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Stamford Bridge (ATT 40,999) 25th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Chelsea Chelsea vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

Chelsea 3

D Luiz (48)
D Drogba (61)
F Lampard (79)


Bolton 0

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 4:53 pm, February 25th 2012

  1. Thanks for joining me on the commentary today, I hope you enjoyed the coverage. I'll see you next time.

  2. Well that's just the result Chelsea needed after a torrid few weeks. Three second-half goals from Luiz, Drogba and Lampard enough to see off Bolton.

  3. There's the full-time whistle! Chelsea 3-0 Bolton the final score.

  4. 90+3

    Torres sends an effort over in the dying seconds. That should be that...

  5. 90+1

    Kalou with a looping header at the far post...over the bar! He has been pretty lively since his introduction from the bench.

  6. 90

    Three minutes of added time signaled by the fourth official.

  7. 89

    With Roman Abramovich watching in the stands, this is an important win for Andre Villas-Boas, although the performance hasn't exactly been imperious.

  8. 88

    Chelsea sub: Ramires off, Mikel on

  9. 87

    Chelsea just knocking the ball around in defence, with little pressure from Bolton. They suddenly switch the pace and go from defence to attack, Torres cuts into the area and pulls the trigger...over the bar!

  10. 85

    The crowd chant Frank Lampard's name as the game edges towards the final whistle. He has been excellent today.

  11. 83

    Deflected shot from Muamba flies out for a Chelsea corner but Bolton can't make anything of it.

  12. 82

    Strong challenge from Ramires in the middle of the park with the ball bouncing all over the shop. He's been tough in the tackle today.

  13. 81

    Well Bolton are merely playing for pride now, they have really been poor since the interval, despite a spirited first-half display.

  14. 80

    Chelsea sub: Kalou on, Sturridge off.

  15. Sumptuous ball from Mata to the far post where Lampard strokes home with real composure. Great assist and that's game, set and match. 3-0.

  16. 79


  17. 77

    So it's Drogba that makes way for the Spaniard, and he has certainly played his part today. Let's see what Torres can add to the game.

  18. 76

    Chelsea sub: Torres on, Drogba off

  19. 75

    Bolton sub: Eagles on, Tuncay off

  20. 74

    There is rapturous applause for Torres as he warms up down on the touchline...think he may be coming on for Sturridge pretty soon.

  21. 72

    Pratley tries to get a move going for Bolton but there aren't many options going forward. The long ball goes forward for Miyaichi and they win a throw down the left.

  22. 70

    Pressure from Chelsea as Lampard then Mata look to find blue shirts in the box, Ream heads it away at the last, although Bolton are now getting carved open with relative ease.

  23. 69

    I don't actually think Petr Cech has had a save to make in this game. Owen Coyle's men have huffed and puffed, but as a cross comes in that is easily claimed, he may regret not having a go earlier.

  24. 68

    Bolton need something quickly if they are going to get back into this game. Sam Ricketts with a speculative effort...well wide of the target.

  25. 67

    Well it is safe to say David Ngog did absolutely nothing during the hour that he was on the pitch. Poor display although he was starved of service.

  26. 66

    Bolton sub: Ngog off, Sordell on

  27. 64

    Great skill from Miyaichi down the left wing to beat two Chelsea players, he gets to the by-line and pulls it back across goal, cleared away at the last!

  28. 62

    It's suddenly wave upon wave of Chelsea attacks with Lampard integral in midfield. It breaks to him in the area and Bogdan palms the ball away! Another shot is fired in and again the goalkeeper is up to it!

  29. Drogba nods in from the corner to make it 2-0 to Chelsea! A super delivery from Lampard but where was the Bolton defending?

  30. 59


  31. 59

    Well that was a stroke of fortune for the away side, who in all honesty, have offered very little going forward so far.

  32. 57

    Space is appearing all over the pitch now and Chelsea are looking to exploit it as Bolton come out in search of an equaliser.

  33. 55

    Luiz has an effort cleared off the line brilliantly by Miyaichi! That header might have hit the post - either way it was close

  34. 53

    Bolton looking more expansive now but Miyaichi hasn't had the best of afternoons out on this left touchline.

  35. 52

    Wanderers press and Reo-Coker drags a shot wide from the edge of the area! That was close!

  36. 50

    That's exactly the start Bolton didn't need but they come searching for an immediate equaliser. The corner comes into the near post, headed away.

  37. Lovely goal from the Brazilian defender who brought the ball forward with great swagger before breaking into the area and finishing past Bogdan with a sweet curling effort. 1-0!

  38. 48

    GOAL - LUIZ!

  39. 46

    You can immediately see that Chelsea have come out with more energy and purpose. But will that be enough to break this stubborn Bolton defence?

  40. The match restarts for the second 45.

  41. Well Adam Bogdan has had to make one smart save but Bolton have defended really well so far and frustrated Chelsea to few chances.

  42. The referee calls time on the first-half. It's 0-0 at the break here.

  43. 45

    One minute of added time to be played in the first half. Suddenly Bolton find themselves in an excellent position and Miyaichi has a shot from an acute angle...not too far over!

  44. 44

    Chelsea continue to probe outside the Bolton box but have been restricted to few clear-cut chances so far.

  45. 43

    Pratley looks to win a penalty going down under the challenge of Luiz, but the referee isn't buying it and issues a yellow card for diving.

  46. 41

    Not long until half-time now and Chelsea nearly have a clear opportunity, but Ivanovic gets in Drogba's way just as he was about to pull the trigger!

  47. 39

    Darren Pratley goes down in the area under the challenge of Cahill but no appeals for a penalty, it looked like a decent challenge. At the other end Mata balloons a cross over the bar.

  48. 38

    Drogba drives forward with purpose down the left and he almost gets the ball out of his feet to find Cole, hacked clear by the defender.

  49. 37

    Swift break from Chelsea and it's a great counterattack. The ball is laid off to Sturridge who pulls the trigger with his left foot...easily wide.

  50. 35

    Corner to Wanderers now...if they are going to get on the scoresheet it looks like a set piece will be there only chance, but Tuncay's delivery is poor.

  51. 33

    Nice ball through to Sturridge from Luiz and he pulls the trigger from the left side of the area...blocked well by the defender.

  52. 31

    Free-kick to Bolton down the right but it's a poor delivery from Steinsson. The Trotters are keeping the ball in the Chelsea half which is a start though.

  53. 29

    Ngog heads clear for Bolton this time but Chelsea retain possession. Essien lays it off to Ramires who tries a toe-poke on goal, easily saved.

  54. 28

    Fine save Bogdan! Ramires broke out of midfield for Chelsea and fed the ball to Sturridge who looked to curl one into the far corner..tipped wide!

  55. 27

    More pressure from Chelsea as Lampard swings a second ball into the finds Ivanovic but his header goes wide.

  56. 26

    Quick feet from Sturridge sees the Chelsea forward dance into the opposition area, with Wheater forced to smack clear. Another home corner.

  57. 25

    Ricketts slices a clearance up into the air but Bogdan keeps his eye on the ball and catches with confidence. Good goalkeeping.

  58. 24

    Luiz brings the ball out of defence and feeds it low to Drogba who touches it to Essien looking for a first-time pass to Lampard, but he gets it all wrong.

  59. 23

    Corner for the away side now and it's swung to the backpost where Wheater gets his head to the ball...over the bar with the referee calling a foul against the Bolton man.

  60. 21

    The longer the score remains 0-0 the better for Bolton. They are beginning to grow in confidence as the clock ticks along.

  61. 20

    Suddenly though they are cut open down the left as Mata is slipped into the area with a lovely pass, the Spaniard fires it across goal...cleared by the defender!

  62. 19

    It's all Chelsea pressure now but Bolton have thus far done well at the back - defence has been their problem this season.

  63. 18

    Another solid header from Ream but Drogba is then fouled in midfield. Chelsea take a quick free-kick and the Ivorian has a shot on the turn...straight at Bogdan.

  64. 17

    Ream seems to have coped with physical presence of Drogba so far, but just as I say that the striker almost gets the better of Wheater inside the area, but the referee blows his whistle for foul.

  65. 16

    The match has become a bit scrappy in the last few minutes and Bolton seem to have weathered the early storm. Can they get a foothold now?

  66. 14

    Bolton have a corner and it's sent to the near post but Lampard is there to head clear. A long throw is flung in, again cleared.

  67. 13

    The ball almost fall to a blue shirt in the area but Wheater smacks it clear. It's fired back into the mixer but Bogdan gets down low to save.

  68. 12

    Corner to Chelsea now and the home fans find their voice - decent atmosphere inside the ground today.

  69. 11

    Miyaichi down the Bolton left has half a yard after cutting inside, he shoots from outside the area but it's a terrible effort that drifts out for a throw.

  70. 10

    Bolton string a few passes together but Tuncay's low ball into the box is cut out before Luiz heads clear.

  71. 9

    A header comes in from the corner but it's straight at Bogdan. Good start from Chelsea here, can they convert their pressure into a goal?

  72. 8

    Lampard rounds the goalkeeper but Bogdan does well to get down low and Chelsea have a corner! Successive set pieces from the home side as they crank up the pressure.

  73. 7

    The poneytailed Tuncay Sanli loses possession in the middle of the park and Essien tees up a shot...not too far over from 35 yards out.

  74. 6

    Chelsea have started well here and Ramires breaks forward down the right, cutting inside before drilling the ball across goal...but the defender blocks.

  75. 5

    Wonderful surging run from Sturridge results in a stinging low shot from the striker...saved well by Bogdan! Great pace from Sturridge but credit to Lampard whose tough tackle set up the attack.

  76. 4

    Indecision from Luiz and Lampard inside their own area almost results in David Ngog getting a sight on goal, but he is penalised for a foul.

  77. 3

    Shot on target for the Blues but Adam Bogdan saves comfortably. It's a big afternoon for him after his woeful performance in this fixture earlier in the season.

  78. 2

    David Luiz lofts a nice ball down the left, looking for Ashley Cole in an advanced position, but the flag is up for offside. Chelsea press down their right now.

  79. 1

    Early ball down the right from Bolton but Ngog can't quite retain possession. Chelsea knock it along the backline.

  80. 1

    The match gets underway

  81. The two teams emerge from the tunnel and we are just minutes from kick-off...

  82. Anything less than three points for Chelsea today and you feel AVB will surely be on his way out of West London. Bolton are in the mire though and in desperate need of a boost.

  83. Let's not forget Bolton have not beaten Chelsea since 2003. They were thumped 5-1 earlier in the campaign when Adam Bogdan had a day to forget.

  84. The referee this afternoon is Michael Oliver.

  85. It really has been a miserable few weeks for Chelsea. They produced a decent display at San Paolo in midweek but defensively looked all at sea - as they have done for most of the season. Interestingly, the last time they had fewer points after 25 games in the Premier League was in 2000-01.

  86. SKYBET: Frank Lampard has scored more goals against Bolton than against any other team in the Premier League and is 5/4 to score against the Trotters today. Owen Coyle's men are 9/1 to get a much-needed at Stamford Bridge, with a home win 2/7 and the draw 9/2.

  87. AVB folds to player power, crumbling under the pressure from the senior men in the dressing room! Apologies for the hyperbole, but that's what the papers will say tomorrow. Let me know your opinions on his team selection.

  88. So Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have returned to the Chelsea line-up. Mark Davies doesn't make it for Wanderers.

  89. Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Tuncay, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Eagles, Knight, Klasnic, Boyata, Sordell

  90. Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Meireles, Kalou, Bertrand

  91. Here's the team news...

  92. Good afternoon everyone from a sunny Stamford Bridge. This is a MASSIVE game for Andre Villas-Boas, it's a MASSIVE game for Owen Coyle. I can barely contain my excitement...

  93. Live updates will appear here from 1500 GMT.



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