Chelsea 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Match Review

Chelsea scored three first half goals to comfortably see off Wolves at Stamford Bridge and relieve the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Consecutive home defeats at the hands of top four rivals Arsenal and Liverpool had put the Portugeuse boss in a precarious position with reports suggestion that owner Roman Abramovich was set to dispense with his services after barely five months in charge. A series of under-par performances had seen the Blues come in for some serious criticism but they roared back into life scoring three goals in the first forty five minutes to secure an important win. Captain John Terry started things off heading home Juan Mata’s corner after seven minutes before the Spaniard set up Daniel Sturridge to make it two just before the half hour. The midfielder then got on the scoresheet himself on the stroke of half time lashing home Ashley Cole’s low cross to complete the scoring and put the smile back on his managers face. Eyes will now be cast over to Mick McCarthy who must be shouldering his fair share of pressure with his side now fourth bottom after losing for the seventh time in nine games. Wanderer’s have won only once in that sequence and look form candidate for relegation after putting in another poor display in West London. McCarthy’s men rarely threatened the home side who strolled to one of their more convincing wins of the season.

A rapid start was needed to lift the Stamford Bridge faithful out of their seats after conceding two late goals in the space of three days against Liverpool last week and Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday. Whilst the performance wasn’t vintage Chelsea did enough to secure the win and got off to a flyer when Terry gave his marker the slip before heading home Mata’s corner to break the deadlock after seven minutes. However the hosts failed to build on that lead allowing Wolves to settle into the game and looked like a side severely lacking in confidence. Despite being presented with a chance to get themselves back into the game the visitors failed to really test the Blues defence as their lack of creativity became increasingly evident. The best they could muster was a looping header from Steven Ward that never really looked like testing Petr Cech. The next goal would go onto define the contest and it was Chelsea who grabbed it on 29 minutes with Mata once again the provider crossing for Sturrige to side foot home from close range for his sixth Premier League goal of the season. The Spaniard was by far the home side’s brightest player and he deservedly got his name on the scoresheet converting Cole’s cross with aplomb and giving Chelsea a cushion going into the break.

Wolves responded well after the restart and should have nicked a goal that would have caused the tension levels to rise inside Stamford Bridge. Steven Fletcher had their best chance firing a shot narrowly wide of Cech’s goal as the away side strived to give their travelling support something to celebrate. The Blues were still a threat though and were denied more goals by some tremendous goalkeeping from Wayne Hennessey who pulled off two stunning saves to keep out strikers from Mata and Sturridge. His opposite number in the home goal was equally as impressive thwarting Matt Jarvis and Fletcher as Wolves threatened to nick a consolation. However neither side could convert the opportunities presented to them with Chelsea holding on to secure a precious three points and more important clean sheet. Villas-Boas will face tougher tests over the festive period and his side will need to perform better away at Newcastle next week.