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  • Date:26 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:41,648
  • Terry (6) Sturridge (28)
    Sturridge (28) Mata (44)
    Mata (44)

Live Commentary

91:15 +1.15

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata.

90:38 +0.38

Fernando Torres produces a cross, clearance by Roger Johnson. Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Roger Johnson.

90:04 +0.04

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.


Booking for John Terry.


Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post, Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, save made by Wayne Hennessey.


Anthony Forde sends in a cross, clearance made by John Terry.


Fernando Torres has a lobbed shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on George Elokobi. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Adlene Guedioura replaces Steven Fletcher.


Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Oriol Romeu results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Karl Henry.


The ball is sent over by Juan Mata.


Juan Mata takes a inswinging corner.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.


Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. Branislav Ivanovic goes off and Jose Bosingwa comes on. Fernando Torres on for Didier Drogba.


The ball is crossed by Juan Mata.


Matthew Jarvis takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save. Stephen Ward takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Anthony Forde comes on in place of Ronald Zubar.


Centre by Daniel Sturridge, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Juan Mata takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.


Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.


The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake challenges Ashley Cole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Frank Lampard coming on for Raul Meireles.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Didier Drogba on Stephen Ward. Stephen Ward takes the direct free kick.


Daniel Sturridge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ronald Zubar. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, clearance made by Christophe Berra.


Foul by Ashley Cole on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, clearance by Juan Mata. Centre by Steven Fletcher, save made by Petr Cech.


Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.


Centre by Didier Drogba, clearance by David Edwards.


Daniel Sturridge produces a cross, Roger Johnson makes a clearance. Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.


Centre by Karl Henry.


Matthew Jarvis takes a inswinging corner.


Didier Drogba challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Effort from the edge of the area by Stephen Ward goes wide of the left-hand post.


Shot by Ramires from 30 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Ramires sends in a cross, clearance made by Roger Johnson.

45:58 +0.58

Raul Meireles fouled by David Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.


The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, Juan Mata fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Cole.


Foul by Oriol Romeu on Ronald Zubar, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ronald Zubar.


Effort from outside the penalty box by Ashley Cole goes wide left of the goal.


Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Corner taken by Raul Meireles from the left by-line, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance.


Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey. Short corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line. Juan Mata delivers the ball.


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake replaces Nenad Milijas.


Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Karl Henry goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Juan Mata, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Didier Drogba has an effort direct from the free kick.


Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Ward, David Edwards produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Juan Mata produces a cross, A goal is scored by Daniel Sturridge from close in low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton.Assist by Juan Mata.


Didier Drogba challenges Christophe Berra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Ashley Cole produces a cross, George Elokobi makes a clearance. Juan Mata takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Ward.


The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Stephen Ward goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Ronald Zubar concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Cole. Juan Mata restarts play with the free kick.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by David Edwards. David Edwards goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher by Oriol Romeu. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.


David Edwards handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Oriol Romeu.


Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by David Edwards results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.


Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.


The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Shot from deep inside the area by Juan Mata clears the bar.


Foul by Nenad Milijas on Ramires, free kick awarded. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.


Ramires takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Juan Mata takes the outswinging corner, John Terry finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Chelsea 1-0 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Juan Mata.


Juan Mata concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by George Elokobi. Juan Mata delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Shot from outside the box by Raul Meireles misses to the left of the goal.


Centre by Stephen Ward, clearance by John Terry.

Match Preview

Villas-Boas has Abramovich backing Andre Villas-Boas insists he has the complete backing of Roman Abramovich and Chelsea's players ahead of the clash with Wolves. Villas-Boas shrugged off the mounting pressure on him following the Blues' worst beginning to a campaign since Abramovich bought the club eight years ago. Speculation is rife Villas-Boas could be sacked if he fails to arrest a slump that has seen Chelsea slide out of the Barclays Premier League top four and in danger of failing to reach the last 16 of the Champions League. There have also been reports of player unrest at the tactical changes made by the 34-year-old, who was tasked by Abramovich with getting the club to play more like Barcelona. Villas-Boas confirmed he had spoken to the Russian billionaire since Wednesday night's last gasp Champions League defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, revealing he had been given his boss' full support. Asked if Abramovich had promised to give him time to turn things around, he said simply: "Yes." Villas-Boas refused to go into more detail about their conversation but added: "Everybody wants to get out of a situation like this." The Portuguese had appeared drained after Wednesday night's defeat but looked confident and relaxed on Friday under the watchful eye of chairman Bruce Buck, who made a surprise appearance at the club's press conference to preview the match against Wolves. Villas-Boas even joked he had not expected to see himself on the back pages of newspapers this morning, despite the mounting pressure on him. But events took a more serious turn when he denied reports of angry exchanges during meeting of players and staff on Thursday. "Not critical meetings, no animosity, not insults here and there, no critique whatsoever regarding what we are doing, no doubts whatsoever regarding what we are doing," he said. "Self-confidence and self-belief is what we need now and everybody wants to get it. "That thing only comes with wins." He added: "The philosophy will be the last thing to die at this club. It's a thing that makes technical staff and players very, very proud." Villas-Boas also rubbished suggestions his lack of experience necessitated the appointment of an older coach to work alongside him, such as Guus Hiddink. "I don't agree with that," he said, insisting he and his current staff would solve Chelsea's problems. "I don't solve problems on my own. I solve them with my group of people and my group of players. "I'm not a religious person, so I just hold on to my self-belief and the belief in my players' talents." Chelsea's mental strength was also questioned this week by former midfielder Michael Ballack. Villas-Boas said; "Michael is always very self-opinionated. "I disagree with him. He doesn't live in this dressing room. "He used to live here before and he didn't solve all the problems before." Ashley Cole has been passed fit after missing the defeat against Leverkusen with an inflamed ankle. Long-term knee injury victim Michael Essien is therefore Chelsea's only absentee. Kevin Doyle has challenged Wolves to repeat the level of performance which enabled them to topple a quartet of the Barclays Premier League's leading sides last season when they visit Stamford Bridge. Striker Doyle and his team-mates defeated the Blues and the two Manchester clubs at Molineux as well as winning against Liverpool at Anfield to help ensure top-flight survival. Chelsea have lost three of their past four league games and hopes of Champions League qualification are in the balance. But Doyle knows fourth-from-bottom Wolves will have to be at their best if they are to increase the pressure on Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. Doyle, who is expected to shake off a knock to his knee to play, said: "It will be difficult but we've got a reasonably good record against the top sides. "It is games like this, when people least expect us to get anything, that we sometimes pick something up. "I don't think we've ever been overawed by this sort of challenge. More often than not we've actually risen to the challenge and perhaps played better than normal. "We've all been involved in plenty of games with the top teams. I'm sure we all feel reasonably equal against them even though we know they have got quality players. "I think a team like us can beat one or two of the top sides in a season if we play as we can." Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will have to make three changes with midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt suspended and full-back Richard Stearman ruled out with a broken wrist. Matt Jarvis, Adlene Guedioura and Ronald Zubar are poised to replace them with the latter returning after nine months out of actions through injury.

Formation:433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas


Formation: 451Manager: Mick McCarthy


  • Petr Cech
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • David Luiz
  • John Terry
  • Ashley Cole
  • Ramires
  • Raul Meireles
  • Oriol Romeu
  • Juan Mata
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Didier Drogba
  • SUBS
  • Ross Turnbull
  • Frank Lampard
  • Fernando Torres
  • Mikel
  • Florent Malouda
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Salomon Kalou



Match Report

Blues cruise past Wolves to ease pressure on AVB Chelsea returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Wolves to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas. Recent losses to Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen had piled the pressure on the 34-year-old Blues boss, but the tension at Stamford Bridge eased in the sixth minute of the game when John Terry capitalised on some poor marking to head home Juan Mata's cross. Daniel Sturridge slipped his marker to tap home Mata's cross just before the half hour and the Spaniard added the hosts' third in the last minute of the first half when he was given plenty of space to convert Ashley Cole's centre from 12 yards. The result could have been a rout had it not been for a series of excellent stops from Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, the highlight of which was a double-save from Sturridge and Mata halfway through the second period. The performance was hardly vintage Chelsea, and they will come up against much tougher opponents in the coming weeks, but the result will ensure Villas-Boas sleeps easier, even though his team remained fifth after Manchester United's draw with Newcastle. Villas-Boas, whose team had gone into the match having lost two of their last three league games, cut a defiant figure on Friday, insisting that he was the man to lead Chelsea out of their current slump. And this game provided him with a perfect chance to restore some belief among the club's hierarchy and support. Wolves, who had won just one of their last 10 games before this, were there for the taking, and after a cagey opening five minutes, Chelsea took hold of the game thanks to Terry's opener. Ramires stole the ball off a dallying Nenad Milijas and fired goalwards only to see Hennessey tip the Brazilian's effort wide with a brilliant save. Stamford Bridge was sent into uproar from the resulting corner as Terry lost his marker to head Mata's cross home from eight yards to give the Blues the lead. Despite taking the lead Chelsea, still lacked confidence and instead of pushing for an immediate second, they allowed Wolves time to settle. The midlanders lacked creativity, however, and their only real chance of the opening quarter came when Stephen Ward's header looped over the crossbar. The Blues were cautious in possession and appeared to lack the confidence to turn the screw on their opponents, but they suddenly sprung to life to double their lead in the 29th minute. Ronald Zubar attempted to bail Mata over, but the Spaniard kept his footing and sent over a low cross that Sturridge tapped home from close range after muscling past his marker. David Edwards headed wide from eight yards after Chelsea failed to clear a Wolves corner as the visitors looked for an immediate reply, but Mick McCarthy's vocal attempt to inject some life into his team failed. Instead, the Wolves boss looked to change things around with Milijas coming off for striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in the 38th minute. Hennessey spilled Sturridge's powerful shot over the bar just before the break and Mata made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time when he was given room to beat Hennessey from 12 yards. Hennessey pulled off a top-drawer save to stop Ramires' powerful volley after the break as Chelsea looked to start the second half in the same way they had ended the first. Wolves looked a much more confident outfit in the second half, however, and almost pulled one back when Ebanks-Blake threaded Ward through, but the Irishman's shot trickled a couple of yards wide. Karl Henry's cross whistled just over the heads of a posse of Wolves attackers before Chelsea came close to adding a fourth on the counter. Sturridge slipped into the Wolves box after getting on the end of Ramires' pass and sneaked past Christophe Berra but saw his cross cleared by Johnson when he should have shot at Hennessey. Didier Drogba, who had been anonymous for most of the match, then hammered a powerful drive just wide while Hennessey was scrambling across his goal-line. Frank Lampard, dropped for Oriol Romeu, received a huge welcome when he came on in the 69th minute in the place of Raul Meireles. Hennessey then pulled off an excellent double save from point-blank range to deny Sturridge and then Mata. The home crowd demanded Fernando Torres' introduction, and Villas-Boas finally unleashed the former Liverpool man in the place of Drogba. The Spaniard darted in to the Wolves box, keen to make an impact, but his fierce shot was deflected wide. Torres once again stormed the Wolves penalty area but failed in his audacious attempt to lob Hennessey from 18 yards as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes. Wolves had one last push for a consolation, but Ebanks-Blake's weak injury-time header was the closest they came and the final whistle came, bringing a big smile to the face of Villas-Boas as he went down the tunnel.

Form Guide

  • Chelsea
  • VS
  • Wolverhampton

Last Meetings

  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 05/01/2011
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 23/10/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 20/02/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 4 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 21/11/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 5 - 2
  • Wolverhampton
  • 27/03/2004
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0 - 5
  • Chelsea
  • 20/09/2003

Top Scorers


  • F Lampard 5
  • D Sturridge 5
  • J Terry 3
  • DN Ramires 3
  • FJ Torres 2
  • JM Mata 2
  • N Anelka 1
  • D Drogba 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1


  • S Fletcher 3
  • J O'Hara 2
  • K Doyle 2
  • S Ward 2
  • D Edwards 1
  • M Jarvis 1



    • Total goals 42
    • Goals per game 25
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 30
    • Goals per game 13
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins