Saints battle to Chelsea draw

Chelsea dropped more points in the Premier League title race after failing to win for a third consecutive game at Stamford Bridge as they were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw by Southampton.

Last Updated: 16/01/13 at 23:26 Post Comment   

Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring a dramatic equaliser for Southampton

Jason Puncheon celebrates scoring a dramatic equaliser for Southampton

Demba Ba scored his first Premier League goal for the club on home soil and his third in 11 days against their opponents before Eden Hazard put the Blues in a comfortable lead before the break with his second goal in as many matches.

But Saints fought back in the second half as Rickie Lambert struck two minutes and 47 seconds after coming on as a substitute before Jason Puncheon grabbed an unlikely point with a wonderful equaliser to push Saints three clear of the drop zone.

Chelsea took an early grip on the game but Ashley Cole only managed a soft header back across goal in the early stages.

They did break the deadlock after 25 minutes though and, almost inevitably, Frank Lampard played a key role and Ba, who had marked his Chelsea debut with two goals in the FA Cup tie, finished.

The Chelsea captain beat Luke Shaw as he jinked his way into the box before laying the ball back for Azpilicueta to curl the cross in. Oscar and Jos Hooiveld both went for the header and the ball deflected up for the Senegalese striker, who executed an acrobatic volley to beat Artur Boruc.

And when Southampton made a hash of clearing their lines, Chelsea pounced for the second. Ramires rifled a shot off the post but Eden Hazard followed up to drill a left-footed shot from the edge of the box past Boruc.

The onus was on the visitors and manager Nigel Adkins threw on Lambert for Rodriguez after 55 minutes. Three minutes later he had scored.

Nathaniel Clyne escaped the attentions of Hazard down the right and swung in a deep cross for Lambert, who found space between three Chelsea defenders to head past Petr Cech for his 10th league goal of the season. No Englishman has scored more.

Chelsea suddenly looked a bit nervous at the back. The Blues had chances to wrap up the game but Ba rifled a spectacular volley over the top and Lampard curled a free-kick wide.

And then, with 15 minutes remaining, Southampton equalised. Youngster Luke Shaw charged 50 yards down the left and pulled the cross back for Puncheon, who teed the ball up with his first touch and powered a volley past Cech with his second.

Chelsea sent Torres on for Lampard to a chorus of boos. The Spaniard rifled one good chance wide and then lofted a cross straight behind for a goal-kick.

Since their 8-0 rout of Aston Villa on December 23rd, Chelsea have lost at home to QPR and Swansea and now drawn with the relegation-battling Saints.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Sunday, 20 April 2014
16:10
Everton 2-0 Man Utd Report
14:05
Hull City 0-3 Arsenal Report
12:00
Norwich 2-3 Liverpool Report
Saturday, 19 April 2014
17:30
Chelsea 1-2 Sunderland Report
15:00
A Villa 0-0 Southampton Report
Cardiff 1-1 Stoke City  
Newcastle 1-2 Swansea Report
West Ham 0-1 C Palace Report
12:45
Tottenham 3-1 Fulham Report
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
19:45
Everton 2-3 C Palace Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 35 52 80
2 Chelsea 35 41 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 35 21 70
5 Everton 35 23 69
6 Tottenham 35 2 63
7 Man Utd 34 16 57
8 Southampton 35 5 49
9 Newcastle 35 -15 46
10 Stoke City 35 -10 44
11 C Palace 35 -13 43
12 West Ham 35 -10 37
13 Swansea 35 -4 36
14 Hull City 34 -9 36
15 A Villa 34 -14 35
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 35 -28 32
18 Cardiff 35 -34 30
19 Fulham 35 -42 30
20 Sunderland 34 -24 29

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Transfer News: Leeds striker Ross McCormack waiting on contract talks

Leeds United striker Ross McCormack is waiting to see if new owner Massimo Cellino will offer him a new contract.

Premier League: No Manchester City hangover, insists Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City will keep fighting for the Premier League title, despite their week to forget.

Sherwood keen to keep Eriksen

Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood hopes the club can keep hold of Christian Eriksen in the summer.

Mail Box

'Tactically Inept And Lacking In Belief And Style'

It's fair to say that the 'Moyes Out' brigade is understandably out in force, whilst there are also staunch defences of Mourinho and Arteta. Plus, Liverpool fans can almost taste it.

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property