Late goals from substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian secured Chelsea’s first away win of the season against Norwich City.
The Blues controlled proceedings early on but a resurgent Norwich and an Anthony Pilkington header put the Canaries level, giving Chelsea a nervous last 20 minutes. But two goals in quick succession in the 85th and 86th minute left Norwich deflated and gave Jose Mourinho his first away league win since returning to the club.
Chelsea started brightly and were rewarded with a goal after just four minutes. John Terry played a long ball up to Demba Ba. The striker took it down beautifully before laying it off to Oscar who passed the ball into the bottom corner with the outside of his right foot.
Ba was chosen ahead of Samuel Eto’o and was taking his chance, causing havoc amongst the Norwich defence and especially Paul Ruddy. He called for a penalty when Sebastien Bassong wrestled him to the ground 90 seconds before Oscar’s goal, and he was thwarted by the Norwich keeper on a few occasions.
Chelsea continued to dominate the first half, but failed to get a second goal. Norwich started the second half well and caused a few problems for Chelsea on the break. Pilkington also had a penalty claim turned down when Ramires appeared to take him down inside the area. And with 68 minutes gone, Martin Olsson crossed from the left and Ricky van Wolfswinkel knocked it into the six-yard box for the waiting Anthony Pilkington to head home.
Not happy with a point away from home, Mourinho brought on Samuel Eto’o, Hazard and Willian, reverting to three at the back. For a time it looked like Norwich who would score a next goal.
But Chelsea broke from a poor corner with Hazard and Willian winning headers in the build up, Oscar tried to play in Hazard. Tettey failed to clear the ball and Hazard was left to strike, Ruddy made the save but it bounced under him and crossed the line.
With Norwich desperate to get another equaliser, it was Chelsea who got another goal. This time the ball broke to Willian on the right-hand corner of the penalty box and the Brazilian sent a sweet, curling strike passed Ruddy with his left-foot – what a way to score your first goal!