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  • Date:29 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:40,982
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

91:57 +1.57

Paulo Ferreira on for Jose Bosingwa. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

89:49

Salomon Kalou is brought on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka. The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.

89:09

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

87:42

The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

87:28

Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Johan Elmander.

87:07

Ashley Cole takes a shot. Save made by Samuel Ricketts.

84:35

Samuel Ricketts challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Foul by John Terry on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

83:55

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line played to the near post.

82:42

Ivan Klasnic concedes a free kick for a foul on Florent Malouda. Didier Drogba crosses the ball in from the free kick.

82:20

Ashley Cole delivers the ball, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

81:31

Mark Davies is brought on as a substitute for Stuart Holden.

80:23

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Frank Lampard, Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Fabrice Muamba. Close range header by Branislav Ivanovic goes over the bar.

80:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Fabrice Muamba. Branislav Ivanovic has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

79:49

Ramires fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.

78:46

Jose Bosingwa produces a cross, Fabrice Muamba manages to make a clearance.

78:04

Michael Essien has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

77:27

Martin Petrov comes on in place of Matthew Taylor. Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the left by-line, Zat Knight challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

76:34

Samuel Ricketts produces a cross, Stuart Holden takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

73:00

Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Shot comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick.

71:09

Rodrigo Moreno goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Moreno by Ramires. The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Gary Cahill produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

71:09

Rodrigo Moreno goes off and Ivan Klasnic comes on. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Rodrigo Moreno. The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Gary Cahill produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:50

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Florent Malouda.

69:43

Centre by Gary Cahill, clearance made by Michael Essien.

68:15

Foul by Kevin Davies on John Terry, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

67:58

The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba.

66:57

Kevin Davies crosses the ball, Rodrigo Moreno takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

65:43

The official flags Didier Drogba offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

64:53

The ball is sent over by Samuel Ricketts.

63:22

The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.

62:42

Effort on goal by Samuel Ricketts from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

61:54

Effort from 25 yards by Frank Lampard. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

61:34

The ball is swung over by Florent Malouda, clearance by Zat Knight.

60:05

Florent Malouda finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.

58:52

Michael Essien takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.

57:55

The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

57:36

Centre by Rodrigo Moreno, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

56:59

Kevin Davies challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.

55:57

Nicolas Anelka is caught offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

54:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Jose Bosingwa. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

53:54

The offside flag is raised against Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

52:51

Unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

52:16

The official flags Kevin Davies offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

51:39

Michael Essien challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.

49:52

John Terry challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.

49:10

Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line played to the near post, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

48:53

Shot by Didier Drogba from deep inside the area bounces off the post.

47:48

Rodrigo Moreno gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

46:54

Foul by Kevin Davies on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Terry.

44:46

Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.

42:57

Matthew Taylor receives a caution. Matthew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramires. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.

40:57

Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

39:38

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance by Paul Robinson.

38:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Florent Malouda. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

37:30

Foul by Stuart Holden on Ramires, free kick awarded. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.

34:50

Matthew Taylor challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

32:36

Shot by Matthew Taylor from outside the box goes high over the target.

32:31

Rodrigo Moreno produces a cross, clearance by John Terry.

32:20

The ball is swung over by Samuel Ricketts.

31:41

Corner taken right-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stuart Holden.

29:37

Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Paul Robinson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Florent Malouda from right wing, clearance by Kevin Davies.

28:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Florent Malouda. Frank Lampard has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Zat Knight.

25:26

Branislav Ivanovic receives a yellow card. Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Johan Elmander, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Holden.

22:40

The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

21:50

The ball is swung over by Samuel Ricketts, Matthew Taylor has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

20:32

Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.

19:52

Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.

19:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ramires on Kevin Davies. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.

18:03

Florent Malouda challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

16:48

Rodrigo Moreno gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Didier Drogba takes the free kick.

16:22

Handball decision goes against Stuart Holden. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

15:21

John Terry challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.

13:47

The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

12:49

Foul by Zat Knight on Nicolas Anelka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Didier Drogba.

12:28

Matthew Taylor is adjudged to have handled the ball. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

12:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Didier Drogba. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

11:21

Rodrigo Moreno produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.

10:56

Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Petr Cech.

10:47

Centre by Samuel Ricketts, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

9:54

The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

8:58

The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.

8:03

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Davies. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.

7:50

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

6:56

Unfair challenge on Ramires by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.

6:12

Johan Elmander is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

3:46

Long range effort by Michael Essien goes wide right of the target.

2:58

Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

1:30

Rodrigo Moreno concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.

0:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Fabrice Muamba. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

The match has kicked off.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The referee starts the second half.

Match Preview

Petr Cech refuses to concede the Barclays Premier League title race even though he admits Chelsea's judgement on the pitch has deserted them.

The champions' slump has now descended into a full-blown crisis after embarking on their worst run since 1998 by dropping 18 points in their last eight games.

On November 6 they sat five points clear at the summit of the table, yet by the end of Wednesday's clash with Bolton they may occupy sixth place.

Chelsea were exposed once again at Emirates Stadium when their five-match winning sequence against Arsenal ended with a shattering 3-1 defeat.

Bereft of confidence against their title rivals, they were undone by two goals in 90 seconds from Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott shortly after half-time.

Trailing 3-0, they appeared powerless to stage a meaningful fightback and Cech admits they have become ruinously error-prone.

"We are not used to seeing Chelsea play the way we are playing at the moment," said the Czech keeper.

"The reality is we aren't doing the right things on the pitch, we are making mistakes and we got punished for the mistakes. On the second and third goals, it was really unlike Chelsea.

"I don't remember since I've been here us conceding two goals in one minute like that. We are making the wrong choices all over the pitch, defensive-wise and attacking-wise.

"We have stopped doing the things we were doing at the start of the season when we didn't concede goals and we were scoring a lot.

"Credit to everyone, we keep working on it and nobody's panicking. Nobody's happy with the situation but at the moment we can't find the right chemistry on the pitch.

"We will try to find a solution and keep working. "We aren't throwing the towel in yet because we know everything can change fast."

Defeat by the season's surprise package Bolton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday would be disastrous and boss Carlo Ancelotti spelt out the importance of winning.

"Our difficult moment continues and we have to think about the next game against Bolton - it's not easy, but we have to try," said Ancelotti.

"We must stay focused and continue to work. We worked well in the last two weeks without football, but we didn't have a good performance against Arsenal.

"The table is not good, but this is the reality. We have to do better. It will be very difficult, but we have a game on Wednesday and we have to change things for the next game.

"Bolton are having a very good season, but for us it's important to win and improve our position in the table. That's the most important thing. We must pay attention."

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is a doubt for the clash, while Alex, Yuri Zhirkov and Yossi Benayoun remain sidelined.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle will not be fooled into thinking the trip a will be anything other than difficult.

He said: "I think going to Stamford Bridge at any time, with the quality Chelsea hold, is always a difficult ask. When we go there we expect a really tough game because of the quality they have, the strength in depth.

"There is no doubt come the end of the season Chelsea are going to be fighting out the major honours, that is for sure.

"We will pay them huge respect but I want my players to concentrate on what we can do and make a game of it. It is a game we will be ready for."

This week marks a year since Gary Megson was sacked as Bolton manager with the team in the bottom three. Former Wanderers striker Coyle took over in January after quitting Burnley and the progress since has been considerable.

Coyle's side have rid the club of a reputation for physical and direct football by winning plaudits for their fluent - and effective - style.

 That has put them in contention for a European place and Coyle prefers to look at potential rather than reflecting on any success so far.

He said: "I think we have done ever so well to this point but we can't affect that now - what we can affect is what is in front of us.

"I think there has been improvement from when I came in in January compared to where we are now. But that involves a lot of hard work and everybody buying into what you are doing.

"We have to continue that and make sure we are on the front foot. We are trying to gather as many points as we can."

Coyle, however, is short on numbers against Chelsea with South Korea winger Lee Chung-yong having now departed for the Asia Cup. With Gretar Steinsson doubtful with a knee injury and Tamir Cohen on compassionate leave, Coyle may now have only 17 fully-fit regular first-teamers available.

Formation:433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

Formation: 442Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

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

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Match Report

Chelsea end winter Blues It was ugly, scrappy and lucky, but Chelsea will not care one jot as they ended their worst Barclays Premier League run for more than a decade by beating Bolton 1-0. Florent Malouda scored his first league goal for more than two months to send the faltering champions back into the top four and ease the pressure on manager Carlo Ancelotti. Didier Drogba also hit the post but was forced to clear off the line as Bolton had more than enough chances to snatch a point. Chelsea's first league win in seven lifted them back to within four points of leaders Manchester United, who have a game in hand. Despite his side having thrown away a five-point lead in the last two months, Ancelotti retained the backing of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich ahead of the game. The Russian would not have liked what he saw from his Caribbean retreat as the Blues struggled to string two passes together in a miserable first half at a sodden Stamford Bridge. They did not manage a single shot on target and of the two they did muster, one of them was a Drogba free-kick that embarrassingly screwed out for a throw-in. Bolton were typically combative and John Terry needed to produce a desperate challenge to prevent Kevin Davies stealing in, while Matthew Taylor drilled wide after latching onto the recalled Jose Bosingwa's attempted clearance. Branislav Ivanovic was booked for felling Johan Elmander and Chelsea's frustration increased as captain Terry harangued referee Michael Jones after the official elected not show Paul Robinson a yellow card for a foul on Michael Essien. Taylor sent a sweet left-foot curler narrowly over as Bolton continued to look the more threatening and there was more bad news for the home side when Drogba began limping. The striker played on as Chelsea began to wrest a semblance of control and Taylor was booked after clattering into Ramires. But the home side were not even close to a goal before being booed off by some of their fans at half-time. They looked no better in the opening four minutes of the second half until, out of nowhere, Frank Lampard produced a wonderful defence-splitting pass for Drogba, whose finish hit the inside of the far post and was cleared to safety. Chelsea suddenly looked a different side and Nicolas Anelka was flagged narrowly offside racing onto Ramires' through ball before they finally put together a sweeping passing move that ended with a tame Essien finish. The pressure finally told in the 61st minute when Essien released Drogba down the right and the striker squared for Malouda to tap home his first league goal since October. The jubilant celebrations from both fans and players told their own story but Chelsea's confidence remained fragile and Sam Ricketts blazed over from 12 yards as Bolton hit back. Stuart Holden then had a handball appeal turned down after smashing a shot at Terry inside the box. Sensing blood, visiting boss Owen Coyle withdrew Rodrigo Moreno - impressive on his full Premier League debut - for Ivan Klasnic after his side were awarded a free-kick. Gary Cahill - a reported January target for Chelsea - immediately headed Taylor's centre wide. Bolton went even closer when Elmander's cross was met by a bullet header from Holden, forcing a wonderful tip over from Petr Cech. The goalkeeper made a hash of the resulting corner and was grateful to Drogba on the line for clearing the danger. At the other end, Essien thought he had bundled the ball over the line in between Bolton's final two substitutions but the flag had already gone up. Malouda was denied twice by Jussi Jaaskelainen late on before Ancelotti ran down the clock by introducing Salomon Kalou and Paulo Ferreira in the closing seconds.

Form Guide

    LLDDDL
  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Bolton
  • WDLWLW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 0
  • Bolton
  • 13/04/2010
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 4
  • Chelsea
  • 31/10/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 4 - 3
  • Bolton
  • 11/04/2009
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 06/12/2008
  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 1
  • Bolton
  • 11/05/2008
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 07/10/2007

Top Scorers

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 7
  • S Kalou 6
  • D Drogba 5
  • N Anelka 3
  • M Essien 3
  • B Ivanovic 2
  • F Lampard 1
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • R Alex 1

Bolton

  • J Elmander 9
  • M Petrov 3
  • KC Davies 2
  • I Klasnic 2
  • S Holden 2
  • C Lee 2
  • R Blake 1
  • M Taylor 1
  • Z Knight 1
  • G Steinsson 1
  • M Davies 1
  • F Muamba 1

Goals

Chelsea

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 32
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Bolton

    • Total goals 47
    • Goals per game 32
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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