Chelsea FC this afternoon defeated Crystal Palace by 3 goals to nothing at a rainy Selhurst Park. The win represents the first away win for the Blues since August 2014 and the first win for new interim manager Gus Hiddink. The game in which Chelsea had over 60% possession and 10 attempts at goal shows a subtle return to form following their dismal performances in the first half of the season.
Oscar opened scoring in the 29th minute with an intelligent curve back from Diego Costa. This was followed by a superb strike from the inform William. Diego Costa sealed the day with a tap-in from Williams’s cross which Palace failed to clear. The match also saw Eden Hazard who just recovered from injury being substituted in the 15th minute by Pedro following Hazard’s inability to continue with the game after showing some discomfort. Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi gave a good account of himself and perhaps justified the starting position given him the Hiddink.
The win sees Chelsea at 14th place on the log and 12points away from Champion League spot. The game is their 4th in a roll without defeat, their longest of the season so far and perhaps an indication that they are at a turning point. Chelsea’s next game is on the 13th of January 2015 (at Stamford Bridge) against Tony Pulis’s West Brom while Crystal Palace faces relegation threatened Aston Villa on the 12th of January 2015.