Palace register their first win as Chelsea suffer successive defeats
Wilfried Zaha’s 45th min strike proved to be the telling blow as Roy Hodgson’s men registered their first win of the campaign against a lacklustre Chelsea team who suffered back to back defeats for the first time under Antonio Conte.
Earlier a Cesar Azpilicueta own goal in the 11th min opened the scoring for palace only for Tiémoué Bakayoko to equalise after 7 mins. But Wilfried Zaha restored the lead for palace on the cusp of halftime after Mamadou Sakho capitalised on a mistake from Willian to play in Zaha who made no mistake in slotting it past Courtois.
Chelsea were already without Ngolo Kante and Alvaro Morata through injuries and adding to that list , Victor Mosses had to be subbed off before halftime because of what looked like a hamstring injury.
Chelsea came all guns blazing in the second half as Antonio Conte’s men pushed for an equaliser. Substitute Charly Musonda had the best chance of the second half when CESC Fabregas played a lofted ball over the palace defence only for Musonda to fire it over the crossbar. Marcus Alonso had a header cleared off the line while Eden Hazard also came close to scoring when Mosses’ replacement Davide Zappacosta fired in a low cross across the goal. There were chances at the other end as well as Chelsea pushed men forward in search of an equaliser. But the eagles held on for their first much needed win of the campaign.