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Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri:
"The team played with the right mentality from the start"
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Coventry manager Gordon Strachan:
"I've made better decisions"
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"It's the first match ball in England"
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Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Chelsea hammer sorry Coventry
Hasselbaink was in imperious form, claiming four goals
Chelsea 6-1 Coventry City

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored four goals to almost single-handedly destroy ten-man Coventry.

But the floodgates only opened after the Dutchman fell over in the area under pressure from teenaged Coventry keeper Chris Kirkland.

Referee Steven Lodge sent off Kirkland - although it was not certain whether he even touched Hasselbaink, and the first goal duly arrived from the spot past sub keeper Alan Miller.

New signing Slavisa Jokanovic was on the bench for Chelsea after his 1.7m midweek move from Deportivo Coruna

Graeme Le Saux's ankle injury forced the England man out in favour of Celestine Babayaro but Gus Poyet was back after missing eight games with the same problem.

Coventry were forced to rely, at least initially, on teenager Kirkland, while in-form striker John Aloisi led the front-line.


Hasselbaink was denied a scoring opportunity when Paul Williams robbed him on the edge of the penalty area but the former Leeds striker should have put his team in front when Gianfranco Zola found him in space shortly afterwards.

Kirkland was nearly in tears when he came off and said that he had played the ball, but there was more to this defeat than that
  Gordon Strachan, Coventry manager
Barely eight yards from the Coventry goal, Hasselbaink brought down the cross at the first attempt and tried to nod the bouncing ball into the net only to be denied by Kirkland.

Kirkland then produced a full-length save to his left to deny Hasselbaink again as the Dutch international drilled in a shot from the edge of the box.

John Eustace flung himself at Sam Dalla Bona's 20-yard half-volley before Zola was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Gary Breen.

But Kirkland's day was doomed to end in disaster as he darted from his goal in an effort to reach Poyet's through ball before Hasselbaink.


At top speed, it was difficult to see whether the keeper touched his opponent but, having reached the ball first, Hasselbaink tumbled to the floor and to howling protests from the Coventry players, referee Lodge pointed to the spot and sent the distraught Kirkland off.

Gordon Strachan could not prevent his team taking a pummelling
As the arguments continued, on-loan Miller replaced Aloisi and Hasselbaink picked himself up and promptly despatched the penalty for his fifth goal of the season.

Wise had a shot charged down by Williams but four minutes from the break, Chelsea bagged the second their dominance merited.

Desailly's long ball out of defence found Hasselbaink, who sped down the left wing before cutting inside and unleashing a curling shot with his right foot, leaving Miller helpless.

We still made a few mistakes but we retained our focus and managed to put things right
  Claudio Ranieri, Chelsea manager
The match was finished as a contest early in the second half as Gianfranco Zola chested down a long Dalla Bona through ball and beat Miller


Then it was Hasselbaink's turn, claiming his hat-trick on 52 minutes with a simple tap-in after Zola's shot had come back off the legs of Kelly.

Chelsea kept coming at ten-man Coventry, and six minutes later Hasselbaink scored his fourth, running on to Flo's pass and turning inside the last defender before placing his shot into the far corner.

Dalla Bona then had a fierce 20-yarder punched away by Miller, who also had to save at the second attempt from the insatiable Hasselbaink.

The keeper could not delay the sixth too long as Flo arrived at the far post to meet Celestine Babayaro's hanging centre on 68 minutes and power in a downward header.

It should then have been seven when Zola was through on the keeper, but the Italian rolled his shot wide before Flo had another stinging effort palmed away at full stretch by Miller.

A small consolation finally arrived late on for Coventry when Cedric Roussel caught out Ed de Goey as he foolishly juggled a back pass.

Chelsea: de Goey, Babayaro, Leboeuf, Desailly, Ferrer, Poyet, Wise, Melchiot, Dalla Bona, Zola, Hasselbaink.
Subs: Bogarde, Jokanovic, Flo, Morris, Cudicini.

Coventry: Kirkland, Edworthy, Williams, Chippo, Hadji, Telfer, Palmer, Eustace, Aloisi, Breen, Bellamy.
Subs: Shaw, Roussel, Strachan, Miller, Delorge.

Referee: S Lodge (Barnsley)

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