Conor Gallagher scores for Chelsea against Crystal Palace
Conor Gallagher’s goals were his first of the season in the Premier League

Conor Gallagher scored twice as Chelsea came from behind to win at Selhurst Park and pile the pressure on Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

The Blues dominated the opening period of the match but it was Palace who took the lead, with Jefferson Lerma picking up the ball on the edge of the area and rifling the ball into the top corner in the 30th minute.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side could not muster a shot until the 45th minute as Palace looked to frustrate their opponents and pick up a much-needed Premier League win.

However, it took just two minutes of the second half for the visitors to level as Malo Gusto’s cross was met by Gallagher – who was on loan at Palace in 2021-22 – and he smashed the ball past Dean Henderson to level the scores.

Chelsea continued to push for a winner and Gallagher secured it in stoppage time with a neat first-time finish, before Enzo Fernandez added a third with seconds remaining.

Gallagher takes centre stage against former club

Chelsea came into this match on the back of an impressive FA Cup win at Aston Villa and made only the one enforced change with centre-back Thiago Silva coming in for the injured Benoit Badiashile.

The visitors struggled to break down Palace in the first half despite dominating possession and completing 420 passes, the most in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League game without having a shot on target since the 2003-04 season.

Pochettino’s side have struggled to penetrate teams that have defended in a low block this season and found it hard to find ways through Hodgson’s stubborn Palace side.

The Chelsea manager made changes at half-time and with Christopher Nkunku coming on and Cole Palmer moving out to the right they seemed to be more fluent in attack.

It was Palmer who slid in a cross from wide to set up Gallagher’s second, an excellent, drilled finish into the bottom corner.

The England midfielder now has three goals in two games after scoring in the cup at Villa, and will hope that his first league goals of the season kickstart a run of form for him and his team.

Chelsea travel to Manchester City on Saturday before taking on Liverpool in the EFL Cup final and Leeds in the FA Cup, in what will be a crucial two weeks of their season.

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Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number30Player nameHenderson

  2. Squad number12Player nameMuñoz

  3. Squad number16Player nameAndersen

  4. Squad number26Player nameRichards

  5. Squad number3Player nameMitchell

  6. Squad number20Player nameA Wharton

  7. Squad number8Player nameLerma

  8. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  9. Squad number19Player nameHughes

  10. Squad number11Player nameMatheus França

  11. Squad number14Player nameMateta

  1. Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

  2. Squad number29Player nameAhamada

Chelsea

  1. Squad number28Player namePetrovic

  2. Squad number27Player nameGusto

  3. Squad number2Player nameDisasi

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  6. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

  7. Squad number8Player nameFernández

  8. Squad number11Player nameMadueke

  9. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

  10. Squad number15Player nameJackson

  11. Squad number20Player namePalmer

  1. Squad number7Player nameSterling

  2. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

  3. Squad number26Player nameColwill

  4. Squad number42Player nameGilchrist

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Henderson
  • 12MuñozBooked at 79mins
  • 16Andersen
  • 26Richards
  • 3Mitchell
  • 20A Wharton
  • 8LermaBooked at 70mins
  • 9J Ayew
  • 19HughesSubstituted forAhamadaat 79′minutes
  • 11França de OliveiraSubstituted forÉdouardat 84′minutes
  • 14Mateta

Substitutes

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Clyne
  • 22Édouard
  • 29Ahamada
  • 44Riedewald
  • 52Ozoh

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Petrovic
  • 27GustoSubstituted forGilchristat 84′minutes
  • 2DisasiBooked at 90mins
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forColwillat 61′minutes
  • 21Chilwell
  • 25Caicedo
  • 8Fernández
  • 11MaduekeSubstituted forNkunkuat 45′minutes
  • 23Gallagher
  • 15JacksonBooked at 90minsSubstituted forSterlingat 79′minutes
  • 20Palmer

Substitutes

  • 7Sterling
  • 10Mudryk
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Chukwuemeka
  • 18Nkunku
  • 26Colwill
  • 31Casadei
  • 42Gilchrist
  • 47Bergström

Referee:
Michael Oliver

Attendance:
25,110

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