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Chelsea   2 - 0   Stoke

Florent Malouda wheels away to celebrate with the fans after scoring Chelsea's first
Malouda's clipped finish gave Chelsea a first-half lead at Stamford Bridge

By Kevin Darling

Premier League leaders Chelsea kept up their 100% start to the season with an efficient display against dogged Stoke.

Frank Lampard had an early penalty saved by Thomas Sorensen before Florent Malouda fired in the opener after latching on to John Terry's fine pass.

The visitors were unlucky not to equalise when Glenn Whelan thumped a 30-yard effort against the crossbar.

But Didier Drogba wrapped up the win with the champions' second spot-kick after Sorensen tripped Nicolas Anelka.

The Potters provided a far sterner test than West Brom and Wigan - Chelsea's previous two opponents in a free-scoring start to the season - but they were unable to stop Carlo Ancelotti's side chalking up an eighth straight home league win.

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While a third successive 6-0 victory never looked on the cards in a comparatively low-key Blues display, the result was rarely in doubt aside from a moment midway through the second half when Whelan's superb effort bounced down off the underside of Petr Cech's bar.

Chelsea had scored an outlandish 29 goals without reply in their previous five home matches - including a 7-0 rout of the Potters in April - and they almost added number 30 within the first five minutes.

Ashley Cole latched on to an exquisite through ball from midfielder Michael Essien but the England left-back dragged his shot wide of Sorensen's far post.

Ancelotti happy after tough win

At the other end, Matthew Etherington looked the visitors' most potent threat and his cross from the left wing was hooked narrowly over by Jon Walters.

Stoke almost ruined their vaguely promising start when Ryan Shawcross made a rash challenge on Malouda in the box and referee Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty.

Lampard stepped up to take the spot-kick but Sorensen got down to his left and held the England man's soft, side-footed effort - making it a third penalty miss in a row for the midfielder.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors and Chelsea, undeterred by Lampard's miss, soon broke the deadlock with a trademark goal of devastating simplicity.

Terry stepped out of defence and broke through the middle before threading a perfectly weighted pass to Malouda, who clipped first-time past the onrushing Sorensen from 17 yards.

The Blues almost added a stunning second when the ball was lofted into the box and Cole turned and lashed a fearsome volley against the crossbar.

Chelsea's three-pronged attack of Anelka, Drogba and Malouda were a constant menace and just after the break, Frenchman Anelka teed up Drogba with a dinked cross but the Ivorian's powerful close-range header was straight at Sorensen.

Pulis pleased with performance despite defeat

Rory Delap's ever-reliable throw-ins presented Stoke with a good chance when the Irishman's long hoist was punched unconvincingly by Cech straight to Etherington, whose goal-bound shot was blocked by Drogba.

The Potters then went agonisingly close to a leveller when Whelan walloped a long-range strike against Cech's crossbar with the home side's keeper beaten.

But just as the visitors' hopes of an unlikely equaliser began to soar, the Blues notched a decisive second goal - after another easy penalty decision for referee Atkinson.

Sorensen, who had previously put in an exemplary display, tripped Anelka on the edge of box and Drogba made no mistake from 12 yards with a thumping finish into the top left corner.

Substitute Salomon Kalou should have made it 3-0 with a one-on-one late on but Sorensen stood up well to foil him.

But it was another solid performance from Chelsea, who remain the only team in the Premier League with an unblemished win record, while the Potters are one of only two teams still without a single point.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Malouda 32
  • Drogba (pen) 77

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 40,931
    CHELSEA
    STOKE

    Possession

    • Chelsea 64%
    • Stoke 36%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 6
    • Stoke 3

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 9
    • Stoke 6

    Corners

    • Chelsea 6
    • Stoke 1

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 5
    • Stoke 10
    • Final Result
    • 93:29 The match begins.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:25 The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 90:00+0:11 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 90:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 88:46 Effort from inside the area by Danny Pugh misses to the left of the goal.
    • 87:28 Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 86:55 Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:19 Effort from close range by Daniel Sturridge goes wide left of the target.
    • 84:47 Close range header by Ricardo Fuller goes over the bar.
    • 83:48 Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:48 Substitution Rory Delap goes off and Danny Pugh comes on.
    • 83:48 Substitution Ramires is brought on as a substitute for Michael Essien.
    • 83:48 Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap.
    • 81:14 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 80:15 Substitution Daniel Sturridge replaces Nicolas Anelka.
    • 79:13 Corner from the left by-line taken by Florent Malouda, Abdoulaye Faye manages to make a clearance.
    • 76:28 Nicolas Anelka provided the assist for the goal.
    • 76:28 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 0 Stoke Placed penalty scored by Didier Drogba. Chelsea 2-0 Stoke.
    • 75:31 Foul by Thomas Sorensen on Nicolas Anelka, Penalty awarded.
    • 75:03 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 73:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Nicolas Anelka. Free kick taken by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 71:55 Defending throw-in by Danny Collins (Stoke).
    • 71:20 Substitution Salomon Kalou is brought on as a substitute for Frank Lampard.
    • 70:21 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 67:42 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 67:06 Substitution Ricardo Fuller is brought on as a substitute for Kenwyne Jones.
    • 66:04 Shot by Glenn Whelan.
    • 64:11 Attacking throw-in by Dean Whitehead (Stoke).
    • 62:02 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 61:40 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Alex.
    • 61:23 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Kenwyne Jones gets a block in.
    • 60:55 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 60:03 Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 58:19 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 57:52 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 53:25 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 52:41 Mikel challenges Rory Delap unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.
    • 52:04 Attacking throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 51:17 Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Didier Drogba gets a block in.
    • 51:10 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 50:30 Substitution Glenn Whelan comes on in place of Andy Wilkinson.
    • 49:58 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 48:39 Shot from outside the box by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
    • 47:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Abdoulaye Faye. Thomas Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:41 Attacking throw-in by Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea).
    • 45:37 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Robert Huth goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 45:12 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:01 Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 45:00+1:32 Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 45:00+1:32 Booking Matthew Etherington goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 45:00+1:28 Foul by Matthew Etherington on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded.
    • 45:00+0:58 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 45:00+0:32 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 45:00 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 44:30 Shot from inside the area by Frank Lampard clears the bar.
    • 42:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by John Terry. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Dean Whitehead, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 41:30 Defending throw-in by Robert Huth (Stoke).
    • 40:53 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 39:45 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 36:13 Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 36:13 Booking Dean Whitehead receives a yellow card.
    • 36:02 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole.
    • 33:09 Shot by Frank Lampard missed to the left of the net.
    • 32:53 Ashley Cole takes a shot.
    • 31:06 Assist on the goal came from John Terry.
    • 31:06 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 1 - 0 Stoke Florent Malouda grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Stoke.
    • 29:38 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Danny Collins makes a clearance.
    • 28:22 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
    • 27:38 Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
    • 26:49 Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, clearance made by Danny Collins.
    • 25:31 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 23:34 Abdoulaye Faye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 22:42 The referee blows for offside. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:43 Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Michael Essien has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 19:23 Rory Delap challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:43 The ball is crossed by Matthew Etherington, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:28 Close range headed effort by Ryan Shawcross misses to the right of the target.
    • 15:04 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 14:36 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).
    • 13:12 Rory Delap challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick, Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 11:57 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 10:33 A comfortable save by Thomas Sorensen from penalty by Frank Lampard. Chelsea 0-0 Stoke.
    • 9:40 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Florent Malouda, Penalty awarded.
    • 8:39 Shot on goal by Jonathan Walters from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 7:47 Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 7:05 Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by John Terry results in a free kick. Abdoulaye Faye takes the free kick.
    • 5:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Rory Delap. Mikel takes the free kick.
    • 4:21 Close range shot by Ashley Cole goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 2:26 Goal kick taken long by Thomas Sorensen (Stoke).
    • 1:13 Attacking throw-in by Rory Delap (Stoke).

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 3 14 9
    2 Arsenal 3 7 7
    3 Man Utd 3 6 7
    4 Wolves 3 1 5
    5 Newcastle 3 3 4
    6 Man City 2 3 4
    7 Bolton 2 2 4
    8 Birmingham 2 1 4
    9 Tottenham 3 0 4
    10 Blackpool 3 -2 4
    11 Fulham 3 0 3
    12 Blackburn 3 -1 3
    13 Aston Villa 2 -3 3
    14 West Brom 2 -5 3
    15 Wigan 3 -9 3
    16 Sunderland 2 -1 1
    17 Everton 2 -1 1
    18 Liverpool 2 -3 1
    19 Stoke 3 -4 0
    20 West Ham 3 -8 0

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    28 Aug 10 |  Chelsea



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