• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 41,755
Chelsea

Chelsea

Alex (16)

Drogba (56)

Malouda (77)

Drogba (90)

4 - 1

Chelsea vs West Ham United

Team Lineups

Chelsea

Ross Turnbull
Branislav Ivanovic (Yuri Zhirkov, 80)
Paulo Ferreira
John Terry
Rodrigo da Costa Alex
Frank Lampard
John Obi Mikel
Michael Ballack
Florent Malouda (Salomon Kalou, 87)
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka (Joe Cole, 66)

West Ham United

Robert Green
Danny Gabbidon
Matthew Upson
Jonathan Spector
Fabio Daprela
Kieron Dyer (Junior Stanislas, 68)
Scott Parker
Radoslav Kovac
Valon Behrami
Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan (Alessandro Diamanti, 84)
Ahmed Hossam Mido (Carlton Cole, 68)

Match Report
Florent Malouda inspired Chelsea to three vital points as they defeated West Ham United 4-1 at Stamford Bridge to return to the top of the league. The French wideman set up goals for Alex and Didier Drogba before scoring the third goal himself. Drogba hit his second goal of the afternoon in stoppage time while the visitors' goal came from a Scott Parker blaster which briefly brought the east Londoners back into the game. Drogba had a fine chance on 11 minutes, beating the Hammers back four but failing to control the ball and shooting aimlessly wide. West Ham, with Carlton Cole on the bench, seemed to have come to defend and counter-attack and, on 13 minutes, had just chance to open the scoring. An error by Paulo Ferreira let in Mido who passed to Araujo Ilan but he skied the ball over Ross Turnbull's crossbar. Chelsea responded within seconds and an unmarked Alex powered a header from eight yards past a hapless Robert Green to put the west Londoners 1-0 up. Drogba then pressurised Matthew Upson who clipped his own crossbar seconds later. The Ivory Coast international again had another good chance on 28 minutes but headed Frank Lampard's cross wide. West Ham's second chance on goal resulted in a screamer from ex-Blue Parker who let fly from 20 yards and the ball sailed high past Turnbull - giving the former Middlesbrough goalkeeper no chance. He received the ball direct from a Kieron Dyer throw-in which looked like a foul one. Chelsea responded well with fine one-touch football. On 36 minutes, Green was forced to make a good save from a low Lampard drive. Again, good approach play from Chelsea saw another chance - this time Ferreira had a header from close range that flew straight to Green. Chelsea restored their lead on 56 minutes and it was from an excellent build-up. Drogba fed the ball to John Terry who passed it out wide to Malouda. The Frenchman put in an inch-perfect cross to the incoming Drogba who nodded home from three yards. Green was forced to make another fine save when he parried away an Alex header 60 seconds later. Joe Cole entered the fray on 66 minutes and a minute later West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola brought on Carlton Cole and Junior Stanislas for Mido and Dyer. Chelsea's dominance of the game was affirmed on 77 minutes when Malouda took the ball to the edge of the West Ham area and slotted home a deft left-footer past Green's despairing dive. Lampard almost made it four but his six-yard effort from Malouda's pass clipped off the West Ham upright with four minutes remaining. Drogba sealed the emphatic victory on 90 minutes with his own tap-in after Green had failed to hold Lampard's drive.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The referee blows the whistle for full time

89
Goal
 

Drogba scores with his left foot from close range after Green fumbled the ball

86
Substitution
 

Malouda leaves the pitch to be replaced by Salomon Kalou. Malouda has played extremely well today

85

Lampard hits the post after great play from Malouda once again. Chelsea are carving West Ham open at the moment

82
Substitution
 

Alessandro Diamanti comes on for Ilan

82

Lampard strikes the ball but it hits Parker and goes behind for a corner. Malouda takes it and Cole takes a shot but Daprela can clear comfortably

80

Drogba is fouled by Parker. Ballack takes the free kick but it comes to nothing for Chelsea

79
Substitution
 

Yuri Zhirkov comes on for Ivanovic

78

Cole chips the ball to the back post and Drogba flings himself at it but Green comes out to prevent the chance

76
Goal
 

Malouda shoots low after surging into the box making the most of his neat footwork and the ball whacks the back of the net

73

Mikel's shot from 40 yards goes just wide of the post

72

Alex takes a free kick from range but it's blocked on the edge of the box. Parker eventually picks up the loose ball and West Ham break forward before Terry clears

70

Parker seems OK now and play resumes

68

Parker barges into the box and bangs into Ivanovic. Parker looks to be injured but Chelsea break forward regardless before eventually putting the ball out of play

66
Substitution
 

Junior Stanislas comes on for Dyer

66
Substitution
 

Mido comes off for Carlton Cole

66

Cole strikes the ball well but it hits the leg of Gabbidon

65
Substitution
 

Anelka is replaced by Joe Cole

63

Chelsea have slowed the pace of their play down a little in recent minutes as they look to control the game in midfield

61

Malouda's right-footed cross into the box is smothered by Green, with Anelka lurking

59

Ilan finds Kovac, who shoots but his attempt is blocked. Kovac's second attempt at goal is also blocked by Terry

59

Malouda tries to play Drogba through with a curved pass but Matthew Upson steers the ball back to Green

57

Chelsea have another chance to score but Green saves brilliantly down low

55
Goal
 

John Terry surges forward brilliantly with the ball and finds Malouda. Malouda's cross is converted by Drogba, who heads home from close range

53

Malouda crosses into the box and Ballack is there but Fabio Daprela heads away the danger

52

Mikel gives the ball away carelessly to Parker, who finds Kovac but he wastes possession and Chelsea are back in control

50

Dyer cuts inside and attempts to bend the ball in towards the goal but he gets his effort all wrong in the end

48
Yellow Card
 

Mido is booked for a challenge on Ballack

47

Malouda takes a free kick into the box but it's cleared by West Ham. Seconds later, the ball bounces around in the West Ham box until the referee flags for a free kick to the away side

Second half
 

The second half is underway at Stamford Bridge

Half time
 

It is half time at Stamford Bridge

44

Mikel's shot is blocked by Kovac. West Ham are living dangerously right now

42

Malouda sends a wicked ball into the box but Gabbidon is there once again for West Ham to prevent the chance

41

Malouda shoots towards goal from a tight angle but Spector slides in to prevent the danger

38

Ferreira's header from Malouda's cross is saved by Green. Not enough pace on that header but it was a difficult chance

37

Mikel picks out Nicolas Anelka, who shoots towards goal but the ball is collected comfortably by Green

35

Ilan plays through Dyer with a neat ball after a West Ham break but he's flagged offside by the linesman

34

Green makes a decent one-handed save from Lampard's shot after some neat build-up play from the home side

32

Drogba surges into the box but Gabbidon can clear for a Chelsea corner. Alex heads the ball over from the corner

29
Goal
 

Parker scores a wonderful goal from range, taking one touch on his chest and hitting it early, giving Turnbull no chance to make the save

27

Drogba's hanging header at the back post from Lampard's accurate cross fails to hit the target

26

Parker touches the ball back to Robert Green from a Drogba header with Lampard threatening

24

Malouda goes down right on the edge of the box after a challenge by Radoslav Kovac. Chelsea win the free kick and Drogba takes it but he skies the ball high and wide

22

Kieron Dyer battles with Branislav Ivanovic on the wing but his cross is cleared on the edge of the box

22

That early Ilan miss is looking very costly for West Ham at the moment. They're failing to get a foothold in this game

20

Drogba tries to find Ballack on the edge of the box with a cushioned header but West Ham can clear

19

Drogba cuts in from the left and tries to burst between two West Ham players but can't quite squeeze through with the ball

17

Chelsea are all over West Ham now, who look shell-shocked by that goal. Can't say it hadn't been coming

15
Goal
 

Malouda's cross is headed in emphatically by Rodrigo da Costa Alex. Poor defending from West Ham there

14

Ahmed Hossam Mido tackles Ferreira and wins the ball, much to the delight of the vociferous away fans

12

From 10 yards out, Ilan sends an effort over the bar. He should have done better in that position but the ball may have taken a nasty bounce just in front of him

10

John Obi Mikel passes to Didier Drogba but his shot is skewed into the side netting. Decent chance for Chelsea there

9

This has been a good period of pressure from the home side, with Malouda looking particularly lively

7

Malouda sprints forward with the ball but is adjudged to have fouled a West Ham player by the referee

5

Ferreira zips past Spector but fails to nip the ball past Gabbidon at the near post. From the corner, Ballack gets a head to the ball but Parker clears

3

Jonathan Spector puts the ball out of play with Renato Paulo Ferreira looking threatening. Seconds later, Frank Lampard's shot is blocked on the edge of the box by Danny Gabbidon

1

Florent Malouda slices an attempt about five yards wide of the post from the edge of the box. Hint of indecision there from Malouda

1

West Ham have seen a fair bit of the ball in these opening minutes, with Scott Parker and Araujo Dall'lgna Ilan taking neat touches

Kickoff
 

Referee Mark Clattenburg gets the game started

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Chelsea start with Ross Turnbull for the first time in the league, whilst Michael Ballack returns from suspension. West Ham make a total of five changes