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Bolton 0 – 1 Chelsea

5953.jpg7 October, FA Premier League, Reebok StadiumAn individual piece of excellence from Salomon Kalou was enough as Chelsea dispatched Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. The single goal on the stroke of the interval was the first scored in four Premier League matches for the FA Cup holders, and was sufficient for Chelsea to return to West London with all three points, although a header from Stelios in the dieing seconds almost salvaged a point for the home side.Avram Grant’s side, buoyed by the midweek heroics in Valencia received some welcome news when Frank Lampard was declared fit to play, and an authoritative performance by the dynamic England midfielder brought about Bolton’s ultimate demise.But despite Chelsea’s early pressure, which forced a good save from Kalou’s flicked header by Jussi Jaaskelainen, it was Bolton who took the game by the neck early on.Petr Cech saved well from on-loan Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie and made a vital stop after a driving run and shot by captain Kevin Davies, after the Bolton striker had taken on Ashley Cole and made a yard of space for himself, only to launch his shot too close to the Czech goalkeeper.Frank Lampard, a player who had scored three times in his last three visits to the Reebok launched a rising shot from twenty yards which Jaaskelainen did well to stop. The Bolton ‘keeper was again called into action when a brilliant headed pass from Kalou was hit on the half-volley by Florent Malouda, but Jaaskelainen made the stop. Malouda had been guilty of wasting an excellent opportunity moments before._44162010_kalou_pa416.jpgTerry and Cech were formidable at the back for Chelsea, who were benefiting from Ricardo Carvalho’s midweek return to the side from injury.Cech made saves from Diouf, Campo and a brilliant stop to save Nicholas Anelka’s well-struck drive before Kalou made the breakthrough. A fortunate bounce took a Bolton defender out of the equation, before Kalou steered the ball home from six yards.The second half was little more than a midfield contest, but Bolton continued to press against the Chelsea backline. Diouf wasted chances and Davies ballooned over from close range before Stelios shaved the crossbar deep in injury time with a header.The win was a first for over a month for Chelsea in the Premier League, and a second in succession in all competitions. The Blues take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside after the International break with Manchester United and Arsenal in their sights.Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Joey O'Brien (Giannakopoulos 85), Andy O'Brien, Meite, Gardner, Campo, Davies, Guthrie, McCann, Diouf (Wilhelmsson 66), Anelka.Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Cid, Braaten. Booked: Campo, Diouf, McCann, Davies, Jaaskelainen. Chelsea: Cech, 7 Belletti, 6, Terry, 6, Carvalho, 6, Ashley Cole, 6, Lampard, 8, Makelele, 6, Sidwell, 6, Malouda, 6, Joe Cole, 6, Kalou, 8Subs Used: Pizarro, 6, Shevchenko, 6, Ferreira, 6Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Ben HaimBooked: CarvalhoAtt: 20,059 Ref: Alan Wiley

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