A trademark James Ward-Prowse free-kick earned basement membership Southampton a valuable three factors at Chelsea in a scrappy 1-0 Premier League win on Saturday and piled extra strain on house coach Graham Potter.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta introduced down Stuart Armstrong simply outdoors the world within the forty fifth minute and Ward-Prowse curled a free kick over the wall into the right-hand aspect of the online with goalkeeper Kepa left sprawling.
Azpilicueta wanted practically 10 minutes of remedy on the pitch within the second half after he acquired a kick to the pinnacle in a goalmouth conflict. Physios from each golf equipment rushed to his assist and the Spaniard was ultimately carried off on a stretcher.
Chelsea, which has scored solely 4 targets in 10 video games in all competitions because the begin of the 12 months, appeared livelier within the second half when Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz got here on and so they stored the Southampton defence beneath strain.
But regardless of spending practically 300 million kilos ($361.05 million) within the January switch window, the Blues nonetheless couldn’t rating towards the south-coast group led by caretaker coach Ruben Selles after Nathan Jones was sacked every week in the past.
Chelsea are languishing in tenth place on 31 factors from 23 video games and are 10 factors adrift of the highest 4. Southampton have 18 factors and are three factors outdoors the protection zone.