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11:55 30th October 2011

PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea 4 Swans 1

There was no happy return to Stamford Bridge for Brendan Rodgers and Scott Sinclair as the Swans went down 4-1 to Chelsea.

Chelsea led through Fernando Torres and Ramires before the Spanish striker was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Mark Gower six minutes before the break.

Ramires added another for the Blues, while Nathan Dyer saw his effort rebound off the woodwork before Ashley Williams headed in a consolation.

Substitute Didier Drogba finished off the Swans deep into injury time as he put the gloss on a pleasing win for Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Brendan named an unchanged starting XI from the previous week's win over West Brom, with fit-again Danny Graham included among the substitutes.

Chelsea were without suspended defender Alex while former Swan loanee Frank Lampard had to make do with a place on the bench.

Chelsea: Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (capt), Ashley Cole, Raul Meireles (Josh McEachran, 83), John Obi Mikel, Juan Mata (Florent Malouda, 59), Ramires, Nicolas Anelka (Didier Drogba, 79), Fernando Torres. Unused subs: Ross Turnbull, David Luiz, Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou.

Swans: Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk (capt), Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton (Wayne Routledge, ht), Mark Gower, Joe Allen, Nathan Dyer (Stephen Dobbie, 71, Scott Sinclair, Leroy Lita (Danny Graham, 59). Unused subs: Gerhard Tremmel, Jazz Richards, Fede Bessone, Luke Moore.

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 41,800

Prior to kick-off, both Sinclair and Brendan were given a warm reception by the home crowd, who acknowledged their service to the club.

But come the first whistle, the pleasantries were over.

The Swans started well, enjoying a fair share of possession in the opening 15 minutes despite not creating any clear cut chances.

The important matter, however, was that they restricted Chelsea to a sole Raul Meireles half-volley - which floated over Michel Vorm's crossbar - in that period.

Leon Britton then made a timely block on Ramires' effort in the box before Meireles dragged his 20-yard effort wide.

Another Ramires low drive was gathered by Vorm, but the heavy pressure saw the Swans forced deep and on the back foot.


The pressure told, Juan Mata 's chipped pass finding Torres in the box, and the Spaniard's shot on the turn found the bottom far corner after 28 minutes.

The Swans went close as Mark Gower's free-kick was flicked on by Angel Rangel but Ashley Williams just failed to connect at the back post.

It proved a brief respite, seven minutes later as Torres' neat pass to Cole saw a three-on-two situation in Chelsea's favour. Cole sent Ramires through into the box and he blasted past Vorm to double the Blues' lead.

Then, a glimmer of hope for the Swans. Torres lunged in on Gower just inside the Swans half, and with the midfielder sent tumbling over, referee Mike Dean produced a red card.

The question now was whether the Swans could build on it.

The half ended with Chelsea 2-0 ahead, but the second period was certainly going to be an interesting affair.


Half-time: Chelsea 2 Swans 0

Brendan made one change during the break, replacing Leon Britton with Wayne Routledge in an attacking tactical switch.

The Swans boss would have demanded a positive start, and he got one.

Following a neat one-two, Nathan Dyer saw his effort deflect off Mikel and onto the crossbar to win a corner.

Then, Angel Rangel won a 50-50 challenge with Cole before racing on. His cross looked primed for Lita in the box, but Bratislav Ivanovic just managed to clear at full stretch.

But Chelsea upped their game and Anelka struck the crossbar from 25 yards following a lone, mazy run.

Ramires went closer, adding the third after he came off better in challenge with Ashley Williams and the midfielder wrong-footed Vorm for his second goal.

Unfazed by this, the Swans managed to grab a deserved consolation - the club's first Premier League goal on their travels.

It came from a pinpoint Mark Gower free-kick as Williams rose highest at the back post and headed back into the corner of the net past Petr Cech.

Unfortunately for the visitors, Chelsea had the last word with the last kick of the game.

Substitute Didier Drogba walted along the edge of the box and then struck his effort into the bottom corner with Vorm helpless.

A deserved victory for Chelsea, but the scoreline seemed a little harsh on the Swans.

However, it was a tough reminder of the harsh, ruthless reality of the Premier League.

    Data provided by Press Association