Conor Gallagher scores late winner as Chelsea comeback to defeat stubborn Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park (Highlights)

Conor Gallagher scored a late winner as Chelsea comeback to defeat stubborn Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park on saturday.

Pierre Aubameyang and Conor Gallagher’s superb late strike seals all three points for Graham Potter in his first Premier League match as Chelsea manager.

Odsonne Edouard had given Palace an early lead that they deserved on balance, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled that out with a goal on his first Premier League game since returning to English football from Barcelona last month.

Palace were well drilled in their shape, with Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise both disciplined in midfield out of possession but then pouring forward when the Eagles got the ball. Chelsea, meanwhile, had far more of the ball but looked a little unsure of themselves.

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Raheem Sterling did go close, however, hitting the outside of the post from a Reece James cross.

The home crowd were baying for a red card half an hour when Thiago Silva was caught out and swiped the ball away from Jordan Ayew with his hand while sprawled on the floor to stop the Palace man racing through on goal. He was yellow carded but VAR decided not to upgrade it.

The sickener for Palace was Silva’s involvement in the equaliser soon afterwards. The centre-back jumped highest to nod a searching diagonal ball into the path of Aubameyang, who was not far removed from fluffing a glorious earlier chance, to finish first time on the turn.

Chelsea could have gone ahead in unusual circumstances in first half stoppage time with a seldom seen indirect free-kick inside the Palace area after an illegal back-pass. But Mason Mount’s shot rippled the outside of the net, rather than the inside.

The visitors from west London were undeniably on top in the second half, although real clear chances were few and far between as both teams appeared to lack end product.

On the hour mark, a combination of Cheick Doucoure and Joel Ward blocked really well against Kai Havertz from close range. Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell probably should have done better with an attempt that he blazed over the bar.

Watch the highlights of Chelsea’s  2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park Below: 

Chelsea were nearly made to rue not making that dominance when stand-in goalkeeper Kepa had to be alert to parry from Wilfried Zaha, who had been largely quiet until that moment.

In the end it had to be Gallagher. Fellow substitute Christian Pulisic played a major role in the winning goal, driving in from the left flank, with Gallagher then unleashing a superb curling effort into the far corner in the last of the full 90.

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