Lampard marked his impressive hat-trick as the Blues underlined their title credentials with a 5-1 victory versus Bolton. Daniel Sturridge, who spent a loan spell at Bolton last season, took 2 goals during a 1st half in which Chelsea raced into a 4-0 lead. Andre Villas-Boas' side are now back in 3rd place, 3 points behind Man. United.
The rout also added to the growing pressure on Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Bolton have lost 11 of their last 12 league match and conceded 21 goals in 7 games, the worst record in the EPL and the primary reason the club sits at the foot of the table.
Bolton's 6th straight English Premier League defeat was effectively wrapped up inside the opening 15 minutes. Only 2 minutes had gone when a flowing move saw Dedryck Boyata concede a corner, heading Jose Bosingwa's right-wing cross behind.