Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea comes back from 2-0 deficit to beat Southampton

Chelsea comes back from 2-0 deficit to beat Southampton

The relegation-threatened Saints would then seemingly ensure an invaluable three points for themselves when Jan Bednarek, on his first-ever Premier League start, arrived at the far-post to convert James Ward Prowse's free-kick on the hour-mark.

CHELSEA MANAGER ANTONIO Conte has refused to comment on Marcos Alonso's controversial tackle during the 3-2 victory away to Southampton.

Antonio Conte's men appeared at best unfazed by Saints taking the lead, but try as they might the Blues failed to kick into gear on the front foot.

Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has said the club is not relenting in the chase for a top four and qualify for next season's Champions League after scoring his first brace for the club on Saturday.

Of course we want to at least finish ahead of Arsenic in the English charts, but why endanger our FA Cup hopes with overuse of the same players this Thursday and Sunday? I'm pleased for me and the team.

On that occasion goals from Paul Konchesky - who was also sent off - and Richard Rufus put Charlton Athletic in charge, but Gianfranco Zola got Chelsea back in the contest.

Less than 10 minutes later, Conte's men were in the lead through a strike from Hazard and another from Giroud, earning a much-needed three points.

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City could yet finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign. Guardiola was phlegmatic in defeat: all City had to do, he said , was win two of its remaining six games.

"In football, you always have a chance to step up, to bounce back, so we showed great character and team spirit", Giroud told Sky Sports.

Wilfried Zaha inspired Palace to a 3-2 victory over derby rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park, the Ivory Coast winger netting twice in an entertaining first half which saw all five goals scored.

Southampton went agonisingly close to a second just after the restart - Long catching Chelsea on the break and seeing his effort tipped over by a desperate Courtois. They must have great respect for this badge, they don't have to play for the coach.

He has managed to only score one goal, which came against Hull City during an FA Cup clash, and he has mainly been used as a backup option to Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.

"As has been the case all year, apparently we've got a soft underbelly", he said.

"We know we are playing for Chelsea, when you are playing for Chelsea, you need to give everything to the end of the season, that's it".

"I thought they did that today, and against Arsenal".

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