Chelsea cruise to win at Huddersfield

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Dec 2017 10:38:36



THIRD-PLACED Chelsea put in a determined performance as they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
Goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro put Chelsea 3-0 ahead after 50 minutes before Huddersfield got a late consolation through substitute Laurent Depoitre.
The win put Chelsea level on 35 points with second-placed Manchester United and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, with both Manchester clubs playing on Wednesday.

After losing to West Ham United on Saturday, Chelsea needed to quickly get back on track and David Wagner’s promoted Huddersfield side provided little resistance.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte left regular skipper Gary Cahill on the bench and in the absence of the injured Alvaro Morata played with Eden Hazard as the central striker with Willian and Pedro providing the attacking width. Huddersfield had beaten Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium but Wagner’s gameplan, from the outset, was for his team to defend deep and try to frustrate the champions.

That gave Chelsea space and time on the ball in midfield which they accepted gleefully and took a firm grip on the game.
After an early Pedro effort was rightly ruled out for offside, Chelsea went in front after 23 minutes when a poor clearance from Huddersfield keeper Jonas Lossl put the home defence under pressure. Hazard flicked the ball to Willian who found Bakayoko who fired home confidently.

Chelsea doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Marcos Alonso’s fine cross from the left was met by Willian at the back post, the Brazilian powering his header past Lossl.

Palace beat Watford


CRYSTAL Palace scored two late goals to earn a precious 2-1 win over Watford that moved Roy Hodgson’s side out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Palace’s five-match unbeaten run seemed set to end and leave them bottom when Bakary Sako and James McArthur scored in quick succession after Watford’s Tom Cleverley was sent off.

Having lost their opening seven league games without scoringan English top-flight recordPalace have been rejuvenated since Hodgson, 70, took charge and are now in 17th place on 14 points and out of the bottom three for the first time.
We’ve got an awful long way to go but we are making a fist of it, former England manager Hodgson, who replaced the sacked Frank de Boer in September, said.

“I am really pleased with how hard the players are trying even when things aren’t going our way.
“When you win a game in the last minute it says a lot for the players’ character and it’s great for the fans. They go home as happy as we are.”

It was actually one of the worst Palace displays under Hodgson and Watford will be kicking themselves for not wrapping up the points before half-time.

The visitors went ahead after three minutes when Daryl Janmaat was given far too much space to head in Richarlison’s chipped cross at the back post. Brazilian Richarlison was a menace throughout the first half and set up Troy Deeney with a gilt-edged chance before half-time but the striker somehow failed to make it 2-0. Palace were better after the break but still not really threatening until Cleverley was sent off for a foul on Jeff Schlupp and the Selhurst Park faithful began to roar.

Speroni all smiles after win in 400th Palace game CRYSTAL Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s 400th appearance for the south London club started with him picking the ball out of the net in the third minute of their Premier league match against Watford at Selhurst Park.

The Argentine veteran looked set for a forgettable milestone, only for Palace to end the night equalising in the 89th minute and scoring a stoppage-time winner in a dramatic late turnaround that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
“We suffered a lot after the goal they scored so early in the match,” the 38-year-old told Reuters.