Wednesday 13 December 2017

Lampard returns to stop rot

Chelsea 3 Bolton wdrs 0

Ben Rumsby

Andre Villas-Boas enjoyed some much-needed respite in front of Roman Abramovich as Chelsea stopped the rot to return to the top four in the Premier League.

The Blues looked every inch a side that had failed to win any of their previous five games in another dire first half against Bolton 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.

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 David Wheater failed to clear, curling a lovely finish beyond Adam Bogdan.

In the 61st minute Drogba shook off Fabrice Muamba to nod in Lampard's corner, the midfielder significantly taking the plaudits as the home fans sang "super Frankie Lampard".

Chelsea suffered a blow when Drogba limped off to be replaced by Fernando Torres for the last 14 minutes. Lampard got the third three minutes later, stealing in at the back post to cushion Juan Mata's cross past Bogdan.

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