Full-time: Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea

  • Chelsea secure only their second away win of the season and first overall since Guus Hiddink succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager
  • Oscar gave the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead before Willian and Diego Costa notched after the break
  • Eden Hazard limped off after just 16 minutes through injury
  • Crystal Palace's run of seven games unbeaten comes to an end and they have now failed to score in their last three outings
  • Chelsea rise to 14th and six points clear of the bottom three, while Palace remain seventh
Goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa secured only Chelsea\'s second away win of the season AFP

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Only Chelsea's second away win of the season and their first three points since the return of Hiddink is secured in confident fashion. The likes of Costa and Fabregas were much improved and last season's champions are now up to 14th, six points clear of the relegation zone. An excellent start to 2016 that could finally signal their move up the Premier League table.

As for Palace, their seven-match unbeaten run is now at an end and Pardew's side have now gone three consecutive games without a single goal. A win today would have seen them overtake Manchester United in fifth, but for now they remain behind West Ham in seventh and travel to Southampton in the FA Cup next weekend.



Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea


Palace's miserable afternoon is summed up at the death as the lively Zaha releases Chamakh but his cross towards Souare is overhit and the final whistle sounds.


Three minutes of added time to be played. Zaha produces an impressive run that ends with Courtois easily claiming Puncheon's weak shot.


A second change from Hiddink and the first of this second half sees Matic, still donning that black face mask, on in place of Oscar.


No let up for Palace as Chelsea win a corner before Oscar picks out Willian with a nice through ball down the right. With no teammates in the six-yard-box, he instead elects to chip the ball towards the back post where Costa tries an ambitious left-foot volley that goes well wide.


Tricky stuff from Oscar to work his way into the area but his low shot is well blocked by Delaney.


Chelsea are not finished just yet and only a risky but well-executed sliding tackle from Delaney denies Costa a second as he bears down on goal.


Pardew makes one final substitution as Jonny Williams, who recently returned early from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, comes on for Lee. The Welsh midfielder is greeted warmly by home fans.


Cries of handball from the stands as Zaha gets behind Azpilicueta to the byline and fires a cross into the midriff of Terry. No penalty given.

Dann has entered the referee's notebook for a cynical late foul on Costa.


Costa's effort appears to have sucked all the enthusiasm and energy from Selhurst Park. Palace's players just going through the motions now with 15 minutes plus stoppage time still to play.


Pardew made two changes in the aftermath of that third goal, with Joe Ledley and Chamakh replacing Jedinak and Campbell.


This has been a very professional performance from Chelsea, almost unrecognisable from some of the displays witnessed under Mourinho earlier this term. The away supporters are sure to be wondering why it has taken so long for this to happen.


Minutes after Zaha is frustrated by solid defending from Ivanovic at the other end, Chelsea seal all three points with a third goal.

Willian is again heavily involved as he sprints down the right flank, beating McArthur for pace before drilling in a low effort that is pushed out by Hennessey straight into the path of Costa, who slots home the rebound via a huge deflection off Ward.


Goal: Crystal Palace 0-3 Chelsea (Diego Costa)


Palace have a mountain to climb now as a confident Chelsea increase their lead. The impressive Fabregas plays a clever pass to Oscar and Dann makes a tackle before Willian lashes home the loose ball with a right-footed drive from all of 20 yards.

What a strike.


Goal: Crystal Palace 0-2 Chelsea (Willian)


As the hour mark approaches, Zaha spurns one of Palace's best chances as he is teed up by Campbell. The tricky winger neglects to hit it first time, however, and his eventual shot is saved by Courtois. Pardew will be frustrated with that.


Confident goalkeeping from Hennessey to claim an awkward cross and launch a counter attack as Zouma is forced to put the ball out of play under pressure from Zaha.

The moves break down, however, and Jedinak is then booked for bringing down Oscar. The referee appears to be indicating that it's for persistent fouling.


A real opportunity for Chelsea to double their advantage is wasted as Willian is fouled by Jedinak and the Brazilian stands up a good delivery to the back post.

Zouma gets above Jedinak to win the header, but the ball is travelling a touch too fast and flies wide of Hennessey's right-hand post.


Willian beats Delaney with a couple of quick stepovers but McArthur is alert at the front post to divert his cross wide. Two corners come to nothing from Chelsea and Mikel makes an excellent challenge to stop Campbell coming forward on the break.


Pape Souare is released down the left-hand side and has time to pick out a decent cross. Unfortunately for Palace, he makes a complete hash of it and the ball goes well over the top.


A lot of possession for Chelsea to start this second half. Palace look content to bide their time and wait for a chance to intercept rather than press high up the field and leave themselves vulnerable.