Walters gifts put Chelsea third after Spurs falter
Published on Jan 13, 2013 6:11 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Jon Walters scored an unfortunate brace of headed own goals and missed a late penalty as Chelsea won 4-0 at Stoke City to reclaim third place in the Premier League on Saturday.
Frank Lampard also got on the score-sheet to become Chelsea's second-highest all-time goal-scorer, as Rafael Benitez's side bounced back from their 2-0 loss to Swansea City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.
Chelsea made the breakthrough in first-half injury time at the Britannia Stadium when Walters inadvertently put Cesar Azpilicueta's cross past his own goalkeeper with a bullet header.
Improbably, Walters then diverted a Juan Mata corner into his own goal to make it 2-0 in the 62nd minute and three minutes later Lampard blasted home his 194th Chelsea goal from the penalty spot after Mata went down in the Stoke box.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here