Chelsea 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Chelsea 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Published Nov. 22, 2009 9:06 p.m. ET

Chelsea strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 demolition over a disappointing Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were three goals to the good inside the first 22 minutes through Florent Malouda and a double from Michael Essien.

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Joe Cole's first goal for 13 months completed the rout in the second half as Chelsea set a new club record for home wins and kept Wolves entrenched in the bottom three.

The victory over Wolves was their 12th in a row in all competitions at home - the previous record was 11 between February 25 and September 17, 2006.

The clean sheet also saw them equal their record of 10 consecutive games without conceding at home.

But the Blues could have gone behind in the fourth minute when a fine Wolves move saw Matthew Jarvis break free on the right.

However, his cross just eluded David Edwards as he arrived in the six-yard box.

Wolves paid a heavy price for the miss a minute later as Malouda collected a poor Wolves header inside the centre-circle and ran on unchallenged to unleash a 20-yard shot into the roof of the net.

Another sweet Chelsea move in the 11th minute almost brought them a second goal but Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey tipped Salomon Kalou's 20-yard angled drive around the post.