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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,348) 12th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

Stoke Stoke City vs Chelsea Chelsea

Stoke 0

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Chelsea 4

J Walters (og 45+2, og 62)
F Lampard (pen 65)
E Hazard (73)

Chelsea produced an excellent display to beat Stoke 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @graemebailey.   Last Updated: 13/01/13 10:36am

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Jon Walters: Heading into his own goal again

Jon Walters: Heading into his own goal again

Chelsea moved back into third place in the Premier League as they produced a commanding display to beat Stoke City 4-0 at the Britannia Stadium.

Rafa Benitez saw his side bounce back from their midweek defeat to Swansea with a convincing performance as they could, and should, have won by an even bigger margin in the Potteries.

Best of the Match:

  • Man of the Match: Frank Lampard. The cool finish from the penalty spot in the 65th minute capped off a professional outing from the Chelsea stalwart, showing why should maybe still be kept around at Stamford Bridge.
  • Attempt of the Match: Lampard's 25th minute attempt on goal from excellent build-up play drew a fine save Asmir Begovic to deny the visitors an opening goal.
  • Save of the Match: Lampard found Demba Ba out on the left in the 34th minute with a great pass, only for Begovic to stump the striker with an excellent reflex stop.
  • Goal of the Match: An absolute stunner from Eden Hazard in the 78th minute from outside the box, the Belgian playmaker taking out two defender after he took the ball on to his left and then unleashing a thunderbolt into the top left corner.
  • Talking point: Hugely impressive display from Chelsea, can this inspire them to a title charge?

But it was a real day to forget for Stoke's Jon Walters as he scored two own-goals before firing over a late penalty as the home side saw their unbeaten home record disappear.

The Potters had not lost at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League since February and have proved formidable opponents for the league's big guns, but this was their biggest home loss since returning to the top flight in 2008.

After a relatively uninspiring opening half, Chelsea went ahead on the stroke of half-time when Walters put a diving header into his own net as he looked to clear Cesar Azpilicueta's cross with Juan Mata pressuring him.

On the hour the officials made a huge call as referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot when Azpilicueta looked like he caught Matthew Etherington but, much to Chelsea's relief, assistant Sian Massey had flagged for offside and replays showed she was right.

Then, just minutes later, Chelsea doubled their lead and amazingly it was another own goal from Walters as he flicked in a Mata corner with Asmir Begovic helpless.

Suddenly the game was beyond Stoke when Chelsea won a penalty on 65 minutes as Mata went down under pressure from Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross, and Frank Lampard stepped up to hammer home.

Lampard could, and should, have added to that goal but he was denied from point-blank range by Begovic, who in truth kept the score respectable.

The game was put to bed 18 minutes from time and it was the pick of the goals as Eden Hazard fired into the top corner from 30 yards, a wonderful finish from the little Belgian.

Another huge cheer came from the away side as Chelsea captain John Terry made his long-awaited return from injury and the former England star did make a contribution as he gave away a late penalty.

Walters was quick to take the ball, but the Irishman's day went from bad to worse as he lashed his spot-kick high and it clipped the top of the bar.

The three points take Chelsea into third, above Tottenham who were held to a goalless draw at QPR earlier in the day.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 16 39
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
7 Arsenal 16 26
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 16 23
10 Everton 17 21
11 Liverpool 16 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 16 19
14 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
16 Sunderland 16 16
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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