Andre Villas-Boas endured an frustrating start to English football management on Sunday as Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke in their Premier League opener.

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic tipped over a dipping volley from John Obi Mikel and a curling shot from Nicolas Anelka in the second half.

Chelsea had several penalty appeals turned down, including when Frank Lampard went down under a challenge from Marc Wilson.

Villas-Boas was hired to replace Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian's second season in charge ended without a trophy.