Fernando Torres netted his first Chelsea goal as the Blues thumped West Ham 3-0 in difficult conditions at Stamford Bridge
Despite the visitors' chances, it was Chelsea went in 1-0 up at the break. A brilliant Drogba pass gave Cole the chance to cross the ball from the left flank for Frank Lampard to smash home from seven yards out. Chelsea's vice-captain made no mistake as the ball nearly broke through the net at the Shed End with two minutes of the first-half left.
Torres' maiden goal for Chelsea came after he latched onto an Anelka ball, broke into the box, turned to keep possession as the ball stuck in the water before drilling home with his left foot. The entire team buried the striker. It was 2-0 Chelsea with six minutes to play and the atmosphere was electric.
Cech would make one more save, easily gathering a long-range Frederic Piquionne effort, before Chelsea killed the game. After feeding off a Torres ball, Malouda expertly struck from the edge of the box, smashing into the net while Green could only watch. The goal means Malouda beats his league tally for last season. It's another three points for Chelsea are the title race really heats up!
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Essien (Benayoun 56), Mikel, Lampard; Kalou (Anelka 69), Drogba (Torres 75), Malouda.
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Zhirkov.
Goals Lampard, Torres, Malouda.
West Ham (4-4-2): Green (c); Jacobsen, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Bridge; Spector, Noble (Keane 59), Hitzlsperger, Sears (Obinna 81); Ba, Cole (Piquionne 78).
Unused subs Boffin, Tomkins, Kovac, Boa Morte.
Cards Hitzlsperger, Ba
Shots on target Chelsea 8 West Ham 8
Corners Chelsea 7 West Ham 7
Fouls Chelsea 8 West Ham 13
Offsides Chelsea 3 West Ham 1