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Chelsea   4 - 0   Blackpool

Salomon Kalou (left) and Florent Malouda were both on the scoresheet
The result was never in doubt after Kalou's second-minute goal

By Paul Fletcher

Chelsea brushed aside Blackpool to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.

Salomon Kalou tapped home from a corner in the second minute before Florent Malouda struck from short range.

Didier Drogba's deflected strike made it 3-0 before Malouda scored his second with a low shot just before the break.

Petr Cech denied Alex Baptiste and in a much better second-half display the keeper saved a Gary Taylor-Fletcher shot with DJ Campbell also going close.

After the break Blackpool had an even share of the opportunities, but the game was already beyond the visitors by then.

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The afternoon got off to the worst possible start for Blackpool, who managed to touch the ball just once before Chelsea opened the scoring after 71 seconds.

That solitary touch gave Chelsea a corner, from which an unmarked Kalou tapped home at the far post after Branislav Ivanovic had flicked on.

Chelsea were without injured duo John Terry and Frank Lampard while Nicolas Anelka was rested, but it did not prevent the home team from repeatedly carving open a Tangerines side that lacked shape and were extremely vulnerable to swift counter attacks.

Michael Essien and Drogba fashioned a simple finish for Malouda after 12 minutes and it did not take long before the party tricks started to appear, with Drogba playing one particularly audacious behind-the-leg pass.

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Ashley Cole appeared to have the freedom of the left flank and a square ball from the England international was fired home by Drogba with a shot on the turn that took a significant deflection off defender Ian Evatt.

Tangerines boss Ian Holloway, who saw his team thrashed 6-0 at Arsenal in August, had included the more defensive Alex Baptiste for Brett Ormerod in his starting line-up, presumably to frustrate Chelsea.

But Holloway's ragged outfit were frequently outnumbered at the back and it took a good save from Matt Gilks to deny Drogba after the Ivorian's neat flick and turn had wrong-footed several Blackpool players.

Drobga played a raking pass from a central position that found Kalou, who in turn picked out Malouda for the France international to slot home the fourth with a low first-time finish on 41 minutes.

Blackpool could consider themselves unlucky not to have reduced the deficit with the scoreline at 2-0 but Baptiste's low rasping strike was amazingly saved by Cech.

Dekel Keinan should also have scored with a header from a corner that skimmed wide as virtually everything went wrong for the Tangerines in the opening 45 minutes.

The visiting side took the fight to their opponents after the restart and forced a goal-line clearance from Ivanovic after Campbell took the ball around Cech and shot from a tight angle.

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Charlie Adam then picked out Luke Varney out with a delicious pass but his team-mate skewed his volley well wide.

Chelsea should have been awarded a penalty after Keinen tugged Malouda, but Blackpool continued to threaten at the other end as Campbell almost bundled the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

Holloway had brought on Taylor-Fletcher for Neal Eardley at the break and the striker almost scored with his superb floated effort that Cech did well to save.

Malouda spurned two opportunities to complete his hat-trick before Tangerines substitute Marlon Harewood smashed a close-range strike into the side netting.

Cole then had a strike blocked and Drogba missed the target as Chelsea failed to build on their half-time advantage but Carlo Ancelotti's side nonetheless have a goal difference of +20 after five Premier League fixtures.

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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 4-0)
  • Kalou 2
  • Malouda 12
  • Evatt (og) 30
  • Malouda 41

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Blackpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 41,761
    CHELSEA
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Chelsea 59%
    • Blackpool 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 14
    • Blackpool 4

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 13
    • Blackpool 7

    Corners

    • Chelsea 9
    • Blackpool 6

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 7
    • Blackpool 4
    • Final Result
    • 92:28 The referee gets the game started.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:55 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+1:50 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 90:00+1:29 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), clearance by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 90:00+1:02 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 90:00+0:50 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 90:00+0:45 Cross by Florent Malouda (Chelsea), clearance by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 90:00+0:09 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 90:00 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 89:40 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 89:10 Cross by David Vaughan (Blackpool), resulting in open play.
    • 88:38 Shot by Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool).
    • 87:45 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 87:18 Defending throw-in by Dudley Campbell (Blackpool).
    • 87:05 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), clearance by Charlie Adam (Blackpool).
    • 86:44 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 86:17 Shot by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
    • 85:51 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 85:10 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 84:37 Cross by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 83:35 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 82:41 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 82:26 Cross by Florent Malouda (Chelsea), clearance by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).
    • 81:49 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 80:59 Goal kick taken short by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 80:47 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
    • 80:28 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 78:18 Shot by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), blocked by Ian Evatt (Blackpool). Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea).
    • 77:41 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 76:48 Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 76:48 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Mikel replaced by Yossi Benayoun (tactical).
    • 76:42 Handball by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea).
    • 75:53 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), clearance by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 74:57 Shot by Ashley Cole (Chelsea) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool).
    • 73:43 Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
    • 73:43 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Ramires replaced by Yury Zhirkov (tactical).
    • 73:25 Foul by Ian Evatt (Blackpool) on Didier Drogba (Chelsea).
    • 73:07 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 72:08 Foul by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) on Michael Essien (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
    • 71:36 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 71:26 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 70:51 Substitution Chelsea substitution: Alex replaced by Jeffrey Bruma (injury).
    • 70:25 Shot by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right.
    • 68:41 Foul by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) on Alex Baptiste (Blackpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 68:36 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 68:13 Header by Brett Ormerod (Blackpool) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right.
    • 68:06 Cross by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), resulting in open play.
    • 66:51 Foul by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) on Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Mikel Mikel Mikel (Chelsea) from left channel, passed.
    • 66:32 Goal kick taken short by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 66:09 Cross by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea), clearance by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool). Shot by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 65:51 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 65:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to near post, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool).
    • 64:38 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), shot by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped over) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 64:23 Cross by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 63:40 Shot by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 63:06 Foul by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) on Ian Evatt (Blackpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 62:43 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 61:13 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 60:42 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Luke Varney replaced by Brett Ormerod (tactical).
    • 60:34 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Elliot Grandin replaced by Marlon Harewood (tactical).
    • 60:05 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 59:39 Shot by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool) right-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (tipped over) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 58:56 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to far post, save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 57:46 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 57:37 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 56:37 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 55:52 Foul by Mikel Mikel (Chelsea) on Charlie Adam (Blackpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 55:38 Attacking throw-in by Luke Varney (Blackpool).
    • 55:07 Handball by Dudley Campbell (Blackpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Petr Cech (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
    • 54:30 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) to near post, resulting in open play.
    • 54:13 Shot by Ian Evatt (Blackpool) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 53:04 Free kick taken right-footed by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) from left channel (25 yards), hit wall.
    • 53:04 Booking David Vaughan (Blackpool) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 52:58 Foul by David Vaughan (Blackpool) on Ramires (Chelsea).
    • 52:44 Cross by Charlie Adam (Blackpool), clearance by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 51:42 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 51:16 Shot by Luke Varney (Blackpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
    • 50:50 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 50:26 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), clearance by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).
    • 49:29 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 49:09 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 48:56 Shot by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 48:40 Shot by Dudley Campbell (Blackpool) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 48:17 Goal kick taken short by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 48:06 Shot by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 47:16 Foul by Ramires Ramires (Chelsea) on David Vaughan (Blackpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 46:25 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 46:11 Shot by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) left-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.
    • 45:01 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Neal Eardley replaced by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (tactical).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:04 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to near post, resulting in open play.
    • 45:00+1:01 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).
    • 45:00 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 44:57 Foul by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea) on Luke Varney (Blackpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) from left wing, resulting in open play.
    • 44:48 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 44:07 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to near post, header by Michael Essien (Chelsea) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right.
    • 43:41 Cross by Ashley Cole (Chelsea), shot by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of six-yard box (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 43:30 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 43:26 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 43:19 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea), clearance by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).
    • 43:02 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 42:03 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) on Dudley Campbell (Blackpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 41:41 Didier Drogba (Chelsea) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by David Vaughan (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 40:38 Assist (pass) by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) from right side of penalty area.
    • 40:38 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 4 - 0 Blackpool Goal by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool.
    • 38:17 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 38:07 Shot by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed right.
    • 37:33 Neal Eardley (Blackpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) from own half, passed.
    • 37:08 Booking Neal Eardley (Blackpool) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:32 Free kick taken right-footed by Neal Eardley (Blackpool) from right channel, passed.
    • 36:32 Booking Didier Drogba (Chelsea) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 36:30 Foul by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) on Elliot Grandin (Blackpool).
    • 35:50 Cross by Ashley Cole (Chelsea), clearance by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool).
    • 34:36 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 33:52 Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool).
    • 33:36 Cross by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), resulting in open play.
    • 32:49 Defending throw-in by Neal Eardley (Blackpool).
    • 32:16 Cross by Neal Eardley (Blackpool), clearance by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 31:49 Shot by Ashley Cole (Chelsea) lobbed left-footed from left channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 31:35 Cross by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
    • 31:29 Cross by Ashley Cole (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
    • 30:51 Cross by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea), save (parried) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 29:36 Assist (pass) by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) from left wing.
    • 29:36 GOAL - Ian EvattChelsea 3 - 0 Blackpool Own goal by Ian Evatt (Blackpool) (bottom-left of goal) from own half (6 yards).Chelsea 3-0 Blackpool.
    • 29:36 Shot by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), resulting in open play.
    • 28:07 Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 27:14 Cross by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), resulting in open play.
    • 25:33 Defending throw-in by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).
    • 25:04 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 23:55 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 23:35 Goal kick taken long by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 22:47 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) to far post, header by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.
    • 22:15 Attacking throw-in by David Vaughan (Blackpool).
    • 22:08 Cross by Neal Eardley (Blackpool), clearance by Didier Drogba (Chelsea).
    • 21:55 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Neal Eardley (Blackpool) to near post, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).
    • 21:20 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 20:43 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 20:32 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 20:05 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 19:47 Shot by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 19:40 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 19:28 Cross by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), clearance by Dekel Keinan (Blackpool).
    • 17:33 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 16:48 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 16:18 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) to centre, clearance by Alex (Chelsea).
    • 15:44 Shot by Luke Varney (Blackpool) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 14:57 Shot by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed right. Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 14:44 Cross by Neal Eardley (Blackpool), clearance by Alex (Chelsea).
    • 14:33 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 14:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to far post, header by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed left.
    • 13:43 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to near post, clearance by Luke Varney (Blackpool).
    • 11:27 Assist (cross) by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) from right side of penalty area.
    • 11:27 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 2 - 0 Blackpool goal by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) left-footed (bottom-left of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Chelsea 2-0 Blackpool.
    • 11:26 Cross by Didier Drogba (Chelsea),
    • 11:05 Defending throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 10:58 Attacking throw-in by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).
    • 10:27 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Florent Malouda (Chelsea) to near post, shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) left-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), blocked by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 9:55 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 9:12 Defending throw-in by Neal Eardley (Blackpool).
    • 8:17 Goal kick taken short by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 6:55 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 6:37 Shot by Michael Essien (Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 6:00 Cross by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), save (caught) by Petr Cech (Chelsea).
    • 5:43 Didier Drogba (Chelsea) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 5:06 Attacking throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 2:39 Defending throw-in by Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea).
    • 1:11 Assist (header) by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) from left side of six-yard box.
    • 1:11 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 1 - 0 Blackpool goal by Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) left-footed (high centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Chelsea 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 0:54 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Didier Drogba (Chelsea) to near post,

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    19 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 19 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

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