry's upper arm.

Coyle and the Bolton coaching staff were furious on the sidelines and TV replays showed they may have had a case.

Chelsea survived though and pushed forward looking for a goal to make the game safe.

Lampard hit the post with a trademark long-range drive and Terry fired just wide with a well-struck shot off the outside of his right foot.

But Bolton never gave up hope and really should have equalised in the dying minutes when Elmander headed limply wide before Ivan Klasnic shot across the face of goal.

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 1-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Anelka 43

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 40,539
    CHELSEA
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Chelsea 58%
    • Bolton 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 8
    • Bolton 2

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 10
    • Bolton 5

    Corners

    • Chelsea 5
    • Bolton 2

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 13
    • Bolton 22
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:39 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:50 Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
    • 90:00+3:11 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 90:00+1:19 Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 90:00+0:34 Effort on goal by Joe Cole from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 89:13 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 87:28 Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:28 Booking Booking for Johan Elmander for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 86:29 Ivan Klasnic produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 85:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Ivan Klasnic. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 83:58 Centre by Matthew Taylor, Header from close range by Johan Elmander misses to the right of the target.
    • 82:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Fabrice Muamba. Didier Drogba produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 81:37 Substitution Ivan Klasnic is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 81:37 Substitution Johan Elmander joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Wilshere.
    • 80:54 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Effort from the edge of the box by John Terry goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 79:06 Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 79:06 Booking The referee shows Alex a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:58 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Alex results in a free kick.
    • 78:41 The ball is sent over by Joe Cole, Michael Ballack takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 78:13 Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box striking the post.
    • 77:27 Direct free kick taken by Michael Ballack.
    • 77:27 Booking Kevin Davies goes into the book.
    • 77:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Kevin Davies.
    • 76:02 Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:02 Substitution Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou.
    • 76:02 Booking Paul Robinson is booked.
    • 75:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Paul Robinson.
    • 75:21 The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 74:47 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 74:17 Gary Cahill takes a shot.
    • 73:04 Shot from just outside the area by Fabrice Muamba goes over the bar.
    • 72:45 Gary Cahill fouled by Michael Ballack, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 72:26 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, clearance by Gary Cahill.
    • 72:18 The ball is delivered by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 70:38 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
    • 70:32 The ball is sent over by Chung-Yong Lee, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 70:27 Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 69:58 Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Yuri Zhirkov, the ref awards a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the free kick.
    • 68:43 Unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 67:25 Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, Yuri Zhirkov manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:12 Substitution Florent Malouda replaces Nicolas Anelka.
    • 65:25 Michael Ballack challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:08 The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor.
    • 63:37 Yuri Zhirkov takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 63:05 The ball is sent over by John Terry, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.
    • 62:40 Zat Knight challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Ballack restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:39 The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, save by Petr Cech.
    • 61:05 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 58:02 Alex concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
    • 57:22 Foul by Kevin Davies on Alex, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alex.
    • 56:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 56:01 A cross is delivered by Nicolas Anelka, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:41 Effort on goal by Salomon Kalou from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 53:59 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 51:16 Kevin Davies is ruled offside. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:59 Shot by Didier Drogba from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
    • 48:46 Mikel delivers the ball, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 48:10 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard played to the near post.
    • 46:36 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by John Terry results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 46:01 Mikel challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:26 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:09 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+3:01 Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 45:00+0:59 Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 44:46 Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 43:54 Jack Wilshere produces a cross, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 42:45 The ball is delivered by Didier Drogba,
    • 42:35 The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
    • 42:35 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaChelsea 1 - 0 Bolton Nicolas Anelka scores a headed goal from close range. Chelsea 1-0 Bolton.
    • 42:06 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, clearance by Paul Robinson.
    • 41:27 Nicolas Anelka crosses the ball, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:29 The ball is swung over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance by Mikel.
    • 39:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Fabrice Muamba. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:38 Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 36:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Gary Cahill. Strike on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.
    • 35:25 Matthew Taylor crosses the ball, Yuri Zhirkov makes a clearance.
    • 34:59 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 34:38 A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 34:31 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Robinson.
    • 33:51 The official flags Matthew Taylor offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:20 Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Ballack. Alex takes the direct free kick.
    • 30:30 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 28:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Salomon Kalou on Paul Robinson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 27:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Michael Ballack. Michael Ballack takes the free kick.
    • 27:33 Unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Ballack.
    • 26:47 Foul by Yuri Zhirkov on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:17 The ball is swung over by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 25:59 Didier Drogba crosses the ball, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
    • 25:37 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 25:05 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 23:51 Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 23:51 Booking Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 23:45 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka.
    • 18:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov by Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 18:01 Chung-Yong Lee takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Frank Lampard.
    • 17:50 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Alex gets a block in.
    • 16:42 The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 15:14 Chung-Yong Lee sends in a cross, save by Petr Cech.
    • 13:41 Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 12:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 12:17 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 11:30 Yuri Zhirkov delivers the ball, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
    • 9:30 Foul by Gary Cahill on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 7:09 The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies, save by Petr Cech.
    • 6:36 The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 6:00 Kevin Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 5:25 Effort on goal by Didier Drogba from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 4:40 Jack Wilshere challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Ballack takes the free kick.
    • 2:32 Shot from outside the box by Nicolas Anelka misses to the left of the target.
    • 2:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 13 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 34 55 77
    2 Man Utd 34 50 73
    3 Arsenal 33 41 71
    4 Man City 33 28 62
    5 Tottenham 32 26 58
    6 Liverpool 34 21 56
    7 Aston Villa 32 12 54
    8 Everton 33 8 50
    9 Birmingham 34 -8 46
    10 Stoke 33 -3 43
    11 Blackburn 34 -15 43
    12 Fulham 33 -2 42
    13 Sunderland 34 -8 38
    14 Wolves 34 -23 33
    15 Bolton 34 -26 32
    16 West Ham 34 -16 31
    17 Wigan 33 -34 31
    18 Burnley 34 -36 27
    19 Hull 33 -38 27
    20 Portsmouth 33 -32 14

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