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Player Ratings – The Chelsea March On Edition

An emphatic first half performance from Chelsea ensured there would be no giant slaying in this David versus Goliath style fixture against Blackpool today.

Spirits amongst the Blackpool players were sure to have been high following their victory over Newcastle away from home, but nothing gets your feet back on the ground quite like a trip to Stamford Bridge.

Injured duo John Terry and Frank Lampard watched from the stands as their team mates went about putting the game to bed within the first forty-five minutes.

A goal from Kalou in the second minute provided an ominous sign of things to come, then two goals from Malouda and one from Drogba left Blackpool with what looked like an insurmountable tower to climb to get back in the match.

Ian Holloway must have given an inspiring team talk at half time, as the Blackpool team started the second half with renewed vigour. Despite being all but defeated, they were not deflated.

Chelsea’s foot appeared to have slipped off the gas as Blackpool had all the chances in the early stages of the second half, coming close to grabbing a goal on a number of occasions.

By the 70th minute Chelsea started to turn up the heat again and started to create chances. However, they were unable to score with ease in the same way they did in the first half.

Chelsea could have had a few more goals if they had been able to finish their chances, but the game finished 4-0 with Blackpool putting in a second half display they could be proud of.

The win opens up a four point gap over Arsenal and Manchester United at the top of the table for Chelsea after only five games, though pundits have been quick to point out that Chelsea have had an easy set of fixtures to start the season and are yet to have a true test of their title credentials.

Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that tougher ties lie ahead for the Champions, starting with their trip to Eastlands to face Manchester City.

Player ratings:

: Cech 7, Ivanovic 7, Cole 8, Ferreira 7, Alex 7 , Essien 7, Ramires 6, Mikel ,Malouda 8, Drogba 8, Kalou 7.

Subs: Bruma, Zhirkov, Benayoun.

: Gilks 6, Crainey 5, Eardley 5, Evatt 5,Baptiste 6,Keinan 6,Vaughan 6, Adam 6, Grandin 5, Varney 6, Campbell 6.

Subs: Taylor-Fletcher, Harewood, Ormerod.

Man of the Match: Didier Drogba

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