Conte backs Giroud after 'very important' Chelsea win

Willian celebrating with Eden Hazard after scoring against Crystal

They somehow failed to take the lead in the eighth minute, though, as Olivier Giroud's scuffed effort from close-range went straight to Wayne Hennessey. For a lot of the game, we dominated and created many chances to score.

The Brazil global opened the scoring in the 25th minute, darting in off the left flank and finding the bottom-left corner via a deflection, with a Martin Kelly own-goal coming soon after.

And with 25 minutes played the champions broke through, Willian trying another strike as visiting defenders backed off him and the ball taking a slight deflection off Kelly on its way beyond Hennessey. Tottenham, which plays Bournemouth on Sunday, is two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth place.

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They nearly added a fourth on the stroke of half-time, but Tomkins made a brilliant intervention on the line to deny Giroud at the end of an exceptional move. The Blues had their chances to kill the match but failed to take them, and entering the final 10 minutes, the Eagles still had a chance.

- Chelsea posted 27 shots in this game; their most in a Premier League game this season and since May 21 2017 vs Sunderland (28). It was just their fifth win from 16 games in 2018. - Chelsea have now conceded just five goals in their last 10 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. He was understudy to Hazard in 2015, when they won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho, and against under Conte past year. He's a wonderful footballer who makes us better, but we can't think we'll be fine because he's back, he's one player out of 11.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson made a half-time change as he tried to find a route back into the game, bringing on Wilfried Zaha for Christian Benteke.

The win was Chelsea's third in their last nine league games and comes after back-to-back defeats at Manchester United and Manchester City, which have put their Champions League qualification in doubt.

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