Chelsea beats Everton 3-1 in Premier League

Chelsea beat Everton 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday for

its first win over David Moyes’ team since the 2009 FA Cup


In a mostly dour game, Daniel Sturridge set the hosts on their

way when he headed in Ashley Cole’s first-time cross from the left

in the 31st minute.

On the stroke of halftime, American goalkeeper Tim Howard failed

to collect a cross and allowed Chelsea captain John Terry to nod in

the second before Ramires all but sealed the win by converting Juan

Mata’s cross in the 61st.

Apostolos Vellios grabbed a consolation goal for Everton in the

81st only seconds after coming as a substitute.

Chelsea, which ended a six-game winless run against Everton,

stayed third in the standings, three points behind leader

Manchester City.

Mata was the inspiration behind the win in only his seventh game

for Chelsea since signing from Valencia for 23.5 million pounds

($37.2 million) in the offseason.

”I think Mata’s giving them a different dimension at the

moment,” Everton manager Moyes said. ”They’re more flexible,

Chelsea, than they’ve been in the past.”

Mata started the move for Sturridge’s goal and set up Ramires

for the third, although Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas chose to

praise the whole team.

”It’s all interrelated with his colleagues,” he said. ”The

talent in this squad is so immense and the technical staff’s job is

just to free the players.

”When they play with freedom of choice, they can express

themselves a little bit better.”

Chelsea maintained its 100 percent home record for the season,

leaving Everton to ponder a fourth loss that left Moyes’ team


”We gave them, certainly, the first two goals. I thought our

defending on the first one and second one was terrible and they

didn’t really have to work particularly hard,” Moyes said.

”To lose a goal just before halftime made it a mountain to