Chelsea 3-0 Bolton Wanderers
Last Updated: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:18
Frank Lampard scored a landmark goal as Chelsea beat Bolton to end their run of five games without a win.
Lampard became Chelsea's third all-time top goalscorer as Andre Villas-Boas' side scored three second-half goals to secure a much-needed win.
It was a convincing performance in the end but the Blues were made to work for it by Bolton who traveled to Stamford Bridge on the back of defeats against Norwich and Wigan.
Daniel Sturridge came close to opening the scoring in the first half when his curling strike from 20-yards was turned around the post by Adam Bogdan.
Didier Drogba and Ramires both saw tame first-half efforts saved by the keeper as Chelsea struggled to turn their possession into chances.
Bolton almost went the entire half without having a shot but Ryo Miyaichi could have put them ahead moments before the break when he blazed over from a tight angle.
Villas-Boas may be finding life difficult in West London but his half-time team-talk seemed to work as David Luiz put them ahead three minutes after the restart with a clinical finish.
Nigel Reo-Coker almost drew the visitors level immediately when he dragged a shot wide from the edge of the area before Luiz was denied his second of the game by the woodwork.
Didier Drogba scored his 99th Premier League goal just before the hour mark with a glancing header and Lampard wrapped up the points with ten minutes remaining.
The goal was Lampard's 150th in his career and he became the first player in Premier League history to score at least ten goals in nine successive seasons.
Substitutes Salomon Kalou and Fernando Torres both squandered late opportunities for the home side whose second-half performance secured a comfortable win in front of their own fans.
The Trotters tested Petr Cech just once in the entire game and remain in 19th after slumping to their third successive league defeat.
The three points shed some light on an otherwise disappointing week for Chelsea as they move above Arsenal into fourth place in the Premiership.