Player ratings: Crystal Palace 2 vs 3 Chelsea

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Chelsea fans must have breathed a sigh of relief when referee David Coote blew the final whistle in what was a tense finish to a game Chelsea should have won comfortably.

See the player ratings below

Kepa: He’d definitely be questioned for allowing a long distant shot from Zaha go past him with ease. 4/10

Reece James: Got into some good positions in attack and had a decent game. Still a work in progress and he’d need to do more defensively. 6/10

Christensen: Had a poor game by his standards. Patrick van Aanholt went past him easily in the lead up to Palace’s second goal. Was very nervy in the second half. 4/10

Zouma: Robust defending and saved Chelsea with a massive sliding tackle late in the game to deny Christian Benteke a stoppage time goal. 7/10

Azpilicueta: Dependable performance from the captain at left-back. Very assured display. 6/10

Gilmour: Good performance in the first half as he controlled the game in what was a dominant start for Chelsea. Couldn’t come to grips with the game after Palace’s first goal. Shaky game in the second half before being subbed off. 6/10

Barkley: Continued his fine form with another good performance in the first half. Looked tired in the second period. 6/10

Mount: Difficult game for the 21-year-old, but a decent game nevertheless. Worked hard and connected well with the forward players. 6/10

Willian: Showed his value to the squad with another fine performance. Played to the whistle and gave a fine assist for the opener. Worked tirelessly for the team and always looked dangerous. Involved in the first two goals for Chelsea. 8/10

Pulisic: Brilliant display yet again as he’s proving to be Chelsea’s best player since the restart. Always troubled the Leicester City defence and slammed home Chelsea’s second with a terrific left foot. 8/10

Giroud: Scored the opener for Chelsea and was lively in the first half. Looked tired in the second half. 7/10

Subs

Tammy Abraham: Scored his first Premier League goal since January with a fine finish. Almost cost his side with a lackadaisical play late in the game. 6/10

Loftus-Cheek: Fine assist for Abraham to score the third goal for Chelsea. 6/10

Jorginho: Replaced Gilmour with ten minutes left and he showed his experience to kill the tempo of the game. 6/10

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