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Chelsea rout Blackburn to top Premier League; Spurs lose to Stoke

Lampard receives the congratulations of England teammate Joe Cole.
Lampard receives the congratulations of England teammate Joe Cole.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Chelsea rout Blackburn 5-0 to go top of the English Premier League
  • Frank Lampard scores two second half goals to seal Chelsea win
  • Tottenham title challenge falters with 1-0 home defeat to Stoke
  • Manchester United can regain lead with win at Liverpool on Sunday

(CNN) -- Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea went back to the top of the English Premier League with a 5-0 thrashing of Blackburn at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's evening kickoff.

Chelsea bounced back in style from their 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa to open up a two-point lead over champions Manchester United who visit fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The Blues dominated from the start against Blackburn and went ahead midway through the opening half as Gael Givet turned the ball into his own net after a Nicolas Anelka cross.

Chelsea should have been further ahead at the interval but four goals in 15 minutes early in the second half settled the one-sided affair.

England midfielder Lampard finished off a fine move to score his first league goal in open play since last April. Michael Essien scored the third with a thumping drive before Ryan Nelsen brought down Didier Drogba to concede a penalty.

Lampard duly converted and Drogba headed the fifth, his eighth of the season in the 63rd minute.

Lampard said that his team were determined to make amends for last week's defeat.

"We wanted to bounce back and we've done it in style today," he told ESPN.

"It was a determined performance and we've shown a little bit of what we're about."

Earlier, Tottenham Hotspur fluffed a chance to move level on points with Manchester United when they were beaten 1-0 at home by determined Stoke.

We wanted to bounce back and we've done it in style today.
--Frank Lampard

Tottenham had a string of chances but were down to 10 men for the last few minutes after Aaron Lennon went off injured with all the substitutes used.

Glen Whelan then scored Stoke's winner four minutes form time with a fine strike.

"We had so many chances, the keeper's made great saves, they've kicked shots off the line and they've only had one shot worth talking about," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told Sky Sports.

Aston Villa also missed the chance to build on their fine win over Chelsea by being held 1-1 by lowly Wolves in a midlands derby.

They took the lead in the 79th through Gabriel Agbonlahor's sixth goal of the season but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equalized four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell.

Sunderland also missed the chance to take closer order as Liam Ridgewell and James McFadden scored in Birmingham's 2-1 home win against their former manager Steve Bruce. Sunderland replied through and an 82nd minute own goal.

Burnley's fine home form came to an abrupt end as Hugo Rodallega scored twice to lead Wigan to a 3-1 win at Turf Moor, while relegation battlers Portsmouth and Hull did themselves few favors in a 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium.