Gallagher goal gives Chelsea boss Potter first win
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Gallagher goal gives Chelsea boss Potter first win


Palace felt Thiago Silva should have been sent off for a deliberate handball five minutes before the Brazilian set up Chelsea’s equaliser

Conor Gallagher returned to Selhurst Park to haunt Crystal Palace with a stunning late winner to give Graham Potter a controversial first win as Chelsea boss.

Substitute Gallagher, who impressed on loan at Palace last season, curled home a superb right-footed effort to snatch victory for Chelsea with his first goal for the club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also scored his first Chelsea goal on his Premier League return after Odsonne Edouard had poked Palace into an early lead.

However, there was controversy surrounding Aubameyang’s goal as it was set up by Thiago Silva, who Palace felt should have been sent off for a deliberate handball which denied Jordan Ayew a possible goalscoring opportunity.

Palace furious over Silva handball

Gallagher, whose impressive form for Palace last season earned him his England debut, was introduced by Potter in the 76th minute for Kai Havertz.

And with the game seemingly petering out for a draw, the 22-year-old midfielder nutmegged Jean-Philippe Mateta and sent a curling shot into Vicente Guaita’s top corner.

However, while Gallagher returned to break Palace hearts, the Eagles’ supporters will likely direct their ire towards the officials following the decision not to send Silva off.

Just after the half-hour mark, the Chelsea defender appeared to deliberately handle the ball after falling to the ground, denying Ayew a possible goalscoring opportunity.

Referee Chris Kavanagh showed the Brazilian a yellow card, which was upheld following a VAR check, much to the dismay of Palace boss Patrick Vieira – who was booked for his protests – and his players.

Palace’s sense of injustice deepened when Silva headed James’ long ball into the path of Aubameyang, who produced a smart finish on the half-volley to bring Chelsea level.

Aubameyang celebrates with Silva
Aubameyang marked his Premier League return with a well-taken first-half equaliser for Chelsea

Because of the postponement of matches following the death of Queen Elizabeth II – for whom a minute’s silence was observed before kick-off – and the international break, neither side had played a Premier League game since 3 September.

And while Chelsea looked settled in possession early on, Palace took the lead with their first attack. Edouard pounced on a loose Wesley Fofana pass and found Ayew on the right. The Ghanaian’s dipping cross found Edouard, who stretched to poke the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga.

With their tails up, the home side – who lost Nathaniel Clyne to a serious-looking injury before half-time – immediately pressed for a second as Kepa turned Eberechi Eze’s shot from distance around the post with the Palace attacker firing narrowly wide from the resultant corner.

Wilfried Zaha forced a sharp save from Kepa in the second half but Palace were unable to put the Chelsea defence under enough pressure, before Gallagher popped up to rub salt in the home side’s wounds and get Potter off the mark as Blues boss.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  2. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  3. Squad number10Player nameEze

  4. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  5. Squad number7Player nameOlise

  6. Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

  7. Squad number2Player nameWard

  8. Squad number13Player nameGuaita

  9. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  10. Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

  11. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  12. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  13. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  14. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

  15. Squad number14Player nameMateta

Chelsea

  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  2. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  3. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  4. Squad number24Player nameJames

  5. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  6. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  7. Squad number9Player nameAubameyang

  8. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  9. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  10. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga

  11. Squad number19Player nameMount

  12. Squad number18Player nameBroja

  13. Squad number17Player nameSterling

  14. Squad number33Player nameFofana

  15. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Guaita
  • 17ClyneSubstituted forTomkinsat 44′minutes
  • 2Ward
  • 6Guéhi
  • 3Mitchell
  • 7Olise
  • 28DoucouréSubstituted forHughesat 84′minutes
  • 10EzeSubstituted forSchluppat 74′minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 22ÉdouardBooked at 22minsSubstituted forMatetaat 84′minutes
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 5Tomkins
  • 14Mateta
  • 15Schlupp
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Johnstone
  • 23Ebiowei
  • 44Riedewald
  • 45Gordon

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 24James
  • 33Fofana
  • 6Thiago SilvaBooked at 33mins
  • 21Chilwell
  • 8KovacicBooked at 88mins
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 56′minutes
  • 17Sterling
  • 19MountBooked at 52minsSubstituted forPulisicat 84′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forGallagherat 76′minutes
  • 9AubameyangSubstituted forBrojaat 75′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Pulisic
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 14Chalobah
  • 18Broja
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gallagher
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 28Azpilicueta

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