Chelsea 2-2 Southampton
The Blues surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead at the Bridge, to
draw against a spirited Southampton side, 2-2.
It’s another disappointing home result, largely because of
how well we played in the first half. Demba Ba, making his first home start in
the league, put the Blues in front in the 25th minute, tucking home
a neat volley after the Saints defence failed to clear a cross from right-back Azpilicueta.
Just before half-time Ramires sent a
shot clattering into the crossbar. It rebounded to Hazard whose left-footed
finish found the corner of the net from the edge of the box.
But the second half belonged to the
Saints. Less than three minutes after he came on as a substitute, Rickie
Lambert rose highest to meet a decent cross and nod it past Cech in goal. The
Premier League’s leading English scorer collected the ball from the net and ran
back to his own half – Saints were in the mood for a comeback.
The game was level on 75 minutes when
Luke Shaw’s low cross found Jason Puncheon on the right-hand side of the box.
Puncheon took one touch to flick the ball up before powering his shot into the
top left-hand corner of the goal.
Torres replaced Lamps in the 79th
minute as Chelsea tried to find a winner, but the game ended in a draw.