• Date: Sat 20 February 2010
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Ref: Friend, K
  • Attendance: 28,978
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Drogba (40)

Drogba (67)

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea

Team Lineups

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Kevin Foley (Greg Halford, 77)
Karl Henry
Stephen Ward, S
David Jones (Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, 77)
Matt Jarvis (Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, 77)
Adlene Guedioura
Kevin Doyle


Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Paulo Ferreira
John Terry
Joe Cole
John Obi Mikel
Michael Ballack
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov (Jeffrey Bruma, 56)
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka

Match Report
Didier Drogba took his goal tally for the season to 25 with a double to fire Chelsea four points clear at the top of the Premier League as they ground out a hard-earned 2-0 success against battling Wolves. Manchester United's 3-1 defeat at Everton earlier in the day had given Chelsea the chance to open up a commanding gap over their title rivals. It was an opportunity that they were not about to squander but it was a far from convincing display by Carlo Ancelotti's side. Their one move of real class allowed Drogba to make the decisive breakthrough in the 40th minute as Wolves were left cursing themselves for failing to make some early pressure pay. Drogba then made the game safe after 67 minutes as Chelsea recorded only a second win in their last seven games on the road. Mick McCarthy's side had pegged Chelsea back in the opening skirmishes but, with Petr Cech denying Kevin Doyle and later Adlene Guedioura and Kevin Foley, Wolves were left without any reward for another improved performance. Chelsea recalled skipper John Terry following his off-the-field problems and it proved a predictably uncomfortable afternoon for the former England skipper who was targeted by the taunts of the Wolves fans every time he touched the ball. He almost gifted Wolves a 63rd-minute equaliser when he missed his clearance on the edge of the area to let in Foley but his blushes were spared by Cech. Terry had the last laugh as Chelsea warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Internazionale by moving a step closer to winning the title with a victory that leaves Wolves still in the thick of the battle for survival at the opposite end of the table. Wolves have now won just one of their last eight league games but they looked anything but a relegation-threatened side in the opening exchanges and would have taken a deserved 20th-minute lead but for the alertness of Cech. Wolves had already threatened through Kevin Doyle and Foley before the quick thinking of the two Irishmen combined to create an excellent opening. Doyle latched on to Foley's quickly-taken throw-in and homed in on goal only to see his shot palmed away at the near post by Cech. Matt Jarvis and Dave Jones were also narrowly off target as Chelsea struggled to create a chance of their own - before Drogba struck five minutes before half-time. All he had to do was tap the ball home from two yards as the hard work had been done for him by Michael Ballack and Yury Zhirkov. When Zhirkov picked out Ballack the Russian raced into the area to collect a return pass and drilled his centre across the face of goal where Drogba was on hand to make no mistake from close range at the far post. If Chelsea hoped to take charge after Drogba's sixth goal in five games, they were sadly mistaken. Wolves continued to carry a threat and when a Jarvis cross picked out Guedioura at the far post in the 55th minute it needed a stunning save from Cech to retain Chelsea's advantage. But Cech produced an even better stop eight minutes later from Foley following Terry's error. It was a decisive moment as Drogba then made the game safe with a goal that had McCarthy fuming on the touchline. Cech's long clearance went straight to Drogba and he muscled his way past Christophe Berra before steering his shot beyond Marcus Hahnemann.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The referee blows the whistle for full time


There are 3 minutes of added time still to play


Terry once again clears the ball off the line straight from a long throw. Terry must have thought Cech or Craddock had a touch there


Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for a foul on Terry but there didn't appear to be too much contact


Doyle is fouled by Ivanovic and wins a free kick for Wolves, which they waste due to a lack of bodies in the box


Drogba's shot goes just over the bar. Good effort by the Chelsea striker


Anelka is almost through on goal but Zubar does well to come across and cover for Wolves


Henry makes a mess of an attempt at goal after a good long throw. Seconds later, Doyle's shot goes wide of Cech's post


Jones is replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake


Foley comes off for Greg Halford


Jarvis comes off for Geoffrey Mujangi Bia


Ward picks out Foley, who finds Henry. This is neat build-up play from Wolves in midfield but it comes to nothing as the ball rolls out for a goal kick


The game isn't quite as frantic following that second goal, which must be a massive blow for Wolves, who looked the likeliest to score prior to Drogba's intervention


Terry clears a cross from Jarvis but Wolves win the ball back well. Doyle sprints forward but the ball runs out of play


Drogba scores out of nowhere once again following a long ball from Cech. That goal was all about the striker's strength


Anelka skews his shot wide after poor play from Wolves. End-to-end play at the moment


Foley's shot is blocked well by John Obi Mikel

Yellow Card

Ballack is booked for a cynical foul on Henry. This game is really hotting up now


Terry makes a big mistake to allow Foley a clear goal-scoring opportunity but then makes up for his error by clearing the ball off the line


Jones is pulled back in a great position and a free kick is given but no yellow card. Another strange decision from the referee


Wolves look like they believe they can get something out of this game, whilst Chelsea look nervous at the moment


Wolves appeal for a penalty after Ivanovic pulls down Doyle cynically. That looked like a definite spot kick but the referee just wasn't interested


Zhirkov comes off for Jeffrey Bruma


Cech pulls off a brilliant save from Guedioura's volley


Zubar looks to be OK to continue after that knock


Zubar is down injured after a challenge with Anelka


Wolves are still finding it fairly easy to cope with Chelsea, who are lacking a creative spark


Anelka tries to pick out Drogba but Karl Henry tracks back well to win the ball


Drogba and Christophe Berra battle away and it's the Wolves man who reaches the ball first and puts it out of play


Drogba is left limping after being caught by Craddock. Didn't look like much contact there but he looks uncomfortable

Second half

The second half is underway

Half time

The referee blows the whistle for half time


Ballack and Anelka try to play a neat one-two but they can't quite pull it off


Wolves have responded well to that goal, with good possession and confident play in midfield


Drogba scores from nowhere after brilliant play from Zhirkov down the left. Very much against the run of play


Stephen Ward makes a mess of a good chance for Wolves as he can't make up his mind between a cross and a shot after fantastic play through midfield from the home side


Jones does well to get a good block in with John Terry about to pull the trigger from a Chelsea corner


Cole tries to drive the ball towards goal and the linesman gives a corner even though there didn't seem to be a deflection


Jones takes a clever free kick for Wolves from the edge of the box but the ball sails just wide from a difficult angle


Cech makes a fairly comfortable save from Matt Jarvis after good build-up play from David Jones and Guedioura


Ballack tries to pick out Cole in a good position but the ball runs harmlessly through to Guedioura


Ballack shoots but the ball flies narrowly over the bar


No more sign of that Chelsea sub but Wolves are dominating at the moment


Adlene Guedioura seems to win the ball off Cole but the Chelsea man goes down theatrically and wins a free kick. Florent Malouda takes it for Chelsea but Wolves clear with ease


Chelsea are trying to play through the middle too much at the moment and Wolves will be happy with the way this is going


Cech pulls off a great save after Doyle's instinctive shot towards the near post


Carlo Ancelotti seems to be preparing to make a substitution, with none of the Chelsea players looking injured. Would be an odd decision from the Chelsea boss


Wolves fans appeal half-heartedly for a penalty as Zhirkov seems to make light contact with Foley


Ballack shoots wide of the target after threatening play from Zhirkov on the wing and Drogba


Great chance for Wolves as Doyle skips past a couple of Chelsea players but gets his strike wrong at the last second


Petr Cech fires the ball up towards Drogba but Ronald Zubar heads clear. Anelka poses a few problems for the Wolves defenders but they do well to clear


Danger for Wolves as Joe Cole plays in Zhirkov but Craddock comes across to deal with the situation after Foley was caught napping


It's been a pulsating start to this game, with some good movement from Chelsea but Wolves are looking strong at the back


Craddock wins the ball ahead of Drogba once again, with a long ball aimed at the striker put out of play clinically by the Wolves man


Kevin Foley tries to pick out Kevin Doyle in the box but Branislav Ivanovic cuts out the danger for Chelsea


Michael Ballack fires a header wide after a good cross from Yuri Zhirkov, who was played in well by Nicolas Anelka


Jody Craddock gets the better of Didier Drogba in a promising position for Chelsea, with the Wolves man nicking in front of the imposing striker and winning the ball brilliantly


Referee Kevin Friend gets the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff

Chelsea will be looking to widen the gap at the top of the table after United's defeat at Everton, whilst Wolves will be desperate to pull away from the relegation zone with all three points here today