By Derrick Kiplagat
Crystal Palace claimed a shock 2-1 victory against reigning EPL Champions at Stamford Bridge to increase Chelsea’s number of losses to two in four matches. Jose Mourinho’s side only lost three times last season to win the title. The London club has however lost twice already which increases Jose Mourinho’s pressure given the club owner’s no –nonsense attitude against under-performing managers.
After a barren draw in the first half, which was dominated by the Blues, Palace took the lead when Bakary Sako drove in after Yannick Bolasie’s low cross. Chelsea leveled matters when substitute Radamel Falcao headed in his first goal for the club. Palace sealed the win through defender Joel Ward to claim the three points.
The loss puts Chelsea 8 points behind leaders Manchester City after four games. The main contributing factor to Chelsea’s lackluster performance is the defense which has let in 9 goals so far in the four games.
Meanwhile, West ham claimed their first win at Ainfield since 1963 and handed Liverpool their first loss of the season in a game that saw two players sent off. The Hammers displayed classic counter attack football with Manuel Lazzini impressing of his debut. He scored the first one and set up a second one for Captain Mark Noble.
Brazilian attacking midfielder Phillipe Coutinho was sent off by referee Kevin Friend after a heavy tackle on Dimitri Payet. The midfielder had received a booking in the first half. West ham Captain Mark Noble also received his marching orders after a hard tackle on substitute Danny Ings.
Hammers increased Brendan Rogers’ side’s nightmares after Diafra Sakho pounced on a mistake to make it 3-0. The reds have recently been praised for keeping three consecutive clean sheets in the first three games but a poor performance from the two center-backs Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren saw their ship sink.