Chelsea FC thumped London rivals Tottenham Hotspur FC 4-0 for the second time in four days on Wednesday as a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hat-trick helped them to a handsome FA Premiership victory at Stamford Bridge.
Taricco sent off
Hasselbaink, who failed to find the target in Sunday's 4-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory, put Chelsea ahead midway through the first half when curled the ball in from 25 metres with his right foot. Spurs were reduced to ten men on the hour when Mauricio Taricco was sent off for a foul on Graeme Le Saux - a reversal of Sunday's incident which saw Le Saux sent off for a similar foul on the Argentinian. Taricco, who has now been sent off twice in his last three games, became the fourth player to be dismissed in the five games between the two teams this season.
Chelsea climb fifth
Nine minutes later Hasselbaink headed home his second and cut in from the right to curl in a spectacular third nine minutes from time. Frank Lampard got the fourth in injury time to make it three 4-0 defeats in a row for Spurs. The win takes Chelsea above Leeds United AFC into fifth place on 50 points, five behind Newcastle United and a UEFA Champions League place.
The night's other match saw Blackburn Rovers FC beat fellow strugglers Ipswich Town FC to climb out of the relegation zone. Blackburn, who started the rot for Tottenham with their League Cup final win last month, made it seven points out of nine with a vital 2-1 win against Ipswich.
Ipswich drop a place
Damien Duff beat three defenders before clipping the ball in to put Blackburn ahead after 20 minutes and good work by David Dunn set up Andy Cole to spin and score the second two minutes before half-time. Marcus Stewart pulled one back on 55 minutes but Blackburn held out for a victory that moves them up three places to 15th on 32 points. Ipswich drop one to 17th on 30 - the Suffolk club have now lost their last four games after a run of seven wins in eight games hauled them off the bottom and out of the relegation zone.
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