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  • Drogba (40), Drogba (67)
  • Date:2010-02-20
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:28978
  • Referee:Friend, K

Live Commentary

90mins

The referee blows the whistle for full time

90mins

There are 3 minutes of added time still to play

89mins

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

86mins

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

84mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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

78mins

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

75mins

Jones is replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

75mins

Foley comes off for Greg Halford

75mins

Jarvis comes off for Geoffrey Mujangi Bia

75mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

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

67mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

Foley's shot is blocked well by John Obi Mikel

63mins

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

63mins

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

62mins

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

61mins

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

58mins

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

55mins

Zhirkov comes off for Jeffrey Bruma

54mins

Cech pulls off a brilliant save from Guedioura's volley

54mins

Zubar looks to be OK to continue after that knock

53mins

Zubar is down injured after a challenge with Anelka

51mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway

45mins

The referee blows the whistle for half time

43mins

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

41mins

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

40mins

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

36mins

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

34mins

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

34mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

29mins

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

27mins

Ballack shoots but the ball flies narrowly over the bar

26mins

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

24mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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

14mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

0mins

Referee Kevin Friend gets the game underway

0mins

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

Match Preview

Chelsea will be hoping to improve their recent poor form away from home in the Premier League on their trip to Molineux this Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti's side have won just once in their last six league games away from Stamford Bridge, but will be confident of success against a Wolves side that have scored only one goal in their last four games at home.

If Wolves are to get a positive result against the current league leaders, they will have to keep a close eye on in-form striker Didier Drogba.

The Ivorian hitman has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances and will be hoping to increase his current tally of 17 goals in the top-flight.

The Pensioners were dominant in their previous meeting with Wolves in the Premier League this season, hitting four goals without reply. Fortunately for the relegation-threatened team, Michael Essien, who grabbed a brace in that match and was a constant thorn in their side, is ruled out with a long-term injury.

Despite winning only one of their last seven Premier League matches, Wolves captain Karl Henry has stressed that they will avoid relegation this season, thanks to their unrivalled team spirit.

The midfielder revealed: "The team spirit is A1 here - it has to be - because from the first day we came back in the summer we knew we were in for a battle and a relegation fight. We're all going to fight tooth and nail to maintain that Premier League status and team spirit will certainly be a big part of that."


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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.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea

Corners

15

Fouls

1214

Goal attempts

Shots off target

65

Offsides

11

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