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  • Date:15 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:40,846
  • Ivanovic (56) Anelka (75)
Goal!

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91:30 +1.30

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Sturridge goes over the bar.

90:14 +0.14

Foul by Ashley Cole on Mame Diouf, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

87:06

Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line to the near post. Daniel Sturridge produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

86:13

Daniel Sturridge joins the action as a substitute, replacing Florent Malouda. Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

85:01

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

84:42

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.

82:54

Jason Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba, blocked by Christopher Samba.

78:45

Nicolas Anelka leaves the field to be replaced by Salomon Kalou. Joshua McEachran on for Michael Essien.

78:09

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.

77:36

Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Michael Essien results in a free kick. Gael Givet restarts play with the free kick.

75:44

Nicolas Anelka finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Blackburn.Didier Drogba takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Assist on the goal came from Branislav Ivanovic. Blocked by Nicolas Anelka.

69:24

Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.

67:17

Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Hoilett. Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. David Hoilett gets a block in. Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line. John Terry has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

59:37

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

56:16

Goal scored by Branislav Ivanovic from close in low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Blackburn.Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda played to the near post, John Terry provided the assist for the goal.

54:08

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Shot by Didier Drogba from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

52:29

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Mame Diouf misses to the left of the goal.

51:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

49:27

Florent Malouda booked for unsporting behaviour. Florent Malouda concedes a free kick for a foul on Mame Diouf. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

47:59

John Terry challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

46:10

Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

45:54 +0.54

Corner taken by Florent Malouda.

45:26

Roque Santa Cruz joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nikola Kalinic.

44:03

Nikola Kalinic is ruled offside. John Terry restarts play with the free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

41:58

Corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line, clearance made by Mame Diouf.

40:56

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Outswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line, clearance by Christopher Samba. Nicolas Anelka takes a shot.

39:40

Foul by Nikola Kalinic on Branislav Ivanovic, free kick awarded. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

39:20

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

37:46

Ramires has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

37:46

Ramires takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.

37:00

Didier Drogba fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.

36:08

Frank Lampard has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

34:18

Nicolas Anelka produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

33:12

Jason Lowe takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

32:25

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Jason Lowe manages to make a clearance.

31:29

Frank Lampard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Nelsen. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

29:31

Jose Bosingwa has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

28:53

Frank Lampard takes a outswinging corner.

23:09

David Dunn goes off and Jason Lowe comes on. Didier Drogba has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

22:26

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Hoilett. Free kick taken by John Terry.

21:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikola Kalinic by Branislav Ivanovic. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.

20:10

Foul by David Dunn on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. John Terry takes the free kick.

19:06

Short corner worked by Nicolas Anelka.

18:14

Mame Diouf challenges Branislav Ivanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Terry takes the direct free kick.

17:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Michael Essien produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

15:15

The referee blows for offside against Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

12:32

Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

10:09

Jose Bosingwa concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

5:19

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

3:21

David Hoilett takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

1:06

Corner from left by-line taken by Florent Malouda. Ramires takes a shot.

The referee gets the game underway.

The referee calls an end to the first half.

The referee gets the second half started.

The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

Match Preview

Ancelotti laughs at Lampard's Scolari comparison Carlo Ancelotti has laughed off Frank Lampard's claim the current atmosphere at Chelsea was like the final days under Luiz Felipe Scolari and revealed he had spoken to Roman Abramovich about the club's miserable run. Lampard compared the confidence of the squad at present to that during the end of Scolari's doomed reign just under two years ago. The Blues are on an even poorer run than they were at that time - indeed, their worst in the league for almost 15 years - and have all but surrendered their title. Despite this, Ancelotti continues to enjoy the backing of the club's billionaire benefactor, who he spoke to over the telephone this week and who may attend the game against Blackburn. Ancelotti admitted Abramovich was "not happy" with recent results but that their exchange had been "positive", giving him confidence to shrug off Lampard's outburst. "This is not good news!" he joked when asked about his vice-captain's concerns. "I think the players, the team, lost some confidence in their football, the football that we played very well last year. "But I think we are able to come back and play the same." Ancelotti, whose side have slumped to fifth, added: "I don't know the feeling with Scolari, but the feeling here with the players is very good. "Maybe it's the same atmosphere, but we have the capacity to move on. "We are very close. I support the players at this moment, and the players support me. "I think it's not a big problem if the players are not happy, no? "I think the only reason they are not happy sometimes is that we didn't get the right results. This is the only reason." Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Michael Essien and Ashley Cole could all return to the Chelsea side against Blackburn. The quartet were all rested for Sunday's 7-0 FA Cup third-round thrashing of Ipswich and manager Ancelotti must decide whether to recall them against Rovers. Ancelotti has no new injury concerns, with Alex, John Obi Mikel (both knee), Yury Zhirkov (calf) and Yossi Benayoun (Achilles) all still sidelined. Blackburn will have new signing Roque Santa Cruz available to face Chelsea. The Paraguay striker has rejoined Rovers on loan from Manchester City and after completing a medical, signed in time to be in contention to play at Stamford Bridge. Goalkeeper Paul Robinson is fit to return after a calf injury and Steven Nzonzi (hamstring) could be back in contention. Nikola Kalinic is back from suspension while Gael Givet and Martin Olsson have overcome knocks. Vince Grella, Keith Andrews and Phil Jones remain on the sidelines and Brett Emerton is on international duty with Australia. Santa Cruz jumped at the chance to return to Ewood Park, and told the club`s official website: "I feel like I am coming home. This has been the easiest decision of my career. "I want to get playing and scoring goals again and this is a real chance for me to prove myself after a frustrating period. Everyone knows what Blackburn Rovers means to me."

Formation:433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

Formation: 433Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

  • Petr Cech
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Michael Essien
  • Ramires
  • Frank Lampard
  • Nicolas Anelka
  • Didier Drogba
  • Florent Malouda
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Mikel
  • Paulo Ferreira
  • Salomon Kalou
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Jeffrey Bruma
  • Joshua McEachran

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Match Report

Blues end slump with Rovers return Chelsea finally stopped the rot as arguably their best Barclays Premier League performance for more than two months saw them beat Blackburn 2-0 and climb back into the top four. Looking to end their worst run in the league for almost 15 years after winning just one of their previous nine games, the Blues dominated from start to finish at Stamford Bridge. Both their goals came from corner kicks courtesy of Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka, with their final ball continuing to let them down in open play. The duo also found the net against Rovers back in October to keep Chelsea five points clear at the top of the table, but their efforts here were arguably even more precious. Despite reports he might attend the game, there was no sign of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich prior to kick-off. Chelsea needed no extra motivation to end their miserable run in the league, knowing they could leapfrog fourth-placed Tottenham for at least 24 hours. And buoyed from Sunday's 7-0 FA Cup thrashing of Ipswich and having recalled all their big guns, the home side flew out of the traps. A heavy touch from Didier Drogba allowed Michel Salgado to intercept after the striker was played in by Anelka and Ramires smashed the ball against the bar after David Hoilett was caught napping. Martin Olsson tested Petr Cech from 25 yards at the other end as the hesitancy that has dogged the champions in recent weeks began to resurface. Michael Essien sent a difficult header wide from Frank Lampard's corner, with Blackburn's defence continuing to hold firm in the opening quarter. Drogba fired over from range before the visitors suffered a 24th-minute blow when David Dunn limped off to be replaced by Premier League debutant Jason Lowe. Jose Bosingwa blazed over from 25 yards as Chelsea began to run out of ideas but a lightning break 12 minutes from half-time might have seen them break the deadlock but for a brilliant Gael Givet challenge on Drogba. They were almost caught out themselves moments later when they gave Hoilett space to shoot and force a fine save from Cech, with only desperate defending preventing Nikola Kalinic and Lowe pouncing on the rebound. An under-pressure Lampard nodded over Bosingwa's cross from point-blank range before Anelka was desperately unlucky not to score when he flicked Drogba's wicked ball against the Roque Santa Cruz came on at half-time for his second Blackburn debut, with Kalinic withdrawn, but the new man was almost upstaged by Anelka, who dragged narrowly wide less than two minutes in. Florent Malouda talked himself into a booking after a poor tackle on Mame Biram Diouf, who was too off balance to head Morten Gamst Pedersen's corner on target minutes later. Chelsea finally got the goal their overall dominance deserved in the 57th minute. Pedersen flicked John Terry's header from Malouda's corner straight to Ivanovic, who held off Ryan Nelson before squeezing a shot past both him and Salgado. Malouda fired straight at Robinson as the champions looked for a quickfire second, which Terry should have provided when he flicked Lampard's mishit volley just wide midway through the half. A well-placed Lampard then got the ball stuck beneath his feet, chipping straight into Robinson's arms before Hoilett was replaced by Jason Roberts. Robinson came to his side's rescue again 15 minutes from time when a horrendous backpass from Christopher Samba sent Drogba clear. The striker should have scored but the keeper still did well to close him down. But that good work was undone by more poor defending from the subsequent corner, Ivanovic leaping highest to head goalward, with Anelka making sure from point-blank range. That was the striker's final contribution as he and Essien made way for Salomon Kalou and Josh McEachran for the final 10 minutes. Lampard's lame finish wasted a great chance to make it 3-0, Malouda's rocket was almost spilt into his own net by Robinson and Drogba clipped a improvised strike just over the top. Daniel Sturridge replaced Malouda for the final three minutes and Chelsea comfortably played out time.

Form Guide

    DDLWDL
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • LDLWLW

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 30/10/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 21/03/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 5 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 24/10/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 17/05/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 09/11/2008
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 23/12/2007

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 8
  • D Drogba 6
  • S Kalou 6
  • N Anelka 3
  • M Essien 3
  • B Ivanovic 2
  • F Lampard 1
  • J Terry 1
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • R Alex 1

Blackburn

  • M Pedersen 4
  • N Kalinic 4
  • R Nelsen 3
  • B Mwaruwari 3
  • MB Diouf 3
  • J Roberts 2
  • B Emerton 2
  • C Samba 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • G Givet 1
  • M Olsson 1
  • S Nzonzi 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 48
    • Goals per game 29
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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