Chelsea produced a fine away performance to come away with all three points at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday evening, bouncing back at the first attempt following the defeat to West Ham at the weekend.
An own goal and a Willian header put the Blues two nil up at the break, and then a fine finish from Pedro added a third. Huddersfield got a consolation goal in the last play of the game.
The home side came into this game on the back of a home win against Brighton at the weekend whilst Chelsea were beaten in the London derby to West Ham by a goal to nil.
Chelsea started the better of the two sides, and within the opening five minutes, the Blues nearly went ahead. Eden Hazard received a ball over the top, the Belgian was onside but he failed to control it.
But the Blues took a well deserved lead just past the 20 minute mark. A poor ball out from Huddersfield led to an excellent flick from Eden Hazard to Willian. The Brazilian played it into Bakayoko on the left, and the Frenchman slotted it past the Terriers keeper from a tight angle, but defender Lowe diverted it in to give Chelsea the opening goal of the game.
Chelsea continued their dominance and a free-kick delivery ended up on the edge of the box for N’Golo Kante. But shooting isn’t one of his biggest assets and that proved to be the case once again when he fired over.
Once again, it was total dominance from the visitors and Tiemoue Bakayoko nearly got his second of the evening, but he headed just wide of the goal from the free-kick.
Finally, Antonio Conte’s men got their second of the game. A couple of minutes before the break, and a Marcos Alonso cross into the box was met by Willian who wrong footed Lossl, and headed home to put the Blues 2-0 up.
It was nearly a quick fire third. Hazard played an open Pedro who was in on goal but the Huddersfield keeper made himself big and blocked the Spaniard’s effort.
Chelsea started just like they ended the first, a cross into the box fell to Willian, he teed it up for Pedro, and the 30-year-old fired into the top right hand corner to extend the away side’s lead.
Victor Moses and then Eden Hazard had efforts saved at the near post as they looked to confirm all three points but the pair were both denied.
Courtois was then called into action by Tom Ince, but the Belgian raced off his line to deny the Huddersfield attacking midfielder and then Andreas Christensen headed away to avert the danger. The home side were buoyed on by that as then a long ranged effort sailed just over the bar.
Chelsea pounced on a defensive error to run through on goal, and Eden Hazard flicked the ball back to Pedro who curled just wide of the target. That was the Belgian’s last involvement as he was replaced by Michy Batshuayi. A second change was made quickly after, and Danny Drinkwater was introduced for Kante as Conte tried to keep players as fresh as possible following groans about fatigue.
Ethan Ampadu, only 17-years-old, came on for his Premier League debut and is the second youngest Chelsea player to feature in the competition. He certainly has a bright future ahead of him.
But the home side didn’t give up, and Depoitre headed past Thibaut Courtois to decrease the lead to two goals.
The lead was kept to three and Chelsea walked away from a cold Yorkshire with all three points. It was a performance nothing like the defeat to West Ham last weekend and now the Blues head back to Stamford Bridge to face Southampton on Saturday.