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19:45 2th January 2012

Late Lampard Agony

Wolves 1 (Ward 84)

Chelsea 2 (Ramires 54, Lampard 89)

A late Frank Lampard goal cost Wolves a share of the spoils at Molineux although the Chelsea man was perhaps a little fortunate to still be on the field following a first-half challenge on Adam Hammill.

Just five minutes before Lampard struck, Stephen Ward had cancelled out Ramires' opener for the Londoners to seemingly give Wanderers a fully deserved point.

Five of the team that had started against Bolton just 48 hours earlier - George Elokobi, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Steven Fletcher, Stephen Hunt and Matt Jarvis - were named as substitutes. Into the team came new loan signing Emmanuel Frimpong along with Dave Edwards, Anthony Forde, Kevin Doyle and Hammill.

Wolves kicked-off attacking the South Bank end and there was a chance for Edwards after just 20 seconds but he failed to make a proper connection from 20-yards allowing Petr Cech to make a comfortable save.

Frimpong's first involvement was quickly ended by a crude Ashley Cole challenge that earned the England defender a rebuke from the referee.

Chelsea threatened when the ball broke for Juan Mata who raced into the area and hit a low shot that Wayne Hennessey blocked with Richard Stearman completing the clearance.

In the 13th minute Lampard took a short pass from Fernando Torres and looked on to score until Christrophe Berra got across with a perfect tackle to deny the midfielder a shooting opportunity.

Ramires fired into the side netting after breaking into the right of the home area, before the game erupted in the 24th minute when Lampard caught Hammill with a late challenge at speed. The crowd reacted furiously when the referee only produced the yellow card.

Hammill went into the book shortly afterwards for a clumsy challenge on Cole and he was quickly followed by Karl Henry who clipped Torres's heels just outside the 18-yard line. Lampard curled the free-kick into the box where Frimpong was well placed to clear.

The crowd's anger moved up a level after another rough challenge from Cole on Doyle who reacted by shoving the ball at the Chelsea man. The referee gave Cole another lecture but no yellow card before calling Doyle over and booking him to further enrage the home faithful.

Hammill lifted the free-kick into the box and Roger Johnson ran in on the far side to power a header against the outside of the post.

The fifth booking in a nine minute spell came when Oriol Romeu kicked the ball away after John Terry had been penalised for a foul on Hammill to the right of the Chelsea area.

Shortly before the break, Lampard tested Hennessey with a low shot from 25-yards and then the keeper pushed aside an on target effort from Jose Bosingwa.

In stoppage time, after some good work from Henry, Hammill slipped the ball to Doyle who cut into the box before firing wide of the near post.

Half-Time: Wolves 0 Chelsea 0

Jarvis was an interval replacement for Forde and he was soon in the action with a run and cross that fell to Hammill whose drive bounced clear off Terry.

Then a Ramires shove on Doyle, by the left-hand corner flag, led to a Jarvis free-kick which again found Hammill who this time curled a shot over the angle.

Chelsea moved into a 54th minute lead when Ramires controlled a corner from Mata before turning and lashing a shot into the roof of the net.

After Fletcher replaced Frimpong with just over an hour on the clock, Chelsea threatened twice more through Mata, who saw his shot beaten away by Hennessey, and Torres who was through on goal until he was thwarted by a fine challenge from Stearman.

Edwards tried to head the ball over the advancing Cech after Henry had lofted a ball into the Chelsea box, but the keeper was able to pluck the ball out of the air.

There was a final change for Wolves when Kevin Foley went on in place of Edwards.

The home goal was a little fortunate when Mata hit Stearman and the ball looped onto the roof of the net with Hennessey completely wrong footed.

Wolves drew level in the 84th minute through Ward who drove home a low shot after Fletcher had knocked Jarvis's free-kick back into the danger zone.

But all the hard work was undone five minutes later as Lampard tucked away Cole's low cross from inside the six-yard box.

Deep into stoppage time Cech pulled off a reflex save to keep out Doyle's header after a long throw from Ward. The referee blew for time before the corner conceded could be taken.

Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Ward, Frimpong (Fletcher 61), Berra, Johnson (capt), Hammill, Henry, Doyle, Edwards (Foley 76), Forde (Jarvis 45).

Unused subs: Elokobi, Ebanks-Blake, Hunt, De Vries.

Bookings: Hammill (26 - foul), Henry (27 - foul), Doyle (31 - ungentlemanly conduct).

Chelsea: Cech, Cole, Luiz, Romeu, Ramires, Lampard, Torres, Mata (McEachran 83), Meireles, Bosingwa, Terry (capt).

Unused subs: Turnbull, Lukaku, Ferreira, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Chalobah.

Bookings: Lampard (24 - foul), Romeu (33 - ungentlemanly conduct).

Referee: P. Walton.

Attendance: 27,049.

    Data provided by Press Association


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