Crystal Palace slip to Chelsea defeat
PUBLISHED: 12:38 16 December 2013 | UPDATED: 12:38 16 December 2013
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Crystal Palace fell to a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea despite a spirited performance at Stamford Bridge.
Marouane Chamakh scored for the third successive game but it was not enough to earn a point for the Eagles.
Fernando Torres gave Chelsea the lead after Willian’s long range strike came back off the post, but Chamakh turned Joel Ward’s cross past Petr Cech.
Ramires put the Blues back in front from distance but Palace had a number of chances to pull level after the break.
Cech made decent saves from Jason Puncheon and Damien Delaney before making a brilliant one-handed stop from Stuart O’Keefe before Branislav Ivanovic scrambled clear.
But Chelsea had chances of their own to clinch the three points through Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba, and they held on for the victory.
Palace stay 18th, a point behind West Ham as they look to escape the relegation zone. Manager Tony Pulis said: “As I’ve said all along, it’ll be our home form that determines our season.
“If we can show the commitment we’ve shown today and take some of our opportunities, then we’ll give it a good crack.”