Second-half latest: Swansea 1-0 Chelsea

first_imgMikel has enjoyed a run in the Chelsea side under Guus HiddinkChelsea made a bright start in the second half but continue to trail to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike.Alexandre Pato came closest to bringing the Blues level, but was unable to turn in Pedro’s cross after a fine move that also involved Ruben Loftus-Cheek.Swansea could have added to their lead, but former Blues youngster Jack Cork saw his shot saved by Asmir Begovic.Chelsea looked sharper and more solid following a sloppy first-half defensive display that resulted in Matt Miazga being taken off at the break and replaced by Kenedy, with John Mikel Obi playing as a makeshift centre-back.After Sigurdsson scored with a volley from the edge of the area to put Swansea ahead, Chelsea looked disorganised at the back and could have been further behind at the break.Begovic, who making his first Premier League start since November, made a fine save from Sigurdsson with the score at 0-0.But, like all of his back four, Begovic was far from convincing and only some wayward finishing and poor decision making stopped Swansea from adding to their lead.Centre-backs Miazga and Branislav Ivanovic had several nervy moments while full-backs Cesar Azpilicueta and Baba Rahman looked nervy against the home side’s pace out wide – particularly when facing Jefferson Montero.Chelsea’s best chance of the opening period came in injury-time but Oscar took too long after being put through by Cesc Fabregas and Pato shot wide as he followed up.Guus Hiddink, who is still unbeaten in the Premier League during his second spell as manager, named youngsters Ola Aina, Charlie Colkett and Kasey Palmer on the bench.Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Paloschi.Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Ki, Barrow, Routledge, Gomis.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga [Kenedy 46], Ivanovic, Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar; Pato [Traore 64]. Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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