FINAL WHISTLE: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke

Chelsea cruised to their third consecutive win of the new season with a 2-0 defeat of Stoke City at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea: 2 (Florent Malouda 32’, Didier Drogba (p) 77’)
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Chelsea cruised to their third consecutive win of the new season with a 2-0 defeat of Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea: 2 (Florent Malouda 32’, Didier Drogba (p) 77’)
Stoke City: 0

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Fulham, West London
Crowd: 40,931
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Yellow cards: CH - nil
SC - Dean Whitehead 37’, Matthew Etherington 45’

Despite Frank Lampard’s 11th minute miss from the penalty spot, the Blues were in complete cruise control against the Potters and maintained their unbeaten run to stay top of the Premier League.

Florent Malouda netted his fourth goal of the season in the 32nd minute, receiving a neat pass from John Terry before smashing it home past Thomas Sorensen to open the scoring.

Chelsea were unable to lash in six like they had done in their past two outings but did manage a second in the 77th minute when Nicolas Anelka was brought down in the area by Sorensen with Didier Drogba slotting the ensuing spotkick.

Chelsea’s record is now three wins from three, scoring 14 goals and conceding nil, whilst Stoke have slumped to three losses and sit second bottom on the table.

Starting Line-Ups

CH
Petr Cech (gk), John Terry, Alex, Ashley Cole, Paulo Ferreira, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard (Kalou 72’), Michael Essien (Ramires 85’), Florent Malouda, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka (Sturridge 81’)

Subs - Ross Turnbull (gk), Yossi Benayoun, Salomon Kalou (72’), Yuri Zhirkov, Daniel Sturridge (81’), Ramires (85’), Patrick van Aanholt

SC
Thomas Sorensen (gk), Ryan Shawcross, Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Huth, Danny Collins, Andy Wilkinson, Rory Delap, Matthew Etherington, Dean Whitehead, Jonathan Walters, Kenwyne Jones

Subs - Asmir Begovic (gk), Michael Tonge, Ricardo Fuller, Glenn Whelan, Danny Higginbotham, Danny Pugh, Tuncay Sanli

 
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