Tuesday 12 March 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Frank Lampard became the first non-forward to claim four goals in a Barclays Premier League match as Chelsea threw off their FA Cup blues to thrash Derby County on a Wednesday night.
Seventeen players had struck four times in a Barclays Premier League match but all had been forwards until Lampard emulated the feat at Stamford Bridge. It was a tonic for Avram Grant's side, who had been shocked by Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-finals at the weekend.
After an opening period where Chelsea still seemed to be recovering from the defeat at Oakwell, they got on the scoresheet after Lampard was fouled by Dean Leacock and the Chelsea midfielder, whose future at Stamford Bridge was reportedly in doubt over contract negotiations, converted the penalty.
Kalou doubled the lead just before half-time and after the break the floodgates opened. Joe Cole got the third before Lampard struck three times against a Derby team who had claimed just one win and 10 points from their 29 matches and went on to be relegated with a record low of 11 points.
The only solace for their fans at Stamford Bridge was when, a minute after Lampard's fourth, David Jones got Derby's first goal for five hours and 44 minutes as a late consolation.
The win put third-placed Chelsea five points behind Arsenal with a match in hand and they overtook them with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge later in the month. Despite beating Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford Chelsea fell two points short in their chase of Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, who were crowned champions.
Two years later Lampard struck four again for Chelsea, in the 7-1 victory over Aston Villa.