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Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace, Premier League: Half-time report

Perhaps a little unlucky to be behind, but looking good for the comeback.

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It seemed as if it were a matter of how many times Chelsea would put the ball in the back of the net, as Cesc Fabregas started off and finished a move in only the fifth minute. Fabregas' excellent long ball out wide to Eden Hazard and his finish were sandwiched by some typical Hazard trickery; the Belgian, who has looked our best performer of the game thus far, eased past Joel Ward and squared it to an onrushing Fabregas.

Crystal Palace struct right back, however, with a double whammy of goals in the ninth and eleventh minutes from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, respectively. Zaha beat Courtois with a well-taken finish from just inside the penalty area, although questions could be raised as to why he was allowed to shoot in the first place. Two minutes later, Benteke found himself in a prime position to score after David Luiz's tackle on the striker took an unlucky few deflections, and made no mistake. Since then, it's been pretty much all Chelsea; the final ball has been missing on a few occasions and there's also the matter of a blatant Andros Townsend hand-ball in the penalty area, which could've easily been a sending off as well, on another day.

Chelsea ended the half with 8 shots on target (from 11), to Palace's 2 (from 5). Diego Costa was denied excellently by Wayne Hennessey on one occasion, with Pedro and Nemanja Matic coming close as well.

We look well capable of a comeback, and more of the same in the second half will hopefully bear some fruit!

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