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Blackpool   1 - 3   Chelsea

John Terry celebrates

By Aimee Lewis

Two goals from Frank Lampard helped maintain Chelsea's Premier League revival and sent Blackpool tumbling to a second successive defeat.

John Terry gave the Blues a first-half lead after jumping unchallenged inside the box to head home a Lampard corner.

Lampard then converted from the spot following Ian Evatt's foul on Salomon Kalou and scored his second from 16 yards when put through by the striker.

Jason Puncheon hit low beyond Petr Cech late on but it was merely consolation.

Substitute Brett Ormerod and Evatt nearly scored in the closing stages in what could have been an astonishing ending, but at least Ian Holloway's men can take some solace from the fact that Puncheon's goal ensures the Seasiders - who are two points above the relegation zone - remain above follow battlers West Brom.

Ancelotti pleased with Kalou impact

Blackpool have been sucked into a relegation battle after winning only one of their last nine matches. Six of their remaining 10 Premier League games are at Bloomfield Road, although perhaps manager Holloway would prefer that not to be the case as his men strangely have a better record away from home.

For Chelsea, despite manager Carlo Ancelotti's pre-match protestations that his team were merely looking to secure a Champions League spot, talk of a late title bid will increase.

They are now nine points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand and a trip to Old Trafford yet to come. Should they beat Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on 20 March in their next Premier League match, the odds on Chelsea defending their title will surely shorten.

Chelsea's inspiration came from an unlikely source in the form of substitute Kalou, who replaced the injured Didier Drogba in the 55th minute.

The 25-year-old striker provided the visitors with the directness and potency that was lacking when compatriot Drogba and the subdued Fernando Torres were leading the attack.

The Ivorian and Lampard combined impressively after the break and questions will, no doubt, again be raised about how best to accommodate Drogba and Torres - who has yet to score for the club since his £50m January arrival.

Lampard played a part in the opening goal when terrible defending allowed Terry the freedom to jink inside the six-yard box and superbly connect with the midfielder's corner for his fourth goal of the season.

The recalled Jose Bosingwa, showing impressive energy down the right in attack but perhaps susceptible in defence, nearly doubled the advantage soon afterwards only for Richard Kingson to stretch every sinew to prevent the defender's shot from curling into the top-left corner.

Prior to the opening goal, Blackpool enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked the guile that suspended duo Charlie Adams and DJ Campbell could have provided.

However, Puncheon sparked the home side into life when the on-loan Southampton midfielder set off on a mazy run in the 33rd minute and outmuscled David Luiz. The 24-year-old looked to have beaten Petr Cech with his low shot but, luckily for the Blues goalkeeper, the ball ricocheted off the inside of the post to safety.

Kalou couldn't wait to go down - Holloway

Blackpool were their usual entertaining selves but Chelsea were always dangerous at set pieces and in the dying minutes of the half the alert Kingson had to punch away a Lampard corner from the path of the advancing Terry.

The home side were once again in the ascendancy after the break and appeared to have been given a slice of good fortune when Chelsea were forced into an unscheduled substitution when Drogba limped off after being struck above the hip.

But it was replacement Kalou who was the architect of Chelsea's two goals as the lively Ivorian tumbled over Evatt's outstretched leg, leaving referee Mike Dean with little option but to award the penalty.

Lampard, whose winning penalty helped Chelsea beat leaders United last week, sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and shortly afterwards the midfielder made it four goals in as many matches after Kalou's defence-splitting pass sent him clear.

Blackpool now faced an almost impossible task, which was made all the more difficult when Kingson was forced from the field with a knee injury and was replaced by reserve goalkeeper Mark Halstead for his Premier League debut.

Holloway's side fought until the end and maintained their record of scoring in every home game when Stephen Crainey caught Bosingwa in possession, which led to Puncheon collecting a pass from James Beattie to coolly finish beyond Cech.

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Monday, 7 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 1-3 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Puncheon 86
  • Terry 20
  • Lampard (pen) 62
  • Lampard 66

Blackpool

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 15,584
BLACKPOOL
CHELSEA

Possession

  • Blackpool 42%
  • Chelsea 58%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 5
  • Chelsea 11

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 9
  • Chelsea 7

Corners

  • Blackpool 3
  • Chelsea 13

Fouls

  • Blackpool 5
  • Chelsea 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:09 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:36 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, Effort on goal by Salomon Kalou from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 90:00+1:28 Matt Phillips crosses the ball.
  • 90:00+1:00 Centre by Florent Malouda, save by Mark Halstead.
  • 89:43 The ball is sent over by Jason Puncheon, Shot by Ian Evatt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 89:24 Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Marinho David Luiz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Puncheon.
  • 88:31 Corner taken right-footed by David Vaughan to the near post, Effort on goal by Alex Baptiste from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 88:12 Matt Phillips crosses the ball, Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
  • 86:52 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Ashley Cole.
  • 85:16 Assist by James Beattie.
  • 85:16 GOAL - Jason PuncheonBlackpool 1 - 3 Chelsea A goal is scored by Jason Puncheon from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-3 Chelsea.
  • 84:26 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Salomon Kalou produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 84:01 Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
  • 83:10 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Mark Halstead. Florent Malouda takes a short corner.
  • 82:33 The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips, Marinho David Luiz manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:20 The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
  • 81:10 Matt Phillips produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 80:00 Michael Essien takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Matt Phillips.
  • 79:36 Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, James Beattie manages to make a clearance.
  • 79:21 Ashley Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Eardley.
  • 76:03 Matt Phillips delivers the ball, clearance by John Terry.
  • 75:28 Fernando Torres takes a shot. Neal Eardley makes a save.
  • 74:56 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, clearance made by Marinho David Luiz.
  • 73:57 Substitution Joshua McEachran on for Ramires.
  • 73:28 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, John Terry has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 73:12 Florent Malouda sends in a cross, blocked by Stephen Crainey.
  • 72:21 Substitution Matt Phillips on for David Carney.
  • 72:00 Substitution Andy Reid leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Ormerod.
  • 71:29 Substitution Florent Malouda is brought on as a substitute for Yury Zhirkov.
  • 70:45 Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.
  • 70:03 Stephen Crainey sends in a cross.
  • 69:05 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Mark Halstead makes a save.
  • 67:51 Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 66:40 Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
  • 66:00 Substitution Mark Halstead replaces Richard Kingson.
  • 65:14 Assist by Salomon Kalou.
  • 65:14 GOAL - Frank LampardBlackpool 0 - 3 Chelsea Frank Lampard finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-3 Chelsea.
  • 63:30 Centre by Fernando Torres, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 63:18 Centre by Andy Reid.
  • 62:00 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Ian Evatt. Salomon Kalou provided the assist for the goal.
  • 62:00 GOAL - Frank LampardBlackpool 0 - 2 Chelsea Frank Lampard scores a penalty. Blackpool 0-2 Chelsea.
  • 60:01 Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Alex Baptiste. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 59:42 Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Neal Eardley.
  • 59:30 Ashley Cole crosses the ball, Neal Eardley makes a clearance.
  • 58:43 Shot from outside the box by Andy Reid goes wide right of the target.
  • 58:05 Fernando Torres challenges Alex Baptiste unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 57:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Vaughan on Salomon Kalou. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 55:52 Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, Effort from inside the area by Michael Essien misses to the right of the goal.
  • 55:43 Ramires sends in a cross, David Carney gets a block in.
  • 54:16 Substitution Salomon Kalou replaces Didier Drogba.
  • 52:18 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
  • 48:31 Marinho David Luiz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Beattie. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.
  • 47:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Ian Evatt. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:12 David Vaughan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 47:07 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 46:56 Centre by Jason Puncheon, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:24 The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, James Beattie takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 45:14 Neal Eardley delivers the ball.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:04 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+2:38 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.
  • 45:00+1:53 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael Essien, Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 45:00+1:38 Ramires takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 45:00+0:43 Didier Drogba challenges Alex Baptiste unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
  • 44:18 Centre by Neal Eardley, save by Petr Cech.
  • 43:16 Effort on goal by Andy Reid from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 42:23 The ball is sent over by Michael Essien, Richard Kingson makes a save.
  • 41:27 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Keith Southern.
  • 41:19 Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 38:48 The ball is crossed by James Beattie.
  • 38:29 The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 36:38 Neal Eardley has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
  • 36:24 Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid, Marinho David Luiz makes a clearance.
  • 36:15 Ian Evatt crosses the ball, Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 36:04 A cross is delivered by Andy Reid, clearance made by Marinho David Luiz.
  • 35:51 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:55 David Carney takes a shot. Frank Lampard gets a block in.
  • 33:47 The ball is crossed by Jason Puncheon.
  • 32:44 Jason Puncheon produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
  • 31:37 Centre by Neal Eardley, John Terry makes a clearance.
  • 30:53 Didier Drogba is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • 27:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Southern on Yury Zhirkov. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 26:39 Shot from just outside the area by David Carney goes over the bar.
  • 24:06 Foul by Ramires on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • 23:08 John Terry produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 22:36 Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson. Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, James Beattie makes a clearance.
  • 22:22 Fernando Torres takes a shot. David Carney gets a block in.
  • 22:17 Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross.
  • 21:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Andy Reid. Keith Southern takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:24 A cross is delivered by Fernando Torres, Andy Reid manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:41 Fernando Torres is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
  • 19:41 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
  • 19:41 GOAL - John TerryBlackpool 0 - 1 Chelsea Goal scored by John Terry from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Chelsea.
  • 19:16 The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 16:55 David Carney sends in a cross.
  • 14:46 Centre by Andy Reid, save by Petr Cech.
  • 14:03 A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
  • 13:49 The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, save by Petr Cech.
  • 11:22 A cross is delivered by Marinho David Luiz.
  • Correction - 10:24 The ball is swung over by Fernando Torres, Alex Baptiste gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Neal Eardley gets a block in.
  • 10:24 The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, Alex Baptiste gets a block in. Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line played to the near post, Yury Zhirkov takes a shot. Neal Eardley gets a block in.
  • 4:17 The ball is crossed by Andy Reid, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 4:09 David Carney delivers the ball.
  • 3:24 David Carney takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
  • 2:03 James Beattie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Frank Lampard crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 1:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Beattie on Marinho David Luiz. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.
  • 0:57 The ball is delivered by Ramires, save by Richard Kingson.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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7 Mar 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 29 33 60
2 Arsenal 28 30 57
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 28 27 51
5 Tottenham 28 7 48
6 Liverpool 29 3 42
7 Bolton 29 2 40
8 Sunderland 29 -2 38
9 Newcastle 29 3 36
10 Everton 28 0 36
11 Fulham 29 1 35
12 Stoke 29 -6 34
13 Aston Villa 29 -13 33
14 Blackburn 29 -12 32
15 Blackpool 29 -15 32
16 West Brom 29 -15 32
17 West Ham 29 -13 31
18 Birmingham 27 -12 30
19 Wolves 29 -15 29
20 Wigan 29 -23 27

see also
Blackpool v Chelsea as it happened
07 Mar 11 |  Football
Ancelotti pleased with Kalou impact
07 Mar 11 |  Chelsea



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