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  • Date:02 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:27,289
  • Ward (84)
  • Ramires (53) Lampard (88)

Live Commentary

93:30 +3.30

Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

91:46 +1.46

Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Ashley Cole delivers the ball, Goal scored by Frank Lampard from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Chelsea.Assist by Ashley Cole.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Jarvis on Oriol Romeu. Raul Meireles takes the free kick.


Steven Fletcher delivers the ball, Stephen Ward finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Chelsea.Assist by Steven Fletcher.


Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Fernando Torres results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.


Josh McEachran is brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata.


A cross is delivered by Ramires, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.


The ball is swung over by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Oriol Romeu.


Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, clearance made by Christophe Berra.


Juan Mata takes a shot. Richard Stearman gets a block in.


The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Edwards by Fernando Torres. Kevin Foley joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Edwards. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.


The ball is sent over by Richard Stearman, save by Petr Cech.


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


David Edwards takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.


The ball is crossed by Fernando Torres, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Matthew Jarvis.


Ramires takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.


Raul Meireles sends in a cross.


Centre by Ramires, Effort from the edge of the box by Fernando Torres goes wide of the left-hand upright.


Ramires fouled by Matthew Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.


Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.


Steven Fletcher comes on in place of Emmanuel Frimpong.


The ball is sent over by Ramires, Richard Stearman makes a clearance.


Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Ward. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.


Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, Ramires gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 0-1 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from John Terry.


Adam Hammill takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Ramires. Free kick taken by Matthew Jarvis.


Ramires delivers the ball, Emmanuel Frimpong makes a clearance.


The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Shot by Adam Hammill from 12 yards. John Terry gets a block in.


Foul by Kevin Doyle on David Luiz, free kick awarded. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.

46:11 +1.11

Effort from the edge of the box by Kevin Doyle goes wide of the left-hand post.


Raul Meireles sends in a cross.

45:13 +0.13

Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, John Terry has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

45:03 +0.03

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Juan Mata delivers the ball.


Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Oriol Romeu produces a cross, clearance by Roger Johnson.


Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Juan Mata crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Stearman.


John Terry handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Hammill from right wing, clearance by John Terry.


Juan Mata is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.


Ashley Cole produces a cross, Adam Hammill makes a clearance.


Oriol Romeu fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.


Oriol Romeu challenges Adam Hammill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Oriol Romeu. Adam Hammill crosses the ball, Stephen Ward produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.


Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Ashley Cole results in a free kick. Kevin Doyle is shown a yellow card. The ball is crossed by Adam Hammill, Header by Roger Johnson from inside the area hits the post.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Karl Henry. The referee shows Karl Henry a yellow card. Shot on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, Emmanuel Frimpong gets a block in.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Hammill on Ashley Cole. Booking for Adam Hammill. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.


Adam Hammill fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Lampard goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Roger Johnson.


Fernando Torres takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.


Centre by Ramires.


The ball is crossed by Ramires, clearance made by Stephen Ward.


Jose Bosingwa sends in a cross.


Juan Mata crosses the ball.


Ramires delivers the ball, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.


Effort on goal by Ramires from 12 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, Stephen Ward makes a clearance.


Effort on goal by Ramires from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.


Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.


Ramires crosses the ball, save by Wayne Hennessey.


Foul by Kevin Doyle on John Terry, free kick awarded. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.


Ashley Cole challenges Emmanuel Frimpong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.


Juan Mata crosses the ball.


Juan Mata fouled by David Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Juan Mata.


Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Christophe Berra results in a free kick. Juan Mata produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.


The ball is sent over by Ramires.


David Edwards takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

Match Preview

McCarthy delighted with reinforcements Wolves boss Mick McCarthy believes new loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong will prove a very valuable addition to his squad. The energetic midfielder completed his move from Arsenal on Saturday on a deal until the end of the season and could make his debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea at Molineux. Frimpong has made his breakthrough at the Emirates this season after a cruciate ligament injury held up his progress at the start of the 2010/11 campaign and has already made 14 appearances for the Gunners this term. Wolves will also have another new face in the squad, with Iceland international Eggert Jonsson, who can play in midfield or defence, available for the first time after agreeing a permanent move from Hearts last month. McCarthy told the club's official website: "I'm delighted the deal is done with Emmanuel and he's available for Monday because we need fresh players. We'll be continuing to try and get players in but I'm delighted with the business we have done so far. "Eggert is an international who has played a lot of games and has more improvement in him and Manny Frimpong is a really great signing for us. "He's a terrific young player and an exciting prospect. He is an all-action, tough-tackling midfield player who can get about and pass it. I watched him against Manchester City and he got box to box and his career is blossoming. "He should be a fabulous signing for us. It's good to get people in here for the first games because if you wait until the end of January it's another four or five games gone." Steven Fletcher will play despite taking a knock at Bolton while Dave Edwards (illness) could come in after managing 45 minutes but Ronald Zubar (knee) is set to miss out and Nenad Milijas is suspended. Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas insisted there was no need for Chelsea to press the panic button, despite watching his side's season hit a new low with a shock home defeat to Aston Villa. A 3-1 Barclays Premier League loss at Stamford Bridge piled the pressure on manager Villas-Boas, with the Blues going into the trip to Wolves outside the top four. It is the first time in a decade Chelsea have been so low in the table at the turn of the year, putting Villas-Boas' project under more scrutiny than ever. The 34-year-old reportedly retains the support of billionaire Blues owner Roman Abramovich but some fans are beginning to turn and there have been fresh reports of dressing-room dissent. It is the sort of toxic mix that would lead some managers to embark on dramatic changes in personnel and tactics, especially with several players seemingly willing to leave. But Villas-Boas remains convinced such drastic action is unnecessary, with only two January arrivals expected at Stamford Bridge and no change to a system that has seen Chelsea concede more goals at home than anyone outside the bottom three. "I don't think so," said Villas-Boas when asked if his defence needed more protection. The Blues boss was similarly dismissive of the urgency of reaching an agreement with Gary Cahill that would see the Bolton defender become his first January signing. "If there is something to correct, we need to regain that confidence in the way we build up from the back," he said. "It's an easy thing to solve with players of this technical ability. "With Gary, it's an ongoing situation." Villas-Boas has confirmed he will make changes for the game as he is concerned about the risks of asking some of his players to start twice in 48 hours. Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) remain sidelined, along with Michael Essien (knee).

Formation:4411Manager: Mick McCarthy


Formation: 4231Manager: Andre Villas-Boas


  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Richard Stearman
  • Roger Johnson
  • Christophe Berra
  • Stephen Ward
  • Anthony Forde
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Karl Henry
  • Adam Hammill
  • David Edwards
  • Kevin Doyle
  • SUBS
  • Dorus De Vries
  • George Elokobi
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • Steven Fletcher
  • Stephen Hunt
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Kevin Foley



Match Report

Lampard spares AVB blushes Frank Lampard eased the pressure on Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas with a late goal to help his side beat Wolves 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League clash at Molineux. The veteran midfielder celebrated his return to the starting line-up by converting a cross from Ashley Cole with two minutes remaining. Ramires had given the Blues a 54th-minute lead but Stephen Ward looked to have salvaged a point for the home side - until Lampard settled the issue. However, it needed an injury-time save from goalkeeper Petr Cech - who tipped over a close-range header from Kevin Doyle - to deny Wolves a point. Victory enabled Chelsea to end a four-game run without a win and, temporarily at least, pushed them back into fourth spot with Arsenal not in action until this evening. Villas-Boas would have taken heart from the performance of Fernando Torres, who started in the absence of the injured Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge. The former Liverpool player looked sharp and committed throughout the 90 minutes and there were signs of him returning to his best. Juan Mata also impressed in the centre of the park but Wolves' battling spirit meant they were always in contention with winger Adam Hammill causing plenty of problems An early slip by Jose Bosingwa allowed David Edwards a shot at goal inside the first 20 seconds but it lacked power and Cech was able to save comfortably low to his right. A mix-up between Wolves defenders Christophe Berra and Ward allowed Torres to play in Mata but his cross-shot failed to hit the target. Torres was looking confident despite not scoring since October 23 and picked out the run into the box of Lampard. It needed Richard Stearman to make a fine tackle to deny the England midfielder a clear-cut chance. Lampard became the first player to be booked, for a sliding tackle on Hammill. The Wolves winger also went into referee Peter Walton's notebook for his challenge on Ashley Cole. Wolves midfielder Karl Henry was booked for tripping Torres on the edge of his box. Then Doyle was cautioned after throwing the ball at Cole after he had been upended by the England left-back Hammill's free-kick was perfectly flighted for Johnson, whose header flicked the post. It became five yellow cards in eight minutes when Romeu brought down Hammill, who took took the free-kick himself. Edwards found himself unmarked six yards out but directed his header past the post. Chelsea ended the first half on the offensive with Hennessey turning aside Bosingwa's powerful drive. Wolves boss Mick McCarthy made a half-time substitution with winger Matt Jarvis replacing Forde. The home side were still looking dangerous on the counter-attack and Jarvis' pace took him past Bosingwa before his cross fell to Hammill 15 yards out. He kept his volley down but it bounced up invitingly for Cech who saved away to his right. Ramires put the Blues in front in the 54th minute. John Terry attacked a Mata corner but managed only the slightest of touches and the ball broke to the Brazilian, who held off Ward's challenge before lashing the ball into the roof of the net for his sixth goal of the campaign. The Chelsea players celebrated on the touchline with Villas-Boas and the coaching staff. McCarthy responded by bringing on eight-goal leading scorer Steven Fletcher for Frimpong. Ramires teed up an opportunity for Torres but, under pressure, he dragged his volley well wide. Hennessey needed to be alert to block an attempt from Raul Meireles, Stearman produced a crucial challenge to halt the impressive Torres inside the box, before Mata fired into the side-netting. Ward brought Wolves level in the 84th minute after Fletcher turned a deep cross from Jarvis back into his path. However, Lampard won it for Chelsea's four minutes later after Torres had found Cole in space to deliver the telling cross - although they needed Cech's heroics in the fourth minute of injury time to preserve all three points.

Form Guide

  • Wolverhampton
  • VS
  • Chelsea

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 26/11/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers


  • S Fletcher 8
  • J O'Hara 2
  • K Doyle 2
  • S Ward 2
  • R Zubar 1
  • S Ebanks-Blake 1
  • D Edwards 1
  • M Jarvis 1


  • D Sturridge 9
  • F Lampard 5
  • J Terry 4
  • JM Mata 4
  • DN Ramires 3
  • D Drogba 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • N Anelka 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1



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


    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 37
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins