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Portsmouth 0-4 Chelsea

Frank Lampard (centre) is congratulated by Didier Drogba (right) and Salomon Kalou after scoring in the win over Portsmouth
Lampard scored two in a romp for Chelsea at Fratton Park

A dominant Chelsea brushed aside Portsmouth to book their spot in the Carling Cup fourth round.

Frank Lampard clinically slotted in a penalty to put the Blues ahead after Michael Ballack was brought down by Nadir Belhadj.

Florent Malouda lashed in a shot for Chelsea and Lampard walked in his fifth of the season after David James glanced a Salomon Kalou cross against his knee.

Kalou rifled in a shot to complete the rout over a tame Pompey side.

The Fratton Park club's fans must have been in apprehensive mood for the tie against Chelsea after the 6-0 mauling their side suffered at Manchester City on Sunday.

And their fears were realised as Chelsea eased to victory against the south-coast club, who they also beat 4-0 on the opening day of the Premier League season.

The visitors had quickly taken a grip of the game against a Pompey side boss Harry Redknapp set up in a defensive 4-5-1.

Chelsea worked a chance for Didier Drogba, making his first start this season, and he whistled a shot past the post before Lampard played a delightful ball to release Kalou through on goal.

Kalou squeezed his effort just wide as he was closed down by on-rushing keeper James but Pompey could only hold out for 36 minutes.

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Belhadj carelessly brought down Ballack, who was going away from goal, and Lampard clinically slotted in the resultant penalty.

Kalou had a big influence on the game and teed up Malouda to lash in a shot just before half-time to extend Chelsea's lead.

It was all too easy for Chelsea and a Kalou pull-back from the byline resulted in Lampard's second, which was only celebrated after the midfielder apologetically lifted his arm to signal a goal.

Pompey's defence is proving a fragile unit this season and they were again exposed as Ivory Coast striker Kalou powered in a shot to wrap up a comprehensive win.


Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp:
"We had a makeshift midfield and we worked very hard but we gave away scandalous goals.

"We haven't been leaking goals all season but we have had two games now. Chelsea are a fantastic team, different class, but the goals were poor.

"We didn't want to get smashed up, people are making mistakes they don't usually make. But it's history now."

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari:
"I am happy, today we played very well.

"We weren't always trying to attack quickly. We worked the ball, had more of the possession, we were patient.

"This is what I want from my team and it is what they did today. The players gave me a good answer today."


Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Pamarot, Distin, Hreidarsson, Utaka, Mvuemba, Kaboul, Hughes (Wilson 80), Belhadj (Armand Traore 69), Crouch (Kanu 69).
Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Defoe, Djimi Traore, Little.

Booked: Hreidarsson, Hughes, Johnson.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, Bridge, Belletti, Ballack (Ferreira 69), Lampard (Sinclair 74), Kalou, Malouda, Drogba (Di Santo 79).
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Obi, Mancienne, Stoch.

Booked: Ballack.

Goals: Lampard 36 pen, Malouda 45, Lampard 49, Kalou 64.

Att: 15,339

Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).



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see also
Redknapp defends goalkeeper James
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Carling Cup as it happened
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