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Norwich 0 Chelsea 1

Norwich 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea eased to a narrow win at Carrow Road this afternoon courtesy of a strike from Juan Mata.

Team News - After the 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa, Rafa Benitez made a couple of changes to his starting eleven for this fixture with Mikel, having served his three match suspension, coming in for Lampard and Oscar coming in for Hazard. Both of those omitted were on the bench.

First Half - It`s fair to say that it took a while for this game to really get started. Early on Chelsea were happy to keep possession but without creating any decent chances. Norwich, in the middle of the par, were a little physical and Snodgrass was lucky not to receive a yellow card for one poor tackle on Oscar.

As the game settled, Norwich started to have a greater share of the game but a shot from Tettey was unfortunate enough to slip off his boot and go for a corner. The first real chance likely to break the deadlock came when Luiz found Mata with a pass but his shot skipped the wrong side of the post.

Luiz was looking the most likely to assist in breaking the deadlock but nothing was to come of a couple of long range shots. Mikel, still searching for that elusive first Premier League goal, fired over the bar, before, with 38 minutes gone Chelsea went ahead.

Some good work from Oscar saw the ball fall to Mata and despite the attention of several yellow shirted player`s, Mata unleashed a low shot that went in adjacent to the post, his shot past Bunn in the Norwich goal.

Second Half - Looking to double the lead, Chelsea could have done so early in the half but Norwich managed to scramble away a corner, from Mata that had been flicked on at the near post.

Norwich trying to get back on level terms engineered a half chance when Holt and Hoolahan combined but the final ball was delayed too long and when Holt drilled his shot wide the offside flag was up.

Luiz, trying to replicate the marvellous free kick against Aston Villa, failed to do so from thirty yards and when Snodgrass reverted to a theatrical tumble, in the area, you began to believe that Norwich wouldn`t get back on level terms.

Although Norwich were pushing forward, Chelsea were looking to strike on the break and one surge forward saw Azpilicueta deliver a great ball that saw Moses hit a shot wide.

Benitez introduced Lampard and Hazard for Moses and Mikel, to add some stability with the latter almost doubling the lead after exchanging passes with Torres but being thwarted by Bunn, in the Norwich goal.

With time running out Norwich saw one last half chance come their way but Bassong, heading the ball downwards, saw it fly back up and over the br.

Three points in the bag but not quite as entertaining as last Sunday, but three points nevertheless.

Chelsea - Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole, Mikel (Lampard-73), Luiz, Mata (Ake-90), Oscar, Moses (Hazard-78) Torres

Unused Subs - Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Hazard,

Chelsea Scorers - Mata (38)

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Hazard

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

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Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 5:02PM

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I Effing hate this manu. Will they ever stop winning in the 80+ minutes? Grrr. Congrats Chelsea. Comfortable victory in the end.
26/12/2012 17:09:00
forced to watch the united game as no chelsea live today. wasted 94 minutes of my life. this keeps happening. injury time winners. but at least we snagged 3 pts and citeh dropped all 3.
johnny come lately
26/12/2012 17:15:00
if chelsea has play attacking football then keep mikel.out of the line up....he is damm to slow.for attacking play....we need moutinho or busquet type player who can pass the ball better..
26/12/2012 17:16:00
Glad for the win we must continue on this run to have any chance of catching United. I caught the latter stages of the Newcastle v United game....been saying it for yrs...those guys are so lucky its painful. Three points they should not have gotten. Had Ameobi's shot gone it they would prob have been flattened..very unlucky becuz the goalie was beaten. I'm convinced that we along with City are the only teams who can stop them with lots of help from the other clubs who need to do at least the basics to make life challenging for them...any club but United.
26/12/2012 17:17:00
Having taken 8 bottles at villa, this one bottle at carrow road s enough for the road.
26/12/2012 17:19:00
if squad rotataion is going on then why not play marin...i think whatever little bit play i have seen i think he is a far far better player but not giving him chance to show his worth then how wil you know that how good is he...
26/12/2012 17:20:00
not the best of displays but 'll take 3 point away at Norwich any i pray we win at everton...we must not draw.. we really need to win it...
26/12/2012 17:22:00
great win, norwich are in fine form, considering away games and boxing day tiring player, will take 1-0 any day, next Everton, hard game, but we need to win that one
26/12/2012 17:24:00
and Norwich are defending 10 players behind the ball, which makes our front 4 much much harder
26/12/2012 17:26:00
I hate man u with passion, always riding on dyying minutes goal. If we can purchase a clinical striker at least in january, we might challenge them for the run. As we can see, if chelsea is not playing, then no LADY TORRES, not slating him this time around, but a player striking for chelsea must be able to create something out of nothing.
26/12/2012 17:27:00
A narrow win but we deserved it 2nd place is within our reach we need results like this if we are going to remain challengers for the PL title pleased with the performance.
26/12/2012 17:27:00
About marin, with the way things are going, I don't think he have a future at chelsea. Feel sorry for the lad
26/12/2012 17:28:00
This was the sort of game we used to draw or end up losing..i am glad we are now capable of winning ugly on the road. Our defense looked quite good. Torres i must say had a really poor game but the whole front line wasnt that much better other than Moses who showed some life. Good win but now comes Everton and that will be a major test of the mettle of our side.
26/12/2012 17:33:00
Nt an interestin game like 8pt agenda on sunday. We must keep winin to challenge manchester in d epl race. Great goal 4rm mata.
26/12/2012 17:41:00
Good game. It shows we can also win ugly. Another 3 points from Everton game would be a perfect way to end the year.
jollyheart Torres
26/12/2012 17:43:00
i think torres need a squad rotation and that on the bench not on the field....he should be sitting on bench not player like marin piazon danny.....waiting for the day when torres will leave chelsea....then the good days will come again... what a bad day was when we signed him...should celebrate that day as black day...
26/12/2012 17:44:00
as i said in another least we closed in on 1 of the manc clubs.
26/12/2012 17:58:00
Personally, I am happy with the result even if its just 1-0. This is a confident Norwich side who have lost once in 11 games. Even Manure & Arsenal lost on that ground!
26/12/2012 17:58:00
Thank God we had the three points....Man Utd weren't lucky....They played well and took their chances,Their game was the best game today....A point would have been fair for both teams but credit to united still
26/12/2012 17:59:00
calm down shlok, we win, stop complaining, why do people have something to complain when we win considering what happen to us this season ( change of manager, out of UCL) is amusing, we're 3rd with one game in hand, and Torres scores under Rafa which still suggest we need new striker in January
26/12/2012 17:59:00
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