Belfast Telegraph

Chelsea storm past Blackpool

Chelsea moved four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 4-0 victory over new boys Blackpool at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues destroyed Ian Holloway's side with four first-half goals - two from Florent Malouda and others from Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba.

Blackpool improved in the second half and Branislav Ivanovic had to clear off the line from DJ Campbell while substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher brought a fine save from Petr Cech.

The writing was on the wall for the Seasiders as early as the second minute when Kalou gave Chelsea the dream start after 70 seconds by sweeping home Drogba's corner.

It was two in the 12th minute. Drogba was again the provider when his searching centre across the face of goal found Malouda at the far post, who turned in with ease.

The precession continued on the half-hour mark and Drogba got in on the act , with his turn and shot taking a deflection past Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks

Chelsea looked like scoring with every attack and made it four five minutes before the interval. Kalou broke the offside trap and squared for Malouda, who fired home from 16 yards.

Drogba should have made it five before the break but was denied by Gilks after an outrageous piece of skill and Michael Essien flashed a header wide from the resulting corner.

Blackpool appeared a different proposition after the break and DJ Campbell almost registered, but his effort was cleared off the line by Branislav Ivanovic, while Charlie Adam's rasping effort flew just over. Cech was again called into action as Blackpool's spirited response continued, tipping over Gary Taylor-Fletcher's curling effort.

Chelsea reasserted themselves though and Kalou, Ashley Cole, Drogba and Malouda all should have furthered the advantage.


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