Premier League: Blackpool 1 Chelsea 3

Frank Lampard hit two second half goals as Chelsea maintained their recent revival with a comfortable 3-1 victory at Bloomfield Road.

Skipper John Terry headed Chelsea into a deserved lead midway through the first half before Lampard struck twice in four minutes – once from the penalty spot – to seal the victory.

Jason Puncheon scored a late consolation for the Seasiders, who maintained their record of scoring in every home game this season.

The only blip for Chelsea was that Fernando Torres again failed to find the target in his fifth game since making a 50 million pound switch from Liverpool.

Blackpool were missing arguably their two most influential players, top scorer DJ Campbell and playmaker Charlie Adam, who were both suspended, while Didier Drogba started for Chelsea after his impressive cameo from the bench in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

Both defences were on top in the opening exchanges with Blackpool keeper Richard Kingson doing well to beat Drogba as he threatened to latch on to Torres’ miscontrol, while at the other David Carney was twice muscled out when he took up good positions.

The first meaningful chance led to the opening goal, Terry rising highest to head home Lampard’s corner in the 21st minute.

They almost got a second within minutes when Torres’s turn and shot was blocked before Kingson tipped away Jose Bosingwa’s 20-yard curler as it headed for the top corner.

Blackpool almost scrambled an equaliser on the half hour when Puncheon bulldozed through David Luiz and hit a low shot which Petr Cech was relieved to see come back of the post after he made a mess of what should have been a comfortable save.

Drogba limped off shortly after the break and his replacement Salomon Kalou was soon in the action, drawing a foul from Ian Evatt to earn Chelsea a penalty.

Lampard rolled the ball in from the spot sending Kingson the wrong way, and the midfielder got his second just four minutes later to kill off the game when he ran onto Kalou’s throughball and neatly
sidefooted past Kingson.

Torres then went close to his first goal for Chelsea but shot straight at substitute keeper Mark Halstead, after Kingson was taken off with an injury.

Blackpool got a consolation goal four minutes from the end, Puncheon firing low across Cech minutes after Matt Phillips dragged a similar chance wide.

 


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