Chelsea 4 – 0 Wycombe (Agg: 5-1)

Andriy Shevchenko shone tonight in a powerful performance against brave Wycombe who had no answer.

In an apparent attempt to silence the recent barrage of criticism leveled at Jose Mourinho’s squad, the speed of the game from start to finish was far faster than recent games in which the opposition, smelling chances, have taken points off the Champions. Passing was also much sharper, crisper, although still not quite level with their performances of last season.

Shevchenko scored twice for the first time in a Chelsea shirt, both in the first half. I strongly suspect there’s more to come as the confidence begins to return with his form and – importantly – the team working better together. More fluid than ever before, but with a gear or two left in reserve that the manager will be keen to expose in this second half of the season.

Frank Lampard also appeared to have been stung by recent criticism – his performance was much brighter too, with two goals of his own in the second half which did nothing to dampen the enthusiam of the League Two side who refused to back themselves in front of their own goal. Indeed it was a welcome return for Ricardo Carvalho who showed that it isn’t just John Terry Chelsea rely so heavily on.

It was a must-win game for the Blues having been crushed away to Liverpool recently. This weekend’s fixture with Nottingham Forest will prove whether this was a one-off return to the form that has won Chelsea two consequtive Premiership trophies.

Forest may just be feeling a little bit of an earthquake based on tonight’s performance.