CHELSEA cruised to a 3-0 win against a poor Wolves side who flattered the Blues.
Chelsea set out their stall early, with an opener in the eighth minute. Ramires stole the ball in the Wolves midfield, and went on a dancing run that ended in a shot: pushed just wide by keeper Wayne Hennessey.
The resulting corner from Juan Mata found an ascendant John Terry in the box, and he nodded home a trademark goal.
The game was largely sluggish, with Wolves' apparent game plan of coming to 'win' 0-0 rumbled early.
But on the half hour Chelsea doubled their lead when a short, but perfectly-angled cross from Mata on the left found Daniel Sturridge who wellied in from six yards.
Having supplid two, Mata made the score-sheet himself for the third. A pulsating advance from Drogba resulted in a deflected ball heading Ashley Cole's way. He chipped it up into the box, for the Spanish winger to side-foot home. Great team goal.
Chelsea emerged from the break unchanged and, despite their opponents looking well beaten, they struggled to make further inroads.
A satisfied if fitful crowd began calling the name of their record signing, and Fernando Torres was duly brought on for Drogba with 13 minutes to play.
And, on a day in which the Stamford Bridge crowd made a point of getting behind their team, Torres' every touch was welcomed – though he seldom looked like scoring.
With the game coasting towards the end, Terry found himself taking a rare throw-in – wasting time, and picking up a fifth yellow card of the season in the process. So he will miss Tuesday's Carling Cup game against Liverpool: and very few people will have been surprised about that development.
Back to winning ways though for Chelsea - and Andre Villas-Boas will be thankful for that.