Chelsea scored twice in seven second-half minutes through Cole Palmer and Nicolas Jackson to claim a laboured 2-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United today Saturday.
Palmer unlocked a determined visiting defence when he poked the ball home from six metres after a one-two with Raheem Sterling in the 54th minute.
Palmer then turned provider in the 61st when United goalkeeper Wes Foderingham could only parry the ball to the midfielder after a goalmouth melee and he fed Jackson who was unmarked at the far post to turn the ball home.
Chelsea’s third home league win of the season sent Mauricio Pochettino’s side up to 10th place above London neighbours Fulham and Brentford. United, under newly-returned coach Chris Wilder, remained rooted to the foot of the table.