Lampard on target for Chelsea

2009-12-17 00:03

London - Frank Lampard scored from the penalty spot to restore Chelsea's three-point lead in the Premier League with a 2-1 home win against bottom club Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Champions Manchester United had pulled level on points on Tuesday after beating a second-string Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in manager Alex Ferguson's 900th league game in charge.

Arsenal failed to match the pace, held 1-1 by a spirited Burnley at a rain-lashed Turf Moor to move ahead of Aston Villa on goal difference in third place with a game in hand but eight points off the lead.

Chelsea have 40 points, United 37 and Arsenal 32.

Chelsea, without injured top scorer Didier Drogba, dominated from the start at a chilly Stamford Bridge against opponents led by their own former manager Avram Grant, who was given a warm welcome by the home fans.

Nicolas Anelka put the Blues ahead midway through the first half, slotting the ball into the bottom right corner past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who started as a replacement for unwell David James.

Portsmouth refused to give in and were rewarded five minutes after the break when Jamie O'Hara's free kick hit the wall and fell for Frederic Piquionne to smash the equaliser into the roof of the net.

With Chelsea looking in danger of squandering another opportunity after failing to kill the game off in the first half, Lampard stepped up to lash home the 79th minute penalty.


  • aluwani - 2009-12-17 10:41

    Chelsea the title is yours as long we have know betting on you guys .rock guys will always be on your side

  • Joe - 2009-12-17 11:32

    Bit of a dive from Lamps would`nt one think????

  • Chels - 2009-12-17 12:00

    go team blue, let's show England and Europe what we made off....

  • andy - 2009-12-17 12:11

    God of soccer save chelsea, they have to play well if they really want to be the camp>

  • Alexio - 2009-12-17 13:12

    What a stupid penalty to concede, the guy was going nowhere. Maybe he was paid to give the penalty away. With Chelsea and the crooked ways anything is possible. Oh! BTW I believe they maybe again in trouble with FIFA b'cos they lied to Ghana that Essien is injured, didn't release him in November for Ghana's friendly against Angola, but played him in the Premiership against Wolves. They can have points deducted for this offence, but again its Chelsea, and they can buy anything!

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