CHELSEA demolished Aston Villa and romped back to the top of the table, completing a haul of 12 league goals in just four days.
The Blues ran riot against a Villa team, who will not now be looking forward to their FA Cup semi final date against Chelsea at Wembley in a fortnight.
The scoring started on the quarter hour, when Florent Malouda crossed a soft ball right on the edge of the six yard box that somehow managed to evade three Villa defenders. Frank Lampard, rushing in on the far post, slid for it and just managed to give the ball the nudge it needed to find the back of the net.
That lead lasted 15 minutes before Chelsea were caught out by their lackadaisical defending. Ashley Young sent a cross-box pass that should usually have been thumped back past the half-way line.
However a combination of spin, bounce and disorganisation meant it found John Carew – who slammed it home.
Just before half time Yuri Zhirkov, on a dangerous dart into the opposition box, found himself felled by the leg of James Collins. The outcome was clear, and referee Peter Walton didn't have to deliberate for long to award the penalty. Frank Lampard fired up and left, and the lead was restored.
Zhirkov was again involved just before the hour, when he picked up a Lampard ball on the wing, and crossed for Florent Malouda in the box.
The Frenchman pivoted on his feet to swerve and volley home. It was only another five minutes before Chelsea added a fourth – again from the penalty spot, and again following a foul on Zhirkov. Lampard stepped up to score his 150th goal for Chelsea – an achievement that placed him third in the club's all time scoring records.
The fifth came from the boot of Malouda in the 68th minute, sub Saloman Kalou made it six in the 83rd and Lampard scored in injury time.
Chelsea's lead may be short lived, with Manchester United playing at Bolton this evening.