Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur  (Sky Sports)

Spurs Vanish Under Hasselbaink Magic

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Hasselbaink: On song for Chelsea


Chelsea  4-0 Tottenham 
Hasselbaink 23, 69, 81
Lampard 89
FA Barclaycard Premiership
Julian Crabtree reports

In a repeat of Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup quarter-final thrashing, Spurs were once again at the end of a Chelsea goal-fest, compliments of a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hat-trick.

Hasselbaink was the star of the show with two  25-yarders and a powerful header that had Spurs turning on each other in frustration.

Frank Lampard played a strong supporting role with a late fourth, but by then the Hasselbaink triple whammy had knocked the fight right out of their North London rivals.

Four days after watching Chelsea end their FA Cup dreams, Spurs fans were once again victims of a torrid night watching their hopes of claiming the last UEFA Cup spot drift further away.

But the match started positively for Spurs who seemed to have the upper hand as the action swept from goalmouth-to-goalmouth.

Teddy Sheringham was unlucky not to get onto the end of a Les Ferdinand cross, while seconds later the action switched to the other end when Hasselbaink received a lovely ball from Eidur Gudjohnsen and swept passed Ledley King and Ben Thatcher before firing wide.

Minutes later Gudjohnsen  decided to back himself but sliced wide of Sullivans goal after shrugging off Thatcher.

Hasselbaink's goal went against the run of play, after Graham Le Saux set the Dutchman free from 40 yards out. With the defence back peddling, Sullivan came off his line and Hasselbaink sent a 22 yard curler screaming off his right foot that had Sullivan clutching nothing but air.

The pressure began to tell on Spurs as team-mates Tim Sherwood and Dean Richards went head-to head, after Hasselbaink found room for another curling attempt, that just missed it's mark.

In the second half, Spurs problems increased when they went down to 10 men after Mauricio Taricco was sent off. Taricco became the 4th player to be dismissed in 5 meetings between these two clubs after a high tackle on Graham Le Saux.

Taricco caught Le Saux with a late tackle, that ignited a  pushing and shoving match between Poyet, Gronkjaer and Desailly.

Hasselbaink's second came in the 69th minute when he headed in a stunning cross from Danish international Jesper Gronkjaer to make it 2-0.

Eleven minutes later, he celebrated his hat-trick with the best goal of the night with a left strike that had the measure of Sullivan.

Coming in from the right flank, Hasselbaink lined up the perfect angle before unleashing a curling left footer from 20 yards out.

Lampard completed another night of misery for Spurs as he took control of a loose ball for close range blast  to make it 4-0.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Desailly, Babayaro, Gronkjaer, Petit, Lampard, Le Saux, Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen.
Subs: de Goey, Stanic, Dalla Bona, Zola, Forssell.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Taricco, Thatcher, King, Richards, Ziege, Davies, Poyet, Sherwood, Sheringham, Ferdinand.
Subs: Keller, Perry, Rebrov, Etherington, Gardner.

Att: 39,652

Referee: A Wiley (Burntwood)

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