Fernando who? With Torres out of the starting lineup in Sunday's match, it was Daniel Sturridge's time to shine. The striker scored a pair of goals against his old club in Chelsea's 5-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, the first coming two minutes into the match on a header.
But the day belonged to Frank Lampard. The 33-year-old midfielder, subjected to criticism from fans and facing speculation that his role in Andre Villas-Boas's side is diminishing (which culminated in allegations that he "stormed off" after not coming off the bench against Swansea, which Lampard vehemently denies), proved he still has a role to play at Chelsea. Lampard responded to the haters and declared his relevance with a resonant hat trick.
Dedryck Boyata netted the only goal for Bolton in the 46th minute, giving Bolton an optimistic start to the second half, but by that point the damage had been done. Keeper Adam Bogdan, who had a rough afternoon standing in for the injured Jussi Jääskeläinen, experienced his low point when Sturridge scored an effortless knock into the goal.
Then, barely two minutes later, David Luiz stretched past defenders to fire right at the goal, but Bogdan's deflection went straight to Lampard, who followed Sturridge's goal up with one of his own. Despite a persistent performance from David N'Gog and an 11th-hour attempt from substitute Chris Eagles, Bolton could not recover from their deficit.
Watch the highlights, including Lampard's hat trick, in the video that accompanies this post.