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.
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.
Referee: Mike Dean
Venue: Bloomfield Road
28 Kingson (Halstead 66)
29 Carney (Phillips 73)
43 Reid (Ormerod 72)
03 A Cole
04 David Luiz
07 Ramires (McEachran 74)
18 Zhirkov (Malouda 72)
11 Drogba (Kalou 55)