Monday January 2, 2012 Day 20 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 2 Chelsea

  • Ward 85’
  • Ramires 54’
  • Lampard 89’

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  1. Lampard's late strike eases Chelsea pressure

    Lampard's late strike eases Chelsea pressure

    Frank Lampard scored in the 89th minute as Chelsea secured their first win in five Premier League matches with a 2-1 result at Wolves. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+3' That's the last action of the match, and Chelsea have held on for their first win in five games!
    • 90+3' One last chance for Wolves. The long throw comes in and it's flicked on for Doyle to head on goal... Palmed over the bar by Cech! What late drama!
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Lampard's eighth goal of the season is a harsh blow for Wolves after they had just equalise, but the relief of Villas-Boas's face shows that is the last thing on his mind right now!
    • 89' GOAL!! WOLVES 1-2 CHELSEA!! Torres slips a ball into Cole's path on the left, and the full-back's cross is guided home from close range by Lampard!
    • 88' In all fairness, Wolves have been good value for a point for much of this match.
    • 86' Stephen ward's third league goal of the season is a big one for Wolves, but it could prove a disastrous one for Chelsea.
    • 85' GOAL!! WOLVES 1-1 CHELSEA!! Jarvis chips a ball over the top that Fletcher steers back across the box for Ward to fire low past Cech for the equaliser!!
    • 83' Chelsea substitution: Josh McEachran replaces Mata.
    • 80' Mata turns and goes for a strke fromt he edge of the box. It deflects off a Wolves player, loops up over the helpless Hennessey and lands on the roof of the net! Just a corner to Chelsea.
    • 79' Chelsea are continuing to increase the pressure on Wolves, who are not letting them in behind them easily.
    • 78' Robert Plant is looking on with concern from the stand. Insert your own Led Zepellin song-based pun if you like.
    • 76' Wolves substitution: Kevin Foley replaces Edwards.
    • 75' chelsea looking very comfortable in possession now. Torres makes his way past his marker into the box with the ball, but is judged to have fouled his man.
    • 74' Bosingwa does well to win the ball from Jarvis and shield it before playing a crossfield pass to Cole.
    • 72' Torres tees up Mata inside the Wolves area for a strike, but the Spain playmaker fires wide of the near post with his left-footed dig.
    • 70' Lampard squares the ball to Torres on the edge of the box. The Spaniard skips his way into the area through three defenders and gets ready to shoot only to be tackled by Berra at the crucial moment!
    • 69' Torres does well in getting to the byline and diggin out a cross to Meireles at the far post that is diverted out of the Portuguese's way by a Wolves player in the nick of time.
    • 68' Ramires surges into the box and his shot stings the palms of Hennessey! Wolves break with great efficiency and the ball coems to Jarvis out wide. Luiz forces the winger to check his run and when the cross eventually comes in it's too deep for a gold shirt to meet.
    • 67' Raul Meireles has a pop from a tight angle on the right and fires his shot wide.
    • 66' Torres manages to catch a cross on the volley, but it was always going to be difficult to keep it from going over Hennessey's bar.
    • 65' The switch to 4-4-2 from Wolves has allowed Chelsea to begin calling the shots in midfield once again. The Blues are getting a lot more time in the middle of the park now.
    • 63' Torres's influence has waned somewhat since the start of the second half. With only Romelu Lukaku on the chelsea bench as a striking option, will he get to play the full 90 minutes?
    • 61' Wolves substitution: Fletcher replaces Frimpong.
    • 60' Torres plays in Ramires at ther byline and the Brazilian clips a cross back into the box. The ball is cleared before Torres or a team-mate can get on the end of it.
    • 58' Wolves have gained 10 points from losing positions this season, the best in the Premier League. Chelsea have dropped 10 points from winning positions. Blackburn Rovers (14), Norwich City (12) and West Bromwich Albion (11) are the only teams to have lost more points from winning positions this season than Chelsea.
    • 57' That goal might feel a touch harsh on Wolves, who don't really deserve to be behind. Will McCarthy be bringing top scorer Steven Fletcher off the bench soon?
    • 55' Ramires celebrates his fourth league goal of the season by running over to celebrate with the chelsea bench.
    • 54' GOAL!! WOLVES 0-1 CHELSEA!! The corner comes to the feet of Ramires, who spins 360 to escape the attentions of Ward before blasting into the roof of the net!
    • 54' Torres twists and turns his way into the Wolves area but will have to be happy with a corner.
    • 53' Chelsea have failed to win any of their last four PL matches in which the scores were level at the break.
    • 51' Doyle wins a free-kick off Ramires down by the corner flag. Wolves play the free-kick quickly and Hammill fires over the bar!
    • 50' Jarvis gets his first chance to shift down the left wing. His gets in a great cross that Hammill strikes on the half-volley... Blocked by a Chelsea defender before it can trouble Cech!
    • 48' Luiz gets in a spot of bother on the halfway line and goes down rather easily. He wins the free-kick, much to the annoyance of McCarthy, who takes up the issue with Luiz personally!
    • 47' At Molineux it is still goalless despite Chelsea being the second top scorers in first halves this term with 19 goals and Wolverhampton Wanderers letting in the most PL goals in first halves this season (20).
    • 46' Chelsea get the second half underway!
    • HT Wolves substitution: Matt Jarvis will replace Anthony Forde for the second half.
    • 45+3' The whistle blows to bring an exciting and competitive first half to a close.
    • 45+2' Doyle is played in down the Wolves right by Hammill and the Ireland forward drags his shot wide of the near post from the edge of the box!
    • 45+1' Terry leaps highest to meet Mata's corner but he guides his header over the bar!
    • 45' Mata feeds Lampard on the left and the midfielder chips a cross into the box that runs behind Torres. The ball comes to Bosingwa and his strike from distance is tipped around the post by Hennessey for a corner!
    • 44' Chelsea have plenty of possession in the Wolves half as they probe for an opportunity, but Lampard gets impatient and goes for a pop from distance. It's another easy one for Hennessey. Villas-Boas applauds his team's build-up play from the touchline.
    • 42' Wolves clear the corner and repel the second wave of the Chelsea attack after that.
    • 41' Ramires surges to the byline and is denied the right to cross by a well-timed tackle from Henry.
    • 40' Kelvin Wall asks on Twitter if Hammill has been playing well. He's been Wolves' best midfielder so far, that's for sure. Frimpong having a rather uneven debut.
    • 39' It's another decent Hammill delivery, but this time Terry gets his head to the ball before a Wolves player and he glances the ball away from danger.
    • 38' Terry controls the ball with his hand before clearing, and Wolves have another free-kick on the right flank. This is where their two best chances have come from.
    • 37' Cole makes his way down the left, latches on to a pass out wide and gets in his cross, but his pass across the six-yard box is intercepted and cleared.
    • 36' Luiz tries to ping a 60-yard crossfield pass to Torres but it goes out for a throw, much to the delight of the home crowd.
    • 35' The tempo has barely relented since the kick-off here. The way things are going, it would not be a surprise to see at least one of these teams end the match with fewer than 11 men.
    • 33' Another Wolves free-kick sent in by Hammill and this time it's Ward who wins the header but glances it wide! The Irishman found himself unmakred in the middle of the box!
    • 32' On Twitter both Leon Thum and Zahari Nawi believe there is hope in a Torres-Lampard partnership, while Natalie Cheeseman believes all Torres needs is a good run of games to find his best form again. Any Wolves fans out there? Get in touch with me @tony_mabert.
    • 31' Hammill swings in the free-kick from deep on the right and Roger Johnson's header is saved at the near post by Cech! Best chance of the match so far!
    • 30' The referee has words with Ashley Cole after the England left-back has been involved in a few rough incidents, largely of his own making.
    • 29' Mccarthy is still arguing the toss with fourth official Howard Webb over the booking meted out to Hammill and Lampard. He's not one for going quietly!
    • 28' Lampard attempts to fire in a low delivery but it is cleared by Wolves.
    • 27' Torres trips over on the edge of the box and Karl Henry is booked. Chelsea have a free-kick on the left-hand corner of the box.
    • 26' Now Hammill has gone into the referee's book! Not sure if that is is for any continued argument over the decision to only book Lampard. Hammill and Mick McCarthy both laugh in disbelif!
    • 25' Replays show that Lampard tackle was rather severe. He had studs showing as he caught Hammill on the ankle. Some referees might have seen that differently to Walton.
    • 24' Adam Hammill makes a clearance but is caught late by Lampard. The Chelsea man gets the game's first booking.
    • 23' Ramires has spent much of his wide on the right today so far, but his hoisted cross that flies into the crowd is a good indiction of why he is not regarded as a winger!
    • 22' Kevin Doyle has barely been in the match thus far, and he is unable to get in front of Luiz and prevent Chelsea getting a goal kick on this occasion.
    • 21' Chelsea have won six and lost one of the seven Premier League games against Wolves, with the one defeat coming at Molineux last season.
    • 20' A poor pass from Frimpong helps Chelsea instigate an attack. Bosingwa sees Torres in the box but the cross is behind the striker. Torres is spending a lot of his time in wide positions rather than looking to finish off moves at the moment.
    • 19' Bosingwa slips a ball down the right channel for Ramires, but Berra does well to shield the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 17' Chelsea are enjoying the run of the midfield at the moment, although Wolves are making them work for any opportunities created. The home side are yet to test Cech in the Chelsea goal.
    • 16' On the tweets Sam Greening believes Chelsea are relying on Lampard to deliver the points for chelsea rather than Torres, while Michael Vu reckons Nando will finally show his true worth. Have your say by getting in touch @tony_mabert.
    • 15' Wolves have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 Premier League games at Molineux.
    • 14' Stephen Ward unable to prevent a Chelsea corner. This is a good spell for the visitors. Mata's initial delivery is headed half-clear and Ramires meets the second ball with a half-hearted hooked shot that's easy for Hennessey.
    • 13' Ramires surges into the Wolves box. He is forced slightly away from goal but still gets his shot away and hits the side netting!
    • 12' Torres spins on the ball and sneaks it into the box for Frank Lampard. The veteran midfielder latches on to the pass but Stearman does enough to put him off his shot!
    • 11' Wolves' forward players are not giving chelsea a moment to spare on the ball. David Luiz and Terry both have to rush their passes out of defence.
    • 10' Torres drops deep again and wins the ball. He plays it forward over the top but there is not a team-mate there to chase it.
    • 8' Torres capitalises on a mix-up in midfield and pounces on the loose ball. He sweeps a lovely weighted pass forward for Mata, who tries to lift a finish over Hennessey but the keeper gets a hand to it!
    • 7' Ashley Cole leaps in with a challenge on Emmanuel Frimpong and brings down the Wolves debutant. The on-loan Arsenal midfielder is back upon his feet soon enough and Cole escapes censure from referee Peter Walton.
    • 6' John Terry plays a ball over the top for Torres to chase into the corner. The striker holds the ball up and keeps play moving, but the move breaks down.
    • 5' Mata tries to make headway down the left flank but he has his shirt tugged by Richard Stearman. Chelsea can't make good use of the free-kick.
    • 4' Mata fancies his chances with the dead ball, but he fires comfortably over Wayne Hennessey's bar.
    • 3' Christophe Berra slides in on Fernando Torres from behind and Chelsea have a free-kick some 30 yards from goal.
    • 2' Ramires makes progress down the right and gets a low ball in across the box. It comes to Juan Mata, but the little Spaniard is forced away from goal and play goes back into the Chelsea half.
    • 1' Wolves kick off and we're underway at Molineux! Just 18 seconds in and David Edwards has a sight of goal from 25 yards, but he drags a tame shot along the turf and it's an easy save for Petr Cech.
    • 14:58 The players are out on the pitch now. We'll be underway soon. You can share your thoughts on the match either way posting in the comments section below or by getting in touch with me via Twitter @tony_mabert.
    • 14:55 We are just a few minutes away from kick-off in what could be a crucial match in the reign of Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea. Having already seen their vain title hopes evaporate in December, a second defeat on the bounce would also put their prospects of Champions League qualification in serious jeopardy. Despite that, Villas-Boas is refusing to panic. AVB: No need for sweeping changes
    • 14:50 Chelsea's players are in "open mutiny" with manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to Monday's papers. The Sun reports that the club's highly-paid stars, "believe the Blues boss is tactically inept and cannot handle Premier League players," the paper reports. Apparently the final straw came when the outgoing Nicolas Anelka was banned from the club's Christmas party, a decision branded "petty and spiteful". Papers: 'Open mutiny' at Chelsea
    • 14:45 According to Chelsea, Drogba is out with calf and ankle problems, while Sturridge has a hip injury. Either way, this is the ideal opportunity for Torres to hit the ground running in 2012 after enduring such a terrible first 12 months at Chelsea. The Spain striker scored just five goals for his club and none for his country in 2011. With a European Championship coming up, this is El Nino's time to shine.
    • 14:40 This is the 100th league meeting between these two sides since the first in 1906. Of the previous 99, Wolves have won 37 to Chelsea's 36. In this fixture last season, almost exactly a year ago, a Jose Bosingwa own goal saw Wolves win 1-0. When these two sides met in lat November at Stamford Bridge, goals from John Terry, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata sealed a comfortable 3-0 win for the Blues. Match report: Chelsea coast to win over Wolves
    • 14:35 Wolves are unbeaten so far over the festive period. A win today could move them as much as five points clear of the relegation zone depending on results elsewhere. Chelsea lost last time out at home to Aston Villa, and have not won any of their last four matches. A win in the Black Country would see them move up to fourth, one point above Arsenal ahead of the Gunners' evening kick-off at Fulham. Premier League table
    • 14:30 With Didier Drogba preparing for the African Cup of Nations, Fernando Torres begins what is expected to be an extended run in the team spearheading the Chelsea attack. Jose Bosingwa and Frank Lampard also return to the starting line-up, with Paulo Ferreira and Daniel Sturrdige making way..Branislav Ivanovic and John Obi Mikel (both hamstring) remain sidelined, along with Michael Essien (knee). Chelsea team page
    • 14:25 Midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong makes his debut for Wolves following his loan move from Arsenal. Striker Steven Fletcher only makes the bench after taking a knock in yesterday's draw with Bolton while Dave Edwards has recovered from illness to make the starting line-up in after playing 45 minutes at the Reebok Stadium. Full-back Ronald Zubar (knee) misses out and Nenad Milijas is suspended. Wolves team page
    • 14:20 WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Hammill, Henry, Frimpong, Forde, Edwards, Doyle. Subs:De Vries, Elokobi, Foley, Hunt, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher /// CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Cole, Terry, Luiz, Romeu, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lukaku, Ferreira, McEachran, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Chalobah.
    • 14:15 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux!
  • Summary

    • 90+3' One last chance for Wolves. The long throw comes in and it's flicked on for Doyle to head on goal... Palmed over the bar by Cech! What late drama!
    • 89' GOAL!! WOLVES 1-2 CHELSEA!! Torres slips a ball into Cole's path on the left, and the full-back's cross is guided home from close range by Lampard!
    • 85' GOAL!! WOLVES 1-1 CHELSEA!! Jarvis chips a ball over the top that Fletcher steers back across the box for Ward to fire low past Cech for the equaliser!!
    • 80' Mata turns and goes for a strke fromt he edge of the box. It deflects off a Wolves player, loops up over the helpless Hennessey and lands on the roof of the net! Just a corner to Chelsea.
    • 68' Ramires surges into the box and his shot stings the palms of Hennessey! Wolves break with great efficiency and the ball coems to Jarvis out wide. Luiz forces the winger to check his run and when the cross eventually comes in it's too deep for a gold shirt to meet.
    • 54' GOAL!! WOLVES 0-1 CHELSEA!! The corner comes to the feet of Ramires, who spins 360 to escape the attentions of Ward before blasting into the roof of the net!
    • 50' Jarvis gets his first chance to shift down the left wing. His gets in a great cross that Hammill strikes on the half-volley... Blocked by a Chelsea defender before it can trouble Cech!
    • 45+2' Doyle is played in down the Wolves right by Hammill and the Ireland forward drags his shot wide of the near post from the edge of the box!
    • 45+1' Terry leaps highest to meet Mata's corner but he guides his header over the bar!
    • 45' Mata feeds Lampard on the left and the midfielder chips a cross into the box that runs behind Torres. The ball comes to Bosingwa and his strike from distance is tipped around the post by Hennessey for a corner!
    • 33' Another Wolves free-kick sent in by Hammill and this time it's Ward who wins the header but glances it wide! The Irishman found himself unmakred in the middle of the box!
    • 31' Hammill swings in the free-kick from deep on the right and Roger Johnson's header is saved at the near post by Cech! Best chance of the match so far!
    • 13' Ramires surges into the Wolves box. He is forced slightly away from goal but still gets his shot away and hits the side netting!
    • 12' Torres spins on the ball and sneaks it into the box for Frank Lampard. The veteran midfielder latches on to the pass but Stearman does enough to put him off his shot!
    • 8' Torres capitalises on a mix-up in midfield and pounces on the loose ball. He sweeps a lovely weighted pass forward for Mata, who tries to lift a finish over Hennessey but the keeper gets a hand to it!
    • 14:20 WOLVES: Hennessey, Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward, Hammill, Henry, Frimpong, Forde, Edwards, Doyle. Subs:De Vries, Elokobi, Foley, Hunt, Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake, Fletcher /// CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Cole, Terry, Luiz, Romeu, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Mata, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Lukaku, Ferreira, McEachran, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Chalobah.

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