Chelsea bounce back to beat Wolves 2-1

Lampard hails Blues' character after scoring late winner against Wolves

Chelsea bounced back from their home defeat against Aston Villa with a battling 2-1 win at Wolves yesterday to relieve the pressure on under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Saviour: Frank Lampard (left) celebrates with teammates. Pic/AFP

A last-gasp strike from Frank Lampard secured a vital three points for the Londoners, the veteran Chelsea midfielder pouncing in the 89th minute just moments after Stephen Ward had equalised for Wolves.

The Blues -- who were jeered off the pitch after Saturday's 3-1 reverse to Villa -- climbed into fourth spot following the victory although Arsenal can overtake them if they defeat Fulham in yesterday's late game.

A fiery encounter saw Chelsea take the lead through Ramires on 54 minutes, and Chelsea's players celebrated by racing over to embrace Villas-Boas in a show of support for the Portuguese manager.

However Wolves looked to have grabbed a share of the points when Ward struck six minutes from time only for Lampard to rescue Chelsea at the death.

"It's a massive win. Everyone knows we are having a tough time but the determination shone through and I think we deserved it," Lampard told the BBC. "The character showed as we battled through to the end and that is what the players are all about."

Other results
Aston Villa 0-2 Swansea
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