Belfast Telegraph

Lampard hands Chelsea victory

Frank Lampard eased the pressure on Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas with a late winner in the 2-1 victory against Wolves 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 before 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.

Richard Stearman made a fine tackle to deny England midfielder Lampard an early chance and the home side threatened themselves before the break through Roger Johnson, who clipped the post with a header.

However, Chelsea ended the first half on the offensive with Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey turning aside Jose Bosingwa's powerful drive.

Half-time substitute Matt Jarvis' pace took him past Bosingwa before his cross fell to Adam Hammill 15 yards out. He kept his volley down but it bounced up invitingly for goalkeeper Cech, who saved to his right.

Ramires put the Blues in front in the 54th minute. John Terry attacked a Juan Mata corner but managed only the slightest of touches and the ball broke to the Brazilian, who scored his sixth goal of the campaign.

Fernando Torres volleyed wide before Hennessey blocked a Raul Meireles attempt, Stearman produced a crucial challenge to halt Torres inside the box and Mata fired wide.

Ward brought Wolves level in the 84th minute after substitute Steven 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 an injury-time save from Cech to protect all three points.


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