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Chelsea lost to Crystal Palace 2-1 right in front of the Stamford Bridge faithful – a defeat that shocked us all. But it wasn’t for lack of trying, but a day with hard luck.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has reiterated all we’ve been saying – Chelsea were unlucky.

The former Chelsea star believes if that game is played 50 more times, the Blues will win.

Nevin wrote in his column in the official Chelsea website: “I do not however think that complacency was the case with the team or indeed the coaching staff. The play didn’t look half-hearted to me and indeed I reckon if you play that game again 50 times, Chelsea probably win it each time.

“The stats all suggest the team didn’t play badly; there was plenty of possession but more importantly a plethora of good chances that would have been converted on any other day. Palace had three attempts on goal and scored two, the Blues had 10 and converted only one. A big reason for that was good defending and good goalkeeping by the visiting side. Sam Allardyce knows how to organise a side with the best of them, but even so it was luck as much as judgement that saw the points disappear towards south London.”

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