Saturday, 27 February 2016

Southampton 1 - Chelsea 2: Fabregas and Ivanovic sink Saints as Forster breaks record

FRASER FORSTER showed his credentials for England selection for Euro 2016 after breaking Paul Jones' record of 666 minutes without conceding a goal for Southampton - but had his party spoiled by late goals from Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic at St Mary's.

The 27-year-old has been a rock between the sticks for the Saints since returning from a long-term injury but he failed to keep a clean sheet this time round against the Blues.
Cesc Fabregas' cross went all the way through and into the net past Fraser Forster at St Mary's
Cesc Fabregas' cross went all the way through and into the net past Fraser Forster at St Mary's
This win sees Guus Hiddink maintain his unbeaten Premier League record as Chelsea move up to 11th, edging ever closer to breaking into the top half of the table.

It was a frustarting start for the Blues, however, with Pedro being forced off of the pitch after just seven minutes as Oscar replaced the Spaniard.

The 27-year-old has been a rock between the sticks for the Saints since returning from a long-term injury but he failed to keep a clean sheet this time round against the Blues.

This win sees Guus Hiddink maintain his unbeaten Premier League record as Chelsea move up to 11th, edging ever closer to breaking into the top half of the table.

It was a frustarting start for the Blues, however, with Pedro being forced off of the pitch after just seven minutes as Oscar replaced the Spaniard.

Their injury-hit start went from bad to worse after 42 minutes when Shane Long fired Southampton into the lead.

Baba Rahman's shocking header went straight to the Irishman who punished the defender by putting his dinked effort past the on-rushing Thibaut Courtois.

Ronald Koeman's men came into the game without conceding a goal in over nine hours and looked like they would keep it that way, but with just 15 minutes left Chelsea knocked down Saints's defensive wall when Fabregas's cross, which was intended for Eden Hazard, went all the way through and past a helpless Forster into the bottom right corner.

This goal spurred the Blues on and they completed the turnaround on 89 minutes when Ivanovic headed Hiddink's men into the lead, with Forster's glove failing to prevent Chelsea from securing the three points.

Saints could have moved up to fifth but instead they dropped down to seventh after their agonising defeat.

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