Southampton v Chelsea - story of the match

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Substitute Olivier Giroud revealed that he urged Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard not to give up against Southampton before the duo combined to complete a 3-2 comeback win at Southampton yesterday.

Things went from bad to worse from the visitors when debutant Jan Bednarek doubled Southampton's lead on the hour mark, putting Mark Hughes' side in pole position to earn a much-needed three points.

Chelsea overturned a two-goal Premier League deficit for the first time since their 3-2 win over Charlton in 2002, when Claudio Ranieri was boss.

The biggest pain for supporters is the fact that previous teams had sufficient character to ride out the regular Chelsea managerial hiccups and raise their game sufficiently to at least ensure bitter rivals Tottenham never got the upper hand at Stamford Bridge. The Saints are now 18th on the Premier League table, the last relegation slot.

The Englishman swung in a delightful ball from the right, and Bednarek ghosted in at the back post and guided home his first goal for the club. With six Premier League games remaining, Antonio Conte and his players are facing up to the harsh fact their title defence has been an unmitigated disaster.

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It was no surprise that they drew first blood with their first attempt at goal when Dusan Tadic made a late entry to the box to tap home Ryan Bertrand's cross on 21 minutes.

A brilliant and courageous header from Alonso's inviting cross soon after coming on brought Giroud his first Premier League goal, his desire won the ball in the build-up to the second goal and his composed finish won the points.

While Chelsea managed to eke out a win, the outgoing champions' fall from grace was reflected in the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award that was announced yesterday. They have won only one of their last 19 league games, and that was against West Brom, so it doesn't really count.

"I was a player, and the players must play every game, not for me but for the club and for the fans". I said in the second half that we must be pleased because I saw the right fire and desire in my players.

Key Opta stats: - Southampton have lost consecutive Premier League games after scoring 2+ goals for the first time ever. I think between the referee, linesman or fourth official that one of them should have seen it.

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