BOLTON, England (AP) – Frank Lampard defied his critics with a hat trick as Chelsea routed Bolton 5-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 33-year-old England midfielder was dismissed as being past his prime last month after being dropped to the bench by both club and country.
But at the Reebook Stadium he took his tally to four goals in two games for Chelsea, while Daniel Sturridge scored the other two for the visitors.
Dedryck Boyata had given bottom-place Bolton a faint hope of a comeback from 4-0 down with a 46th-minute header before Lampard's third.
Chelsea is third in the standings, three points behind Manchester rivals United and City.