Carlo Ancelotti challenged his Chelsea players to prove their worst Barclays Premier League run for almost 15 years was behind them by winning at Bolton next Monday after watching them beat Blackburn.

The champions ended a sequence of one victory in nine with a 2-0 victory to haul themselves back into the top four. But just as after Sunday's FA Cup third-round thrashing of Ipswich, Ancelotti refused to get carried away with the result, insisting his side needed to record an away win to demonstrate their slump was at an end.

"I think a good support for us for these two games was to play at home," he said. "Now we have to check also away in the next game against Bolton."

There performance was still some way below the level Chelsea were showing at the start of the season, when they threatened to sweep all before them, but it was another step in the right direction.

Ancelotti added: "We are not at the same level but we will come back to play at the same level. We don't need to have a lot of time to come back.

"It will be very important the next game against Bolton because we can say definitely that the moment is gone. If the moment is gone, I think that we will be stronger."

Chelsea were let down by their final ball in the first half and both their goals came from corners, with Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka punishing slack defending.

Ancelotti said: "If I have to judge the performance, I can say it was good.

"We could score before the first goal of Ivanovic, we could score in the first half. But our play was good, more intensity, more quality."

He added: "It was important also for us to score on the set pieces. We had a lot of opportunities. Ivanovic is very good with his head, he scored in an important moment."

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