Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace: Late Noni Madueke penalty helps Blues win at Stamford Bridge

27 December 2023 0 By Total Football News

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Noni Madueke scored an 89th-minute winner from the penalty spot to help Chelsea overcome Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

The hosts deservedly went in front in the 13th minute after good work from Malo Gusto ended with the full-back squaring the ball to Mykhailo Mudryk to net from close range.

But Palace levelled on the stroke of half-time when Michael Olise brought down Jordan Ayew’s cross and smashed an effort into the bottom corner.

Chelsea created numerous chances throughout, and it looked as if Mauricio Pochettino’s side would pay for their wasteful finishing for a second consecutive match.

Nicolas Jackson thought he had scored in the 77th minute when he poked in Thiago Silva’s deep cross but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled the forward was just offside.

But Chelsea got the break they needed in a tense finale when the VAR spotted Eberechi Eze had fouled substitute Madueke just inside the area and the England Under-21 forward expertly sent Palace keeper Dean Henderson the wrong way from the spot.

Chelsea wasteful, but enjoy home comfort

Chelsea were certainly good value for their win, even if it appeared wasteful finishing would be the theme for the Blues as it has been so often this season.

“We created many chances,” manager Pochettino told BBC Match of the Day. “I am really pleased with the performance.”

His side could have taken the lead minutes before their early opener when Ian Maatsen went through on goal and his effort deflected off Henderson and was cleared off the line by Tyrick Mitchell.

The hosts continued to provide the greater threat after Mudryk’s strike, with the Ukrainian forward forcing Henderson into a diving save, Christopher Nkunku heading over from close range and Jackson dragging another effort wide.

They even had an early penalty shout when Nkunku went down in the box under pressure from Chris Richards, but the VAR upheld referee Michael Salisbury’s call to dismiss Chelsea’s appeals.

Henderson also did well to palm away Nkunku’s cross in the second half, with Jackson lurking behind him, and substitute Armando Broja struck the side-netting.

And Jackson wasted a glorious chance with 15 minutes left when he burst through on goal, but dinked his finish off target.

This was Chelsea’s third successive home Premier League win, but only their sixth in 2023 as they moved up to 10th in the table.

“The Premier League is really tough and we need to be consistent,” added Pochettino.

“The first half of the season has been really up and down and it’s been tough and difficult. But we’re positive and we need to show that we can compete.”

‘Tough pill to swallow’ as Palace winless in eight

Palace have not won since 4 November and Roy Hodgson’s side are now just three points above third-bottom Luton Town, who have played one game fewer.

They may have been second-best for much of the match, but the Eagles still had several opportunities after the restart and had more shots overall than their hosts.

Eze fired a free-kick just wide and Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta both forced Chelsea keeper Djordje Petrovic into fine stops at his near post.

“I think the team’s performance meant it was a tough pill to swallow,” Hodgson told BBC Match of the Day. “We’re near the bottom of table but the fact is we have had a difficult run of games.”

Since their last success there have been reasons to be cheerful for Palace, including a battling point at Manchester City in December.

But there have also been gut-wrenching, last-gasp defeats against Liverpool and now Chelsea.

Palace need to get back to winning ways and quickly. They are eight league matches without a victory (D3 L5), their longest run without a win under Hodgson since an eight-game streak in June and July, 2020.

“As far as I am concerned there are 38 games in a season and we’ve played half of them,” added the Palace boss.

“Are we good enough? Do we have good enough players? I have every confidence the team will get victories.”

Player of the match

OliseMichael Olise

with an average of 6.92

Chelsea

  1. Squad number10Player nameMudryk

    Average rating

    6.48

  2. Squad number27Player nameGusto

    Average rating

    6.47

  3. Squad number11Player nameMadueke

    Average rating

    6.37

  4. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

    Average rating

    6.33

  5. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

    Average rating

    6.25

  6. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

    Average rating

    6.10

  7. Squad number42Player nameGilchrist

    Average rating

    6.06

  8. Squad number28Player namePetrovic

    Average rating

    5.98

  9. Squad number19Player nameBroja

    Average rating

    5.40

  10. Squad number26Player nameColwill

    Average rating

    5.39

  11. Squad number45Player nameLavia

    Average rating

    5.38

  12. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

    Average rating

    5.30

  13. Squad number2Player nameDisasi

    Average rating

    5.23

  14. Squad number29Player nameMaatsen

    Average rating

    5.16

  15. Squad number5Player nameBadiashile

    Average rating

    5.04

  16. Squad number15Player nameJackson

    Average rating

    4.71

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number7Player nameOlise

    Average rating

    6.92

  2. Squad number10Player nameEze

    Average rating

    6.45

  3. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

    Average rating

    6.21

  4. Squad number30Player nameHenderson

    Average rating

    6.12

  5. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

    Average rating

    5.98

  6. Squad number14Player nameMateta

    Average rating

    5.93

  7. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

    Average rating

    5.89

  8. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

    Average rating

    5.86

  9. Squad number26Player nameRichards

    Average rating

    5.83

  10. Squad number17Player nameClyne

    Average rating

    5.78

  11. Squad number8Player nameLerma

    Average rating

    5.67

  12. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

    Average rating

    5.58

  13. Squad number11Player nameMatheus França

    Average rating

    5.37

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Petrovic
  • 27Gusto
  • 2Disasi
  • 5BadiashileSubstituted forGilchristat 90+2′minutes
  • 26ColwillSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 58′minutes
  • 23GallagherBooked at 90mins
  • 25CaicedoBooked at 52mins
  • 29MaatsenSubstituted forLaviaat 58′minutes
  • 18NkunkuSubstituted forMaduekeat 71′minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 10MudrykSubstituted forBrojaat 71′minutes
  • 15Jackson

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 11Madueke
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 19Broja
  • 42Gilchrist
  • 45Lavia
  • 47Bergström
  • 52Matos
  • 54Castledine

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Henderson
  • 17Clyne
  • 16Andersen
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3MitchellBooked at 80mins
  • 8LermaSubstituted forFrança de Oliveiraat 90′minutes
  • 26RichardsBooked at 73mins
  • 10Eze
  • 7Olise
  • 14Mateta
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forSchluppat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Tomkins
  • 11França de Oliveira
  • 15Schlupp
  • 19Hughes
  • 29Ahamada
  • 31Matthews
  • 44Riedewald
  • 45Adaramola
  • 52Ozoh
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
39,618

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 1.

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 1.