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Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened

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Key events Show 9.25am EST 09:25 FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 9.10am EST 09:10 GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (Pulisic 79) 8.43am EST 08:43 GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (Abraham 52) 8.22am EST 08:22 HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace 6.32am EST 06:32 The teams 8.33pm EST 20:33 Preamble Live feed Show

9.49am EST 09:49

Jacob Steinberg was our man at Stamford Bridge. Here’s his report. Enjoy ... and thanks for reading this MBM.

9.48am EST 09:48

And now a word with Mr Roy. “I can’t really ask more of my players. Unfortunately we met a Chelsea that had their tails up, and who really wanted to win the game. If we kept in the game a little bit longer, we might have done a little bit more. We were growing into the game. I have no qualms about the way the players played, and the work we put in. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get any points. I have no criticisms of anybody, we played one of the country’s top teams.”

9.42am EST 09:42

Frank Lampard talks to BT. “We’re happy with what we’re doing. We respect where Liverpool and Manchester City are. This season is about bridging the gap. At the minute we’re staying close and we’re in good form. I’m proud of the players and I believe in them. It was a really impressive game from Reece James, against Wilfried Zaha, and he’s only going to get better. You never know with young players until you put them in. But they’ve shown they’ve got the mindset and ability and desire to play for Chelsea. I’ll enjoy maybe two bottles of wine tonight!”

9.29am EST 09:29

Tammy Abraham, who today joined Jamie Vardy as the Premier League’s leading scorer, on ten, speaks to BT Sport. “It wasn’t out best game, but the most important thing was we got the three points. Crystal Palace are a good side, and in the first half they frustrated us. We believed, we didn’t change our style of play, we continued our attacking football and scored two goals. I’m so proud to be the number nine.”

9.25am EST 09:25

FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

It’s six wins in a row for Chelsea, and they go second in the Premier League table, for a few hours at least.

Updated at 9.38am EST

9.24am EST 09:24

90 min +4: Willian sends a power-curler towards the top left. Just over the bar.

9.23am EST 09:23

90 min +3: Gilmour flicks the ball over McCarthy’s head, and is kicked for his cheek. A booking for the Palace sub, and it’s a free kick just outside the D. Willian’s eyes light up.

9.21am EST 09:21

90 min +1: Kante finds Batshuayi on the penalty spot, with his back to goal. Batshuayi has Hudson-Odoi to his left, in acres of space, but a striker’s a striker’s a striker, and he opts to shoot on the turn instead. Wrong choice. Hudson-Odoi flings his arms around in frustration.

9.20am EST 09:20

90 min: There will be four added minutes. While we wait for the clock to run down, here’s Mary Waltz, reporting from over the pond: “You have no idea how thrilled our nation’s football fans are to see one of our own show the skill and flair that Pulisic is displaying lately. Our men’s national team is in the doldrums and Pulisic gives us a ray of hope that things might improve. Maybe we can supply the Premier League something other then just goalies.”

9.18am EST 09:18

88 min: Gilmour’s first touch sends Hudson-Odoi racing down the left. The striker cuts in and slaps a shot just wide of the bottom-right corner.

9.17am EST 09:17

87 min: Mount is replaced by Billy Gilmour.

9.16am EST 09:16

86 min: But this is much better. Zaha drives down the left, cuts inside, and pulls back for McCarthy, who slams a shot towards the bottom left from the edge of the box. Kepa is down quickly to smother.

9.15am EST 09:15

85 min: McCarthy rolls a pass wide left for Zaha, who lets the ball run under his foot and out for a throw. Palace’s star man has been poor today. He looks beyond frustrated.

9.13am EST 09:13

84 min: Schlupp clips Willian’s heels, and he’s fortunate not to go into the book.

9.12am EST 09:12

83 min: Schlupp tries to release Ayew through the middle, but his pass is too heavy and Kepa is quickly out to claim.

9.11am EST 09:11

82 min: Palace’s last substitution: McCarthy for Kouyate.

9.10am EST 09:10

80 min: That’s Pulisic’s last contribution. The excellent USA international is replaced by Hudson-Odoi.

9.10am EST 09:10

GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (Pulisic 79)

Chelsea ping the ball around for a while. Then suddenly Kovacic, quarterbacking deep on the right, switches play towards Pulisic out on the left. Pulisic drives towards the box and slips inside for Batshuayi, who swivels and shoots. His shot is blocked, and loops into the air. Pulisic had kept running, and is in situ to guide a header home from six yards.

Updated at 9.15am EST

9.07am EST 09:07

77 min: Willian sends Mount into space down the left. Mount shoots. Tomkins blocks. Chelsea come back at Palace, Emerson bombing down the left and screeching a shot across the face of goal. There must have been a deflection, because it results in a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece. Both teams are doing their damnedest to score the second goal of the afternoon.

9.04am EST 09:04

75 min: Pulisic has the chance to slip Batshuayi free down the middle, but his sliderule pass is intercepted cannily by Tomkins.

9.03am EST 09:03

73 min: Zouma will be good to continue. But it’s the end of the road for the goalscorer Abraham, who is replaced by Batshuayi.

9.02am EST 09:02

72 min: Kelly crosses from the right. Ayew and Zouma clash heads. The ball drops to Zaha, who tries to nudge it back from the left in the hope of shooting towards the top right. But he can’t make room. Then the play’s stopped so Zouma can get treatment for his sore neep.

Updated at 9.06am EST

9.00am EST 09:00

70 min: Milivojevic curls the free kick to the far post. Tomkins is clear, and simply must score, but heads wide left. What a chance that was. Palace are beginning to ask a few questions of the hosts.

8.59am EST 08:59

69 min: Tomori clips Ayew as the Palace striker tears down the right. It’ll be a free kick, and a chance to load the box. But first, on comes Schlupp for McArthur.

8.56am EST 08:56

67 min: Mount slips a pass down the inside left. Pulisic cuts in from the wing and goes for goal. He scores three of your rugby points.

8.55am EST 08:55

65 min: Zaha zips down the left and beats James again. He’s got options in the box, but balloons a cross over everyone in the area and out for a goal kick. But Palace come back at Chelsea in short order, McArthur crossing from a deep position on the right. Zaha, coming in at the far post, can’t get a header on target. Much better from Palace.

8.53am EST 08:53

63 min: Zaha robs James, just inside the Chelsea box on the left. That’s some fine hassling. But the subsequent dribble is down a dead end, and there’s no chance to shoot or set up a team-mate.

8.51am EST 08:51

61 min: But Chelsea really fancy this now, and they’re quickly coming back at Palace. Willian drives into the box from the left, and could go down having been nudged off balance. Instead he stays on his feet and tees up Abraham, who lashes wildly into the stand behind.

8.50am EST 08:50

60 min: The corner’s hit way too long, a waste. But Abraham salvages the situation by winning a throw out on the right. From the throw, Kante finds space to shoot on the edge of the box. But he opts to lay off to Willian, who can’t get a shot away. Palace shut the door, just in time.

8.48am EST 08:48

58 min: Pulisic dances in from the left and pearls a rising shot towards the top left. Guaita sticks out a strong arm to tip it over the bar.

8.45am EST 08:45

56 min: Van Aanholt dribbles with purpose down the middle, and slips a pass to Kouyate, just inside the Chelsea box on the right. Kouyate is in acres of space, but doesn’t seem to realise it. He dithers before shooting, and his effort is blocked. But that’s better from Palace, who have to come out now.

8.44am EST 08:44

54 min: It’s fair to say that Chelsea have rediscovered that early verve, then. Mount has a crack. It’s blocked, and nearly falls to Abraham, but luck’s not on their side and Palace survive.

8.43am EST 08:43

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace (Abraham 52)

So having said that, Chelsea immediately open the scoring. Kovacic bursts in from the left and lays off to Willian, who plays a first-time flick around the corner, sending Abraham free into the box down the inside-left channel. Abraham draws Guaita and slips the ball into the bottom right. What a lovely move!

Updated at 9.01am EST

8.41am EST 08:41

51 min: More midfield noodling by Chelsea, who have lost their early verve. “Thanks for the article on Peter Reid,” writes Mary Waltz. “Leave it to a footballer to describe both of our countries leaders in one simple accurate sentence. Straight, no ice, pure.”

8.39am EST 08:39

49 min: Chelsea are hogging the ball, but Palace continue to hold their shape. A heavy touch by Abraham on the edge of the box generates the first loud groan of the afternoon. A little bit of frustration bubbling to the surface.

Updated at 9.08am EST

8.37am EST 08:37

47 min: James looks to release Willian down the right. His pass is deflected off Mount, which means Willian is offside when the ball reaches him. Willian slams the shot into the side netting anyway.

8.37am EST 08:37

Chelsea get the second half underway. It’s started to pelt down at Stamford Bridge. Stair rods. No half-time changes. Pulisic miscontrols just inside the Palace box. The ball spins up onto Kelly’s hand, but the defender was standing right next to Pulisic, and couldn’t get out of the way, even though he was withdrawing his hand at speed. On the touchline, Frank Lampard makes the claim with passion, but the referee’s not interested.

8.24am EST 08:24

Half-time entertainment. You have got to love Peter Reid.

8.22am EST 08:22

HALF TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea walk off in the exasperated fashion. Palace have refused to buckle.

8.21am EST 08:21

45 min +4: Kepa rolls the ball out to Zouma, putting the defender in trouble, with Zaha in close attendance. Zaha nearly strips Zouma, who stumbles, and is given the benefit of the doubt by the referee. A generous free kick. Chelsea go up the other end and nearly score themselves, James crossing from the right, Willian seeing his close-range shot blocked by former Stamford Bridge hero Cahill. A busy end to the half.

8.17am EST 08:17

45 min +2: Kante crosses from the right. Pulisic rises highest and wins a header, but can only send it harmlessly over the bar.

8.15am EST 08:15

45 min: There will be four added minutes.

8.14am EST 08:14

44 min: Palace can now make their substitution. Ward, who looks to have a groin strain, limps off and is replaced by Martin Kelly.

8.13am EST 08:13

43 min: Pulisic drops a shoulder and nearly skins Townsend. He earns a corner. Before that can be taken, Ward goes down, having hurt himself while challenging Emerson back there. Looks like he’ll be going off soon. But not before this corner. From the set piece, Willian tries to curl one into the top right, but Guaita claims calmly.

Updated at 9.11am EST

8.11am EST 08:11

41 min: Willian is nudged to the ground by McArthur out on the right. A chance to load the Palace box. Willian will deliver. He hoicks long, in the hope of finding Emerson at the far post. Emerson wins a corner off Ward, but the flag goes up for offside. That’s a poor decision, as the Chelsea full-back was clearly on. But that’s the pressure off Palace.

8.09am EST 08:09

39 min: See 37 min. Stamford Bridge has fallen a little quiet as a result.

8.09am EST 08:09

37 min: A bit of possession in the Palace half for Chelsea. They’re held at arm’s length, though. Palace are beginning to look a little bit more comfortable. They’re keeping a good shape. Classic Roy.

8.07am EST 08:07

35 min: James is the recipient of a lecture from Mike Dean, after the young full-back has a full and frank exchange of views with the linesman. An argument about nothing. He’s ordered to pipe down, but there’s no booking.

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