Madueke scores from the bench as Chelsea claim victory against Crystal Palace

Chelsea left it late to beat Crystal Palace, and move back into the top half of the Premier League table on Wednesday night.

The Blues, fresh from the pain of a demoralising 2-1 defeat to Wolves earlier in the week, needed to return to winning ways against their London neighbours.

Palace started the game slightly better than the home side, and it took about six minutes for Chelsea to assert themselves in the game.

Mykhailo Mudryk then made the pressure from the Blues count after 13 minutes of play— getting on the end of a low cross from Malo Gusto to hand Chelsea a 1-0 lead.

The Blues remained on top of things for most of the first half, and should have gone in at the break with a one-goal advantage, but a lapse in concentration opened up an avenue for Palace to get back into things.

Michael Olise fired a shot into Djordje Petrovic’s near post after getting on the end of a free-kick from an unmarked position to equalise for the visitors, and set up an even more entertaining affair in the second period.

After the break, Chelsea were not as creative as they were in the first half, and seemed sloppy with possession sometimes, but they somehow managed to keep Palace from scoring with the few counterattacking opportunities they created.

The game seemed headed for a draw after both sides had given it their all with nothing to show for it until second-half substitute, Noni Madueke was fouled in the Palace box by Eberechi Eze, leading to the Blues getting a penalty, which was clinically taken by the winger to make it 2-1 for his side.

The result means that Chelsea have now beaten Palace 13 times from their last 13 matches, and are back to 10th on the Premier League table.