PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea enjoy their break at the seaside

Chelsea easily consolidated a their place in the top four with a comfortable 3-1 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Weekend results had impacts on both teams for different reasons. Manchester United’s loss gave hope to Chelsea who took full advantage whilst Blackpool missed a chance to move away from the congested lower reaches.

The Seasiders have yet to keep a clean sheet a home this campaign and Chelsea had little difficulty in breaching their rearguard leaving Blackpool with nine league defeats in 12 games in 2011.

Perhaps the only disappointment for visiting boss Carlo Ancelotti was the failure of £50m striker Fernando Torres to open his account for the Blues.

In fact it was defender John Terry who opened the scoring, taking advantage of some poor marking to head home a Frank Lampard corner on 20 minutes.

Up to that point there had been little action but suddenly Chelsea had the confidence and Blackpool were struggled to keep the score down until the break.

But then two goals four minutes just after the hour mark made the points safe for the Blues.

Salomon Kalou is brought down in the penalty area by Ian Evatt and the provider of the first goal Lampard easily scores from the spot kick.

This is followed quickly by Kalou playing a ball through for Lampard to race clear and stroke the ball home.

Chelsea had little difficulty in controlling the rest of the proceedings but a momentary lapse of concentration allowed Jason Puncheon to score a late consolation and keep up Blackpool’s record of scoring in all their home matches this season.

Chelsea are now nine points behind leaders Manchester United but at least made inroads into securing a Champions League finish.

Referee: Mike Dean

Venue: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 15,584

Blackpool scorers: Puncheon 86
Chelsea scorers: Terry 20, Lampard 62 (pen) 66

28 Kingson (Halstead 66)
03 Crainey
05 Eardley
06 Evatt
15 Baptiste
04 Southern
11 Vaughan
29 Carney (Phillips 73)
42 Puncheon
43 Reid (Ormerod 72)
44 Beattie

13 Halstead,
14 Grandin,
23 Phillips,
10 Ormerod,
12 Taylor-Fletcher,
16 Varney,
41 Kornilenko

01 Cech
03 A Cole
04 David Luiz
17 Bosingwa
26 Terry
05 Essien
07 Ramires (McEachran 74)
08 Lampard
18 Zhirkov (Malouda 72)
09 Torres
11 Drogba (Kalou 55)

22 Turnbull,
02 Ivanovic,
19 Ferreira,
15 Malouda,
46 McEachran,
21 Kalou,
39 Anelka

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