Chelsea badgeEverton badgeChelsea are now just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United after a hard fought 1 – nil victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

chelseaMichael Essien hit the winner 4 minutes before the end of the first half, beating Tim Howard after neat inter play with Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Everton were industrious but lacked the quality to unlock the visitors defence.

Manuel Fernandes went close with a curling free-kick as the hosts pressed for an equaliser, but Chelsea held on.

It may have been a nervy finish for Chelsea but they were good value for the three points and Avram Grant’s side are back in the hunt for the league title.

Avram Grant;

Van der Vaart It was a good victory, I am very happy with it, we controlled the game.

We had chances to make it 2-0 or 3-0 but our last pass was a bit sloppy. We scored a fantastic goal though.

Despite all the speculation, it’s not hard to focus. It’s just part of life.

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