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Chelsea stretch Premiership lead

The champions extended their lead at the top of the English Premiership to 14 points with a 3-1 win against West Ham.

football Updated: Jan 03, 2006 18:10 IST
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Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the English Premiership to 14 points with a 3-1 win at West Ham United.

Didier Drogba sealed the points for Chelsea on Monday after Hammers old boy Frank Lampard had set them on their way with the opener. Hernan Crespo scored Chelsea's second.

"We have had four matches and four wins in eight days," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said afterwards. "That is 12 points and I cannot be happier...the players have been fantastic."

Chelsea looked a class apart at West Ham and Marlon Harewood's goal for the home fans was scant consolation.

Mourniho was thrilled yet also generous to his opponents. "We made the change, introducing Hernan Crespo, and it worked immediately.

"After that we had many chances to score four of five but West Ham did not deserve that. It was a good game."

In another action, third-placed Liverpool were denied an 11th straight Premiership win when they were held 2-2 by Bolton. Second-placed Manchester United play Arsenal on Tuesday.

First Published: Jan 03, 2006 18:10 IST