Frank Lampard gave the perfect response to critics who claim he is past his best as the Chelsea midfielder hit a hat-trick in his side's 5-1 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.sports Updated: Oct 02, 2011 23:49 IST
Frank Lampard gave the perfect response to critics who claim he is past his best as the Chelsea midfielder hit a hat-trick in his side's 5-1 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.
Lampard had been dropped by both Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas and England coach Fabio Capello at various times since the start of the season, prompting suggestions that the 33-year-old is approaching the end of his career at the highest level.
The Blues took the lead after just 92 seconds when Daniel Sturridge, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bolton last season, punished poor marking to head Juan Mata's corner past Adam Bogdan.
Sturridge turned provider in the 15th minute as his perfectly weighted pass was swept into the net by Lampard.
Chelsea's third goal arrived in the 25th minute. Sturridge's low shot from the edge of the area. Lampard scored his second two minutes later with a tap in after the Hungarian goalkeeper spilled David Luiz's shot.
Dedryck Boyata got one back for Bolton with a header from Martin Petrov's 46th minute free-kick, but Lampard completed his treble in the 59th minute.
North London rivets
Tottenham piled on the misery for north London rivals Arsenal as Kyle Walker's long-range strike clinched a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Harry Redknapp's side condemned the Gunners to their fourth defeat in seven Premier League games this season after Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny failed to deal with Walker's swerving 30-yard effort in the 73rd minute at White Hart Lane.
Sixth-placed Spurs had taken the lead through Rafael van der Vaart's cool finish in the 40th minute from an Emmanuel Adebayor cross which he controlled superbly in the box.
Arsenal equalised in the 51st minute when Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey finished off Alex Song's cross from close-range, but Walker settled a fiercely-fought derby when his shot slipped through.