Late goals win it for Chelsea
Posted Monday, October 7 2013 at 01:00
London- Late goals from substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian defeated Norwich and gave Chelsea their first Premier League away win of the season.
Oscar put the hosts ahead with a first-time shot from inside the area, but Anthony Pilkington equalised with a header midway through the second half.
Norwich pressed late on but they were punished when Hazard stabbed in after a swift counter attack. Willian curled in a third a minute later to seal victory.
The win was much needed for Jose Mourinho, with his side having struggled away from Stamford Bridge prior to arriving at Carrow Road. The Blues boast a 100% record at home in the league but had drawn two and lost one of their first three away games.
Denied the services of suspended and injured striker Fernando Torres, Mourinho gave Demba Ba only a second start of the season.
The former Newcastle man was evidently determined to prove his worth, making a nuisance of himself from the outset and taking only four minutes to make a telling impact. Frank Lampard lofted a pass towards the Norwich area for Ba, who shook off the attention of a defender to bring the ball under control and then clip a pass for the onrushing Oscar, who finished with the outside of his boot.
It was all so effortless, a word that summed up Chelsea’s play in the early stages of the game as they sprayed passes around with ease.
Only a smart save from John Ruddy prevented the visitors adding a second in the 14th minute as Juan Mata showed great vision to cut open the Norwich defence and put Ba clear on the left, but his low shot was tipped wide by the City goalkeeper.