Lampard shoots twice as The Blues meal on Rovers

LONDON - FRANK LAMPARD scored twice for Chelsea who beat Blackburn Rovers 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

An own goal in the 20th minute from French defender Gael Givet, who turned Nicolas Anelka's cross past goalkeeper Paul Robinson under pressure from Didier Drogba, put the Blues ahead.

England midfielder Lampard scored his first Premier League goal since April when he fired home from Drogba's pull back before Michael Essien wrapped up the points in the 52nd minute when he beat Robinson with a curving shot from fully 35 yards out.

Lampard scored his second, and Chelsea's fourth, from the penalty spot after Drogba was brought down seven minutes later by Rovers captain Ryan Nelsen.

The impressive Drogba then added a fifth in the 64th minute as Chelsea made it nine goals in two matches after their midweek 4-0 Champions League defeat of Atletico Madrid.

It was an important result for the Blues after they had lost 2-1 to Aston Villa last time out in the Premier League.

Earlier, Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to Stoke City.

The match was goalless until four minutes from time when Glenn Whelan, played in by Ricardo Fuller, struck against a home team a man down with England winger Aaron Lennon off the field after the north Londoners had used all three substitutes.

Portsmouth were held to a goalless draw by Hull.

Meanwhile Birmingham beat Sunderland side 2-1 and Colombia's Hugo Rodallega scored twice as Wigan came from behind to end Burnley's 100 percent home record this term in a 3-1 win.

Elsewhere, Wolves drew 1-1 with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. - AFP