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Chelsea   2 - 0   Wolverhampton

Florent Malouda
Malouda has scored seven league goals in a blistering start to the season

By Owen Phillips

Premier League pacesetters Chelsea stretched their lead to five points with a hard-fought victory over Wolves.

The visitors created several chances in an open game with David Edwards and Kevin Doyle both going close.

But Chelsea's attacking quality told and Florent Malouda calmly sidefooted them ahead from Yuri Zhirkov's pass.

The champions wasted a number of opportunities but sealed the win late on when substitute Salomon Kalou slid the ball home after a sweet move.

Kalou's late clinching second, after a glorious piece of interplay involving Michael Essien and Didier Drogba, was probably deserved but Mick McCarthy's men played a full part in an entertaining game.

And although Wolves did not have as many chances, they could point to several good opportunities and were unlucky not to score the first league goal by a visiting side at Stamford Bridge since March.

Ancelotti puts result before performance

That said, the Blues, who are now eight points clear of both Manchester United and Arsenal and five ahead of Manchester City, played with supreme confidence and total fluency and could and should have added to their tally.

Wolves, who have failed to register a win since a 2-1 victory over Stoke City on the opening day of the season, made a promising start, winning three corners and they looked eager not to sit back and allow Chelsea to dominate possession.

The pace of Matthew Jarvis posed more than a few problems down the right flank in the first 30 minutes and McCarthy's men were happy to commit men forward despite their solid 4-5-1 line-up.

Edwards failed to get a meaty connection on one teasing Jarvis cross and headed tamely at keeper Petr Cech, while both Jelle Van Damme and Doyle should have done better with headed chances from Jarvis centres.

But after a slow first 10 minutes, Chelsea started playing with real confidence in attack and their willingness to let full-backs Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa bomb forward led to a raft of chances.

One such raid led to Bosingwa - making his first start in 13 months after a knee injury - racing into the box but his sweet strike was brilliantly diverted wide of the post by Marcus Hahnemann.

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By now Cole and Bosingwa - whose attacking qualities have been sorely missed - were virtually playing as wingers.

And although the attacking approach did leave them exposed on a couple of occasions, it was instrumental in the opening goal when the pace and movement of Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, the impressive Zhirkov and Malouda finally proved too much for the Black Country side.

Anelka showed speed of mind and foot to work the ball into Zhirkov and the Russian's astute pull-back was easily turned in by the goal-hungry Malouda on 23 minutes.

But home fans' hopes of another goal-fest following the Frenchman's seventh goal in the league in nine games this season were not met.

Wolves replied with a couple of Nenad Milijas shots as they started to commit more men forward which inevitably led to Chelsea carving out chances on the break.

Cole failed to make the most of a two-on-one break from a Wolves set-piece and a glorious pass from Zhirkov teed up the rampaging Bosingwa but Hahnemann saved with his feet at the front post.

McCarthy takes solace from Wolves' style

Wolves introduced Stephen Hunt for his Premier League debut after the interval and the winger - who was booed by Blues fans throughout for his involvement in Petr Cech's terrible injury in 2006 - almost scored with a header within moments of coming on but his header was cleared off the line by Michael Essien.

Quick feet and a fine low shot from Doyle then forced Cech into action at his near post and Doyle also had a close-range header saved by the Chelsea keeper.

At the other end Drogba wasted a glorious one-on-one opening as Hahnemann flew out of his area to tackle the Ivorian and Essien curled an 18-yard strike over the bar.

But Chelsea finally sealed their fifth home win in five games with nine minutes left when Kalou slotted in their 16th league goal at Stamford Bridge this season.

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Wolves FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Malouda 23
  • Kalou 81

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Ref: ProbertAtt: 41,752
    CHELSEA
    WOLVES

    Possession

    • Chelsea 58%
    • Wolves 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 10
    • Wolves 9

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 7
    • Wolves 3

    Corners

    • Chelsea 8
    • Wolves 8

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 8
    • Wolves 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:17 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:02 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 90:00+2:13 A cross is delivered by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 90:00+0:32 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 89:56 The referee blows for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
    • 88:49 The referee penalises Christophe Berra for handball. Didier Drogba crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 88:49 Booking Christophe Berra receives a caution.
    • 87:27 Michael Essien fouled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Ferreira.
    • 86:23 Substitution Steven Fletcher replaces Matthew Jarvis.
    • 86:00 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on in place of Kevin Doyle.
    • 85:40 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba.
    • 84:56 The ball is delivered by Kevin Foley.
    • 82:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Kevin Foley. Didier Drogba has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 81:29 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov leaves the field to be replaced by Joshua McEachran.
    • Correction - 80:36 Assist by Michael Essien.
    • Correction - 80:36 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Salomon Kalou finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 80:35 Michael Essien provided the assist for the goal.
    • 80:35 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Salomon Kalou grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 79:49 David Edwards takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 79:12 Corner taken left-footed by Nenad Milijas to the near post, clearance made by Salomon Kalou.
    • 77:58 Substitution Paulo Ferreira comes on in place of Jose Bosingwa.
    • 76:50 Centre by Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Nenad Milijas.
    • 76:36 Michael Essien delivers the ball, clearance by Richard Stearman.
    • 75:25 Corner from the left by-line taken by Didier Drogba, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 74:08 Shot from just outside the area by Michael Essien misses to the left of the target.
    • 74:08 Mikel produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 72:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Edwards by Mikel. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.
    • 72:50 Booking Mikel shown a yellow card.
    • 71:36 Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by David Jones.
    • 71:36 Substitution Florent Malouda leaves the field to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.
    • 69:46 David Jones takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 67:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Doyle on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
    • 65:05 Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Kevin Doyle, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Christophe Berra misses to the right of the target.
    • 64:31 Foul by Ashley Cole on Stephen Hunt, free kick awarded. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.
    • 63:57 Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Foley. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Edwards, Michael Essien makes a clearance.
    • 63:42 The ball is swung over by Nenad Milijas, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:50 Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Stearman.
    • 62:21 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
    • 61:21 Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 58:55 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, Richard Stearman has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 58:04 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.
    • 56:39 Effort from inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the right of the target.
    • 56:13 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, save by Petr Cech.
    • 55:23 Corner taken left-footed by Yuri Zhirkov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Richard Stearman.
    • 53:28 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross, Didier Drogba produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 52:56 The ball is crossed by Ashley Cole, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.
    • 52:06 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis played to the near post, Florent Malouda makes a clearance.
    • 51:55 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 48:47 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.
    • 46:17 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post, Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Clearance made by Michael Essien.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Stephen Hunt coming on for Jelle Van Damme.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:05 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:37 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Stearman.
    • 44:26 A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa.
    • 43:09 Corner from right by-line taken by Didier Drogba.
    • 42:52 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 41:13 A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Headed effort from inside the area by Kevin Doyle misses to the left of the goal.
    • 39:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on David Jones. Matthew Jarvis takes the free kick. The ball is crossed by Kevin Foley.
    • 38:16 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jose Bosingwa goes wide right of the target.
    • 36:44 Foul by Jelle Van Damme on Mikel, free kick awarded. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:38 Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 35:04 Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Jones.
    • 34:11 Florent Malouda decides to take the corner short.
    • 33:57 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Matthew Jarvis gets a block in.
    • 32:35 Richard Stearman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Clearance made by Christophe Berra.
    • 32:35 Booking The referee shows Richard Stearman a yellow card.
    • 31:58 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 30:53 Nenad Milijas takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 30:16 Left-footed shot by Didier Drogba missed to the left of the net.
    • 29:39 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball.
    • 26:01 Shot by Nicolas Anelka from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 25:14 Nenad Milijas delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.
    • 22:42 Assist by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 22:42 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Florent Malouda grabs a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Wolverhampton.
    • 22:14 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Jelle Van Damme takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.
    • 21:57 Centre by Jelle Van Damme.
    • 21:11 Didier Drogba challenges Jelle Van Damme unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 19:55 Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line played to the near post, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:49 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, clearance by David Edwards.
    • 19:27 The ball is swung over by Kevin Foley, David Edwards takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 17:30 David Edwards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Didier Drogba crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. The offside flag is raised against John Terry. Free kick taken by Marcus Hahnemann.
    • 14:54 Stephen Ward challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:59 The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Richard Stearman restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:32 Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
    • 12:13 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
    • 9:29 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:53 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 3:24 Jelle Van Damme challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Didier Drogba.
    • 2:58 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, save by Petr Cech.
    • 2:22 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
    • 1:28 Matthew Jarvis produces a cross.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 23 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 9 23 22
    2 Man City 8 7 17
    3 Tottenham 9 3 15
    4 West Brom 9 -2 15
    5 Arsenal 8 8 14
    6 Man Utd 8 7 14
    7 Sunderland 9 1 12
    8 Bolton 9 0 12
    9 Newcastle 9 1 11
    10 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    11 Everton 9 1 10
    12 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    13 Stoke 8 -2 10
    14 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    15 Wigan 9 -9 10
    16 Fulham 9 -1 9
    17 Blackburn 8 -1 9
    18 Liverpool 8 -6 6
    19 Wolves 9 -7 6
    20 West Ham 9 -10 6

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