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Match Report: Chelsea 3-0 Bolton Wanderers (Bolton Fan's Perspective)

By Rob
Sunday 26th February 2012
Bolton Wanderers slipped closer to the foot of the Premier League, and possibly relegation, as they succumbed to a dire, pathetic 3-0 away defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

It was a case of 'same old, same old' for Bolton against Chelsea - Wanderers have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2003 - and the result did little to flatter a Chelsea side that was simply too good for the visitors.

Wanderers did well to frustrate Chelsea in the first half, despite amassing some 10 corners in the period the home side failed to convert their opportunities and the sides went in at 0-0 at half-time.

But the inevitable home victory was well and truly done and dusted when David Luiz showed once again that he is clearly not a central defender by opening the scoring three minutes after the break. The big-haired Brazilian went on one of his trademark exploratory runs forward and found Ashley Cole out wide on the left, the full-back's cross found its way back to Luiz, who curled a great effort into the corner of the net.

The result from then on was never in doubt, considering Bolton have only come from behind once all season - losing 18 of 19 matches they've gone behind in. But things could have been different had Nigel Reo-Coker converted a good chance soon after Luiz's opener, in what was Bolton's only real opportunity of the afternoon.

Chelsea went about putting the game to bed and soon enough they had doubled their lead, as Didier Drogba climbed highest in the box to power home a header from a Frank Lampard corner. And things went from bad to worse when Lampard also bagged his obligatory goal against Bolton, by firing home a volley from Juan Mata's cross 10 minutes from time. On a sidenote, the 3-0 score bagged me a nice little winning bet kitty for guessing the correct score - so every cloud, and all that.

It was a result that will inspire some confidence in a beleaguered Chelsea side that has come under perverse criticism of late, but could be a really damaging defeat for a Bolton team short on morale. Bolton only managed one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes and at this level that simply is not good enough. Also, when you consider the likes of Sanli Tuncay and Darren Pratley play the full 90 minutes, the likelihood is you're going to get beaten at this standard.

Bolton have a run in to the end of the season that presents them with winnable matches, as realistically away to Chelsea is not a match any Wanderers fan would be even vaguely optimistic of getting anything from. But the way this Bolton side fail to put up a fight against teams and seem almost to give up goals for fun is very concerning. The addition of Tim Ream, who seems a very composed defender, should be a boost but it remains to be seen whether Owen Coyle can buck the losing trend.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole; Ramires (Mikel 88), Essien, Lampard; Mata, Sturridge (Kalou 80); Drogba (Torres 76). Unused subs: Turnbull, Bertrand, Meireles, Malouda.

Goals: Luiz (48), Drogba (61), Lampard (79)

Bolton: Bogdan; Steinsson, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts; Tuncay (Eagles 75), Reo-Coker, Muamba, Pratley, Miyaichi; Ngog (Sordell 65). Unused subs: Jaaskalainen, Robinson, Boyata, Knight, Klasnic.

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