Sunday, 25 October 2009

Five-star Chelsea back at the top

Lampard celebrates his second goal in front of a jubilant Chelsea crowd [GALLO/GETTY]Chelsea shot their way back to the top of the English Premier League with a resounding 5-0 record win over Blackburn.
Frank Lampard scored twice in a match dominated by Chelsea and his team led at half-time through an own-goal by Gael Givet.
Four second-half goals at Stamford Bridge sealed their biggest ever win in 102 years of games against Rovers.
"We wanted to bounce back and we've done it in style today,'' Lampard said.
"It was a determined performance and we've shown a little bit of what we're about.''
Tottenham could have gone level on points with leaders Manchester United with a victory but stayed in third place after a 1-0 loss to visiting Stoke, while Aston Villa drew 1-1 at lowly Wolves.
Sunderland were hoping to move into the top four but lost 2-1 at Birmingham.
In-form Lampard
Lampard scored with a firm shot, Michael Essien scored from about 35 yards, Lampard hit a penalty and Didier Drogba headed in, all goals coming by the 64th minute.
Chelsea now lead by two points from defending champions Manchester United, who could retake the top spot if they win at rivals Liverpool in a classic Sunday showdown.
Results & fixtures
Saturday October 24 B'ham 2-1 Sunderland Burnley 1-3 Wigan Chelsea 5-0 Blackburn Hull 0-0 Portsmouth Tottenham 0-1 Stoke Wolves 1-1 Aston VillaSunday October 25 Bolton v Everton Liverpool v Man Utd Man City v Fulham West Ham v ArsenalTottenham, Aston Villa and Sunderland all missed good chances to close on the leaders on Saturday.
Givet put Chelsea ahead in the 20th minute when he redirected Nicolas Anelka's pass into his own net, but the Blues had to wait until three minutes into the second half to score again.
Lampard rushed into the area to smash in a rebound, and nine minutes later Essien scored with a similarly fierce shot from about twice as far out.
Lampard scored a 59th-minute penalty following a foul by Ryan Nelsen on Drogba, and the Ivory Coast striker rounded off the scoring with a close-range header from a corner.
Chelsea have previously twice beaten Blackburn 5-1, most recently in 1964.
The Blues moved up to 24 points from 10 games, two more than United and five more than Tottenham, who dominated visiting Stoke but played the last 13 minutes with 10 men after an injury to winger Aaron Lennon and conceded a goal with four minutes left.
Frustration for Robbie Keane of Spurs [GALLO/GETTY]Missed chances
Ricardo Fuller burst down the right at White Hart Lane and cut a pass back to substitute Glenn Whelan, who smashed a shot past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
"We had so many chances, the keeper's made great saves, they've kicked shots off the line and they've only had one shot worth talking about,'' Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said.
Tottenham's third loss of the season left them on 19 points and likely to be overtaken by Arsenal and Manchester City on Sunday.
The fourth-place Gunners are at West Ham, while fifth-place Manchester City host Fulham on Sunday. Bolton host Everton in Sunday's other match.
Villa are two points behind Tottenham in sixth place.
Villa took the lead in the 79th at Wolves through Gabriel Agbonlahor's sixth goal of the season but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equalised four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell.
Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden gave Birmingham victory over Sunderland, who scored only in the 82nd through an own goal.
Hugo Rodallega scored twice to lead Wigan to a 3-1 win at Burnley, while Portsmouth and Hull stayed in the bottom three after a 0-0 draw at KC Stadium.

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