Noni Madueke Helps Chelsea Secure Victory Over Crystal Palace 2–1
It was a nail-biting game, Chelsea playing South London’s Crystal Palace but Noni Madueke helped the blues secure the 10th spot on the table with a late penalty. The winger skillfully converted an 89th-minute shot putting Chelsea in the lead.
The match against Crystal Palace is a bittersweet victory for Chelsea as it sustained 19 league defeats in 2023. But Todd Boehly-owned football club has scrambled back into the top half of the Premier League table.
Pressure was on Noni Madueke Chelsea after Michael Olise tossed away Mykhailo Mudryk’s early goal just before half-time. But the 21-year-old was all praises for Crystal Palace. Madueke told Amazon Prime that credit goes to Crystal Palace. “They played some good stuff and were difficult to break down. But credit to us too, we deserved it.”
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
The match could have gone either way. Crystal Palace had a bright start, but pressure was on Chelsea following a defeat on Christmas Eve to the Wolves. It was equally pressing for the South London football club as it hasn’t won in eight games. Crystal Palace now sits in 15th position, after a 13th straight defeat.
Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace manager, raised hands against the last minute penalty that got Noni Madueke Chelsea a score and a win. “We have to accept there are two referees in the game,” he said referring to the VAR. “It happens and people will look at it themselves. But we are taking away the decision of those on the field and giving it to someone sat in front of a TV screen.
“It’s not my obvious idea of what a penalty looks like. I’m conditioned to see how penalties are given and not given for many years. I’ve no real interest in discussing referees and VAR.”
Noni Madueke Chelsea Impressing Performance
After a really challenging season, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is happy with the blues win. “I am really pleased with the performance. The Premier League is really tough and we need to be consistent. The first half of the season has been really up and down and it’s been tough and difficult. But we’re positive and we need to show that we can compete.”
This game showed how desperate Chelsea was to win, leaving fans craving and what’s more to come from the blues. Chelsea was impressive.