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Gallagher scores as Chelsea win at Palace

Gallagher scores as Chelsea win at Palace

Two second-half goals from Conor Gallagher against his former loan team helped Chelsea earn a much-needed 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace on Monday (Feb 12). The Blues fell behind in the 30th minute when Jefferson Lerma struck powerfully from distance but were improved in the second period, equalising through Gallagher's first two minutes after half-time. The former Eagles midfielder popped up again in the 91st minute to finish a flowing move before Enzo Fernandez wrapped up the scoring with a stylish effort.

Conor Gallagher scored twice as Chelsea came from behind to win at Selhurst Park and increase the pressure on Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

The Blues dominated the opening period of the match but it was Palace who took the lead, with Jefferson Lerma picking up the ball on the edge of the area and rifling the ball into the top corner in the 30th minute.

Mauricio Pochettino's side could not muster a shot until the 45th minute as Palace tried to frustrate their opponents and pick up a much-needed win to widen the five-point gap to the relegation zone.

However, it took just two minutes of the second half for the visitors to level as Malo Gusto's bouncing cross was met by Gallagher – who was on loan at Palace in 2021-22 – and he smashed the ball past Dean Henderson.

Chelsea continued to push for a winner and Gallagher secured it in stoppage time with a neat first-time finish, before Enzo Fernandez added a composed finish at the near post to help lift his side to 10th in the table.