CRYSTAL PALACE 1-3 CHELSEA – LATE CONOR GALLAGHER AND ENZO FERNANDEZ GOALS EASE PRESSURE ON MAURICIO POCHETTINO

Late goals from Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez gave Chelsea a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park on Monday evening. Chelsea trailed to a goal from Jefferson Lerma but Gallagher scored twice, once at the start of the second-half and once at the end, to give the team a huge win and ease some of the mounting pressure on Blues’ boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Connor Gallagher spearheaded a late comeback as Chelsea ended Crystal Palace’s brave resistance with two late goals to wrap up a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park.

A subdued Chelsea had struggled to break down a well-organised Palace side in the first half, with Roy Hodgson’s team playing predominately on the counter-attack and causing plenty of problems in doing so.

Jefferson Lerma’s beautiful long-range strike meant Palace led at the break, but – following a half-time delay while referee Michael Oliver’s technical equipment was fixed – Chelsea equalised moments after the restart, as an unmarked Gallagher finished well in the box.

And the much-improved visitors grabbed the win at the death when a rare opportunity to catch Palace overstretched saw Cole Palmer find Gallagher on the edge of the box to drill home his second.

There was still time for Chelsea to rub salt into the wounds as the Palace fans streamed for the exit, with Enzo Fernandez coolly converting at the end of another late counter.

The win sends Chelsea into the top half of the Premier League, while Palace remain in 15th, five points clear of the drop zone.

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