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Chelsea   4 - 0   Bolton

Chelsea 4-0 Bolton

Chelsea 4-0 Bolton


By Phil Dawkes

Chelsea maintained their 100% home record this season with a comfortable win over Bolton in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

Saloman Kalou gave the home side the lead, rising to head home an inswinging cross from Paulo Ferreira.

Florent Malouda scored the second, benefitting from a deflection off Bolton's Zat Knight before slotting in.

A low drive from Deco sealed the victory and a header from substitute Didier Drogba rounded it off in style.

The scoreline serves as testimony to a strong, cohesive performance from what was largely Chelsea's second string.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti took the unusual step of naming his side early ahead of this match, perhaps as a means of relaxing a group of players with an eye on pulling out the stops to impress their boss.

If this was the Italian's plan, his players responded and were the brighter and more assured of the two sides throughout.

Joe Cole, no doubt buoyed by Ancelotti's praise for his performance in the win over Blackburn on Saturday, and Portuguese midfielder Deco both fired in early shots which, although comfortably saved by Ali Al Habsi in the Bolton goal, highlighted the home side's intent.

The threat was realised moments later as Ferreira found space on the left and swung in a superb inswinging right-foot cross which Kalou met, after losing his marker, to head past Al Habsi.

Before the cheers from the large Stamford Bridge crowd had died down Bolton were almost level.

Gretar Steinsson's free-kick eluded the Chelsea defence before finding its way through to Matthew Taylor with just Hilario to beat, but the goalkeeper blocked superbly.

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It was to be the Portuguese's final contribution to the match as a head injury he received in the process of making the save ultimately led to him being replaced by Ross Turnbull.

Chelsea's response to this blow, however, was to double their lead.

Malouda found Kalou in the box and although the cross struck Bolton defender Knight it fell perfectly for the Frenchman, who had only to hammer into a largely unguarded net.

Kalou should have made it 3-0 before half-time when he once again combined with winger Malouda, but the Ivorian's shot when through on goal was parried one-handed by Al Habsi.

Johan Elmander was introduced by Bolton at half-time to spark some life into the visitors, and he almost made an immediate impact.

Unfortunately, Mark Davies was unable to follow up Elmander's deft lay-off with an accurate finish and Turnbull was able to save comfortably.

Chelsea quickly re-assumed their control of the match and twice in the space of two minutes Daniel Sturridge should have scored on his first start for the club.

However, on both occasions when given a clear goalscoring opportunity the ex-Manchester City striker snatched at his shot and fired wide of the target.

It was left to a more experienced head to make Chelsea's progression to the quarter-finals secure, as Deco was given time and space in the box to collect Cole's left-wing cross, control and fire in to the bottom right-hand corner of Al Habsi's net.

With 10 minutes to go, Bolton were denied a chance to register a presence on the scoreline as Ivan Klasnic's shot struck a post and skipped wide.

Nine minutes later, Drogba rose above the Bolton defence to head a Cole cross in to provide the gloss finish to Chelsea's ninth successive home victory in all competitions this season.


Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"The first thing is to play well and to win a game.

"It happens we've won with large results recently, but that's not so important. Rather, we want to win the games.

"The team are working very well, maintaining good control defensively and offensively. This is the most important thing for the team, to have a balance."

Bolton manager Gary Megson:

"We didn't play as you need to play against the quality they have.

"It was a poor performance from minute one. We needed to score the first goal, but we were never going to do that with the way we approached it.

"I'm pleased to be playing them again on Saturday. We need to put on a performance."

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 4-0 Bolton FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Kalou 15
  • Malouda 26
  • Deco 67
  • Drogba 89

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 41,538
    CHELSEA
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Chelsea 59%
    • Bolton 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 10
    • Bolton 5

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 10
    • Bolton 3

    Corners

    • Chelsea 6
    • Bolton 2

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 13
    • Bolton 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:18 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+1:13 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight. Free kick taken by Samuel Ricketts.
    • 88:41 Assist by Joe Cole.
    • 88:41 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 4 - 0 Bolton Didier Drogba grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 4-0 Bolton.
    • 88:39 The ball is swung over by Joe Cole,
    • 87:31 Gary Cahill challenges Ross Turnbull unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ross Turnbull.
    • 86:58 Foul by Florent Malouda on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Jlloyd Samuel takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:03 Corner taken right-footed by Mark Davies, Shot from deep inside the area by Ivan Klasnic clears the bar.
    • 85:43 Shot by Ivan Klasnic from inside the penalty area hits the post.
    • 85:01 Florent Malouda takes a inswinging corner.
    • 84:00 Deco takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Davies.
    • 82:58 Zat Knight has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 82:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Mark Davies. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
    • 81:32 Deco produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 78:50 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Basham, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
    • 78:45 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Alex makes a clearance.
    • 78:05 Shot by Joe Cole. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 76:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juliano Belletti by Johan Elmander. Ross Turnbull takes the free kick.
    • 75:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Basham by Michael Essien. Shot comes in from Johan Elmander from the free kick.
    • 74:48 Zat Knight takes a shot. Save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 74:14 Unfair challenge on Chris Basham by Michael Ballack results in a free kick. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
    • 73:28 Didier Drogba delivers the ball, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 72:56 Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Deco. Deco takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:35 The official flags Johan Elmander offside. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:12 Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
    • 69:40 Samuel Ricketts challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.
    • 69:20 Johan Elmander gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira. Paulo Ferreira takes the direct free kick.
    • 67:58 The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 66:04 Joe Cole provided the assist for the goal.
    • 66:04 GOAL - DecoChelsea 3 - 0 Bolton Deco fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Bolton.
    • 65:51 Ricardo Gardner delivers the ball, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 64:39 The ball is crossed by Samuel Ricketts, brilliant save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 63:57 Substitution Chris Basham replaces Matthew Taylor.
    • 62:22 Effort on goal by Matthew Taylor from 20 yards. Save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 61:09 Substitution Didier Drogba joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Sturridge.
    • 61:01 Michael Essien has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 59:54 Corner taken by Deco from the left by-line, clearance made by Mark Davies.
    • 59:17 Foul by Mark Davies on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Joe Cole takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:03 Unfair challenge on Juliano Belletti by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Juliano Belletti takes the free kick.
    • 56:50 Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 55:49 Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 55:27 The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:07 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Florent Malouda.
    • 53:05 Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 51:28 Juliano Belletti takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • 50:10 Samuel Ricketts fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Zat Knight.
    • 49:40 Shot by Michael Essien from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 47:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Deco. Free kick crossed by Mark Davies, save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 46:27 Joe Cole has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • 45:01 Substitution Salomon Kalou leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Essien.
    • 45:01 Substitution Johan Elmander replaces Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:12 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+1:12 Michael Ballack has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 45:00+0:42 The ball is swung over by Samuel Ricketts, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 43:26 The ball is swung over by Michael Ballack, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 42:32 Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, save by Ross Turnbull.
    • 41:36 Salomon Kalou concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Cahill. Zat Knight restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:40 Salomon Kalou takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 38:12 Salomon Kalou has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 36:58 Deco gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Davies. Zat Knight takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:32 The ball is delivered by Juliano Belletti.
    • 34:47 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 33:48 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
    • 33:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Davies on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Deco.
    • 32:14 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Florent Malouda, save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 32:08 The ball is swung over by Juliano Belletti, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 30:52 Mark Davies is ruled offside. Ross Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:16 GOAL - Florent MaloudaChelsea 2 - 0 Bolton Florent Malouda finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Bolton.
    • 23:57 Inswinging corner taken by Deco from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
    • 22:24 Substitution Ross Turnbull comes on in place of Henrique Hilario.
    • 20:10 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 19:15 Unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 18:01 Juliano Belletti concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Klasnic. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from left channel, save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 15:27 Centre by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 14:31 Paulo Ferreira provided the assist for the goal.
    • 14:31 GOAL - Salomon KalouChelsea 1 - 0 Bolton Salomon Kalou scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 1-0 Bolton.
    • 14:28 Paulo Ferreira produces a cross,
    • 12:54 The ball is crossed by Juliano Belletti.
    • 11:41 Branislav Ivanovic challenges Ivan Klasnic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, Salomon Kalou makes a clearance.
    • 11:03 Juliano Belletti has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 9:55 Deco takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 7:50 Florent Malouda sends in a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
    • 7:36 Foul by Ricardo Gardner on Joe Cole, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Deco.
    • 5:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Gardner on Deco. Deco delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:29 A cross is delivered by Paulo Ferreira, clearance by Zat Knight.
    • 2:06 Unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 0:10 Joe Cole takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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