- Southampton scored first from a Baba Rahman mistake in the first half
- Kennedy replaced Baba in the second half
- Chelsea got their goals through Fabregas and Ivanovic to win 2-1
- Hiddink said Baba could not pick himself up from his mistake and had to be replaced
Chelsea came down from a Baba Rahman own goal to beat Southampton 2-1 at the St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon and moved up to 11th on the league table.
It looked a drab game until the Saints gave the home fans something to cheer about when Shane Long pounced on a Baba Rahman blunder and beat Thibaut Courtois to it in the 42 minute.
Chelsea came back from recess with Kennedy replacing Baba who it was revealed was eaten up by the bad day in office. They kept piling the pressure but had their efforts thwarted by the defensemen of Sotho.
It took a Costa assist from a seemingly hopeless situation to give the Blues some form of hope when the striker kept the ball which kept rolling away and sent a low one to Fabregas who sent a curling one in the 75 minute to beat Sotho keeper, Forster for the first time in 667 minutes.
Chelsea showed they had the greater stamina and capitalised on the home side dropping back too much after the break as Ivanovic headed in strongly from a Willian corner in the 89 minute of the game.
Guus Hiddink explained why he replaced Baba Rahman, whose mistake led to Southampton's goal, at half-time: "I don't want to make a fake injury. I took him off because of the error. He has to cope with that. He was very down in the locker room about his mistake, but we have to make decisions like we did."
Other Saturday EPL results
West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland
Leicester 1- 0 Norwich
Southampton 1- 2 Chelsea
Stoke 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Watford 0 – 0 Bournemouth