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Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea: Initial reaction and community ratings form

Paul Gilham

A decidedly more low-key second half than the first, as Chelsea basically* put the game to bed five minutes after the restart.  A truly stunning passing move was finished off by Cesc Fabregas for his Premier League goal in Chelsea colors.  It was a markedly improved performance from the ex-Arsenal man after a fairly quiet first half (well, quiet in terms of football; less so in terms of getting involved in a bust-up with Fraizer Campbell, for which both men could've and possibly should've gotten a red).

* Until the last few minutes because of Campbell's goal.  Still, it finished fairly comfortably.

A few other initial thoughts:

  • Cesar Azpilicueta is most likely to be suspended for 3 matches, which means that he will be back for our trip to Anfield.  Fantastic opportunity for Filipe Luis to get a run and see a youngster give Ivanovic a rest in the League Cup game against Shrewsbury.
  • Wonder of either Fabregas of Campbell will face any post-match discipline from the FA for their bust-up?
  • Unlucky for Willian to have to make way because of Azpilicueta's red card.  Alongside Hazard and Oscar, the attacking band was having a very good go of it.
  • Loïc Rémy did fine deputising for Costa.  A different type of player, obviously, but had several good hold-up plays and has got some sweet moves and turns to go along with a burst of pace.  Useful.
  • Gary Cahill had a terrible game, but he did flash the one undeniable talent he does have: spectacular last ditch tackles.
  • Dominic Solan.... awww.  Nope.  Because we conceded in the 90th, Didier Drogba was brought on to help see out the final few minutes.  Safety first, I suppose.
  • Not too concerned about the last-minute consolation goal for Palace; more concerned about how we seemed to lose our heads towards the end of the first half.  That could've gotten ugly (err... uglier).
  • Manchester City spanked Spurs in the early game, but Chelsea maintain the five-point gap with the win.  Chelsea also have as many points (22) as Arsenal & Spurs (11 each) combined.  Top of the table and having a laugh!

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