ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Stuart Holden and Bolton shirked their defensive responsibilities and paid the price at home when Champions Chelsea came to town.
Didier Drogba unleashed a belter in the 11th minute which ultimately took the life out of Bolton. Florent Malouda stripped Gretar Steinsson of possession and the ball fell kindly to Drogba who was yards of space round him on either side.
Holden was the closest player 15 yards away but Drogba was able to unleash a 30 yard rocket that swerved over Jussi Jaaskelainen before Holden could make a tackle.
Malouda got his name on the scoresheet after Bolton failed to clear their lines. Malouda was afforded a second chance at goal after nearly seven Wanderers found themselves in the six yard box but the midfielder tucked away his shot at the second time of asking with only four minutes left in the first half.
Chelsea killed off the game through Nicolas Anelka who got the killer third in the 56th minute. Kevin Davies terribly gave away possession with a slack pass and Chelsea quickly countered with numbers. Michael Essien tried to pick out Drogba at the near post but it bounced back to the awaiting Anelka who's left footed shot deflected off of Jaaskelainen for the goal.
Ramires hit his first for Chelsea since arriving, pushing Chelsea's total to four on the night in the 74th minute. The Bolton keeper might have done better on Anelka's shot after getting a hand to the shot while again the keeper got a paw on Ramires' shot. The away players swarmed their teammate to show their appreciation for the striker's first goal in English soccer.
Bolton have until Saturday to figure things out when Wigan come to Reebok Stadium on Saturday.