skip to content
Inswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Fernando Torres clears the crossbar.
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, Close range header by Salomon Kalou goes over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Fernando Torres.
Samuel Ricketts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Mikel comes on in place of Ramires.
Effort from inside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the left of the target.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Frank Lampard gets a block in.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson fouled by Juan Mata, the ref awards a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson restarts play with the free kick.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Salomon Kalou coming on for Daniel Sturridge.
Goal scored by Frank Lampard from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Bolton.Assist by Juan Mata.
Fernando Torres comes on in place of Didier Drogba.
Shot from outside the box by Marvin Sordell misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Ramires. Nigel Reo-Coker takes the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli goes off and Chris Eagles comes on.
The offside flag is raised against Ryo Miyaichi. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Didier Drogba challenges Tuncay Sanli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by David Wheater.
Branislav Ivanovic crosses the ball, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Samuel Ricketts goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Ashley Cole results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance by David Luiz.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryo Miyaichi. Marvin Sordell joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Ngog. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Corner taken right-footed by Ryo Miyaichi to the near post, clearance made by Michael Essien.
Shot by Juan Mata. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryo Miyaichi, David Luiz makes a clearance.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
Short corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Chelsea 2-0 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
Didier Drogba takes a shot.
Darren Pratley takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, David Luiz has a headed effort at goal from close in that strikes the post.
Foul by Tim Ream on Juan Mata, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.
Nigel Reo-Coker has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Essien.
Ryo Miyaichi crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
David Luiz grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Didier Drogba.
Unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by David Luiz results in a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.
Ryo Miyaichi produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Darren Pratley on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Booking for Darren Pratley. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Tim Ream.
David Ngog challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Luiz takes the free kick.
Juan Mata sends in a cross.
Centre by Daniel Sturridge, clearance by Tim Ream.
Ashley Cole has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Michael Essien.
Unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater.
David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Direct free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by David Luiz. Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
Ramires takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.
Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by David Ngog.
A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance made by David Wheater.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Tim Ream manages to make a clearance.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the left by-line, clearance made by Fabrice Muamba.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by David Ngog.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
Darren Pratley is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by David Luiz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nigel Reo-Coker on David Luiz. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Tuncay Sanli, David Wheater challenges Didier Drogba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Tuncay Sanli.
Juan Mata sends in a cross, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Nigel Reo-Coker. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
David Wheater fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Daniel Sturridge is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, clearance by David Luiz.
Tuncay Sanli takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Frank Lampard, save made by Adam Bogdan.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.
Corner taken short by Juan Mata.
Effort on goal by Michael Essien from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
Darren Pratley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Luiz by David Ngog results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Didier Drogba. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.
Ashley Cole is ruled offside. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.
Villas-Boas backs defenders to fill Terry void
Under-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident Gary Cahill and David Luiz can form a solid defensive partnership during the absence of influential captain John Terry.
Villas-Boas' position has come under intense scrutiny over the last few weeks after his team dropped to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and edged close to a Champions League exit after a 3-1 defeat against Napoli in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
To make matters worse for the Portuguese, he will now be without Terry for up to six weeks after he aggravated a long-standing knee injury.
With Jose Bosingwa also sidelined, Villas-Boas will have no other option than to put his faith in new signing Cahill and the erratic Luiz at the back during a period that is likely to determine whether the 34-year-old becomes the sixth manager to be fired by owner Roman Abramovich.
The early signs do not look good. The team have conceded seven goals during the three games when Cahill and Luiz have started together in the centre of defence, but Villas-Boas has faith in the duo.
"At the moment we have a new partnership that we are trying to fine tune to be more stable at the back, like we were in January," Villas-Boas said.
"Both of them are very extrovert, Gary speaks a lot, organises a lot. It is not about communication.
"It just takes time, it's a new partnership and you have to get used to the person next to you.
"I am happy with Gary. He has been excellent in the games he has played."
Cahill, who will line up against his old club Bolton on Saturday, has told his manager not to expect too much too quickly, however.
"There have been changes made so it's not something that will click right in to place straight away," Cahill told Chelsea TV.
"It's different. The full-backs have changed so I'm not going to lie and say it's fantastically easy.
"We have had some sticky results of late and I have been plonked straight in the middle of it all so it's been difficult, but the more work we do on the training ground the better it will be."
Fernando Torres missed training on Thursday due to illness but is expected to be fit, while Juan Mata is available despite suffering a suspected broken finger against Napoli.
Bolton defender Tim Ream is keen to play down comparisons between himself and Cahill.
United States international Ream joined Wanderers last month from the New York Red Bulls and while he does not mind "filling shoes" now Cahill has departed, the 24-year-old is determined to show that he is more than just a potential replacement for the England man.
"You have got to try to put that sort of thing out of your mind," Ream, who made his Bolton debut in last weekend's 2-0 FA Cup victory at Millwall, told www.bwfc.co.uk.
"You have got to concentrate on the job you've got on the field and what the club have bought me to do.
"If I'm filling shoes then fine, but everyone is their own player.
"Obviously Gary is a very good player and has made a big move to Chelsea but for my part I'm here to contribute to the team and push the guys for a starting spot."
Bolton could come up against another of their former players in forward Daniel Sturridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Trotters.
Midfielder Mark Davies has been nursing a hamstring problem but should be available for the game, while striker Marvin Sordell is eligible for selection again after being cup-tied for the Millwall match.
Defender Joe Riley is a doubt due to a foot injury and forward Kevin Davies, who sustained medial ligament damage in his knee in the league defeat to Wigan on February 11, is unlikely to be ready to make his return to action yet.
Blues ease past Bolton
Andre Villas-Boas enjoyed some much-needed respite in front of Roman Abramovich as Chelsea stopped the rot to return to the Barclays Premier League top four after a 3-0 win over Bolton.
The Blues looked every inch a side that had failed to win any of their previous five games in another dire first half at Stamford Bridge.
But they turned on the style after the break, defender David Luiz doing what he does best by firing them ahead before Didier Drogba and the recalled Frank Lampard sealed a desperately-needed three points.
Chelsea also hit the woodwork twice as Bolton's first-half solidity deserted them to leave them second bottom of the table.
Villas-Boas recalled Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien, who were controversially left out of Tuesday night's Champions League defeat at Napoli, sparking further reports of dressing-room unrest.
The Chelsea boss stood by his Naples line-up, insisting it was picked purely on footballing reasons, but he admitted on Thursday he was forced to explain it to owner Abramovich.
That merely fuelled speculation Villas-Boas was on borrowed time at Stamford Bridge, with the club's season in danger of unravelling completely. But today's opponents might have been hand picked for the home side, with Bolton enduring an even more miserable campaign.
Chelsea certainly made the more impressive start, Daniel Sturridge testing Adam Bogdan inside five minutes after a burst from the halfway line before finding Lampard with a superb through ball, the midfielder just failing to shake off his marker.
Drogba also had a couple of sniffs but the lack of confidence that has dogged the Blues' play of late was soon evident as they struggled to fashion a meaningful opportunity.
Abramovich, attending his first game since the 3-3 draw against Manchester United three weeks earlier, looked on pensively as well-drilled Bolton continued to frustrate his expensively-assembled side.
They finally had Bogdan at full stretch in the 29th minute when he palmed away Drogba's left-foot curler, while David Wheater had to be alert to stop Sturridge finishing Luiz's raking pass.
Chelsea were only really looking dangerous on the break and their half was summed up when Branislav Ivanovic and Drogba ran into each other running onto Lampard's inviting ball.
Bolton were even less of a threat and Darren Pratley - making his first league start for more than two months - was booked for an obvious dive trying to win a penalty before Ryo Miyaichi had their first real effort when he fired over on the stroke of half-time.
Chelsea were in dire need of inspiration and it arrived less than three minutes after the restart.
Luiz - clearly under orders to rampage forward - won the ball high up the pitch, carried on his run forward and profited when Wheater failed to clear, curling a lovely finish beyond Bogdan.
The celebrations were hardly raucous, with the nervousness of a side that had kept only two clean sheets at home in the league all season quickly apparent when Nigel Reo-Coker drilled wide from the edge of the box.
That almost subsided when Chelsea then hit the woodwork twice inside two minutes, Luiz's header from a corner glancing the post before Drogba curled Juan Mata's pass against the top of the crossbar after another breakaway.
There was no stopping the striker in the 61st minute when he shook off Fabrice Muamba to nod in Lampard's corner, the midfielder significantly taking the plaudits as the home fans sang "super Frankie Lampard".
It should have been 3-0 when Ivanovic finished weakly after Essien's drive was parried by Bogdan before Bolton threw on Marvin Sordell for David Ngog.
The change had little effect and Chris Eagles soon joined Sordell, with Tuncay Sanli coming off, before Chelsea suffered a blow when Drogba limped off to be replaced by Fernando Torres for the last 14 minutes.
A goal arrived three minutes later, but it was Lampard who got it, stealing in at the back post to cushion Mata's cross past Bogdan for his 12th goal of the season.
Sturridge then came off for Salomon Kalou, Torres - axed by Spain - curled over from a tight angle with his only chance and John Obi Mikel replaced Ramires.
Kalou almost nodded in number four in stoppage-time as Chelsea enjoyed a rare trouble-free final 10 minutes.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk