Chelsea put their struggles against Everton at Stamford Bridge behind them on Saturday as the Blues came away with a convincing 3-1 victory.

Forward Daniel Sturridge got Chelsea on the scoreboard first with a header in the 31st minute. Playmaker Juan Mata made an excellent pass to defender Ashley Cole, who layed off a ball to Sturridge near the goal line, and the young stirker headed the ball past a helpless Tim Howard.

Just before the half time whistle, veteran defender John Terry followed up Sturridge's header with a header of his own off a Frank Lampard free kick. Howard attempted to punch the ball away, but was blocked by a few players, and Terry was able to head it in.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires added a third Chelsea goal off another Mata's cross in the 61st minute.

Everton substitute Apostolos Vellios scored a consolation goal in the 81st minute -- moments after coming on for French forward Louis Saha.

Chelsea controlled the ball for 69 percent of the match and were cleary the better squad, but Everton had their share of chances. In fact, the Toffees took nine shots, with two on goal, compared to Chelsea's seven shots with five on goal.

In recent years, Everton has given Chelsea trouble at Stamford Bridge, as David Moyes's side has come away with a point in the club's previous five visits.

Chelsea face Genk on Wednesday in Champions League action, and then face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road next week, while Everton travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham.

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