Luton enter the hands of Cole Palmer, but Chelsea suffer late scare

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Chelsea held off a late flurry of attacks from Luton Town to earn their eight win in the Premier League this season.

The Blues, fresh off a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace earlier in the week, needed to close off the year on a more positive note— and did so by putting three goals behind a resilient Luton team.

Chelsea’s first goal came through Cole Palmer in the first half after just 12 minutes of play. To be fair, the goal came against the run of play, as Palmer took advantage of a mistake made in the Luton penalty box.

Noni Madueke, making a rare start for Chelsea this season, got on the scoresheet to make it 2-0 to Mauricio Pochettino’s side, after some good footwork by Palmer, who later laid the ball for him to smash into the roof of the Luton goal.

It was a second goal in two matches for Madueke, who came on from the bench to win and convert the penalty that got the Blues over the line against Palace on Wednesday.

Chelsea’s third goal came after 70 minutes of play, through Palmer again— the 20-year-old this time, played through on goal by Nicolas Jackson, rounded off the Luton goalkeeper before keeping a calm head to slot the ball into the net despite having three opposition players around him.

At that point, many expected that Chelsea were just going to cruise until the end, but instead, it was the home side that had all the chances going forward, and it wasn’t long before they got two goals through ex-Chelsea midfielder, Ross Barkley and Elijah Adebayo.

Luton fought very hard to get their equaliser, but in the end, the Blues held on to keep the win, and end the year more positively.