Burnley hero Vokes hails 'huge' Chelsea win

Judith Bessette
Agosto 12, 2017

Burnley held on in the end to claim a first ever Premier League win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues didn't come pouring out of the gates, either, though the hour mark saw a decent chance and shouts for a penalty as Burnley got extra chippy.

The champions had Gary Cahill sent off early on for a unsafe tackle and the Clarets made their numerical advantage count as they stormed into a 3-0 lead before half-time, with Sam Vokes netting twice and Stephen Ward also getting on the scoresheet.

But the trouble began for the Blues when Gary Cahill was red carded after committing a rough foul on Steven Defour in which the referee had no choice than to send him out. The visitors were also assisted by disarray in the Chelsea defence in spite of the introduction of Andreas Christensen to replace unfortunate debutant Jeremie Boga.

15 minutes later: up stepped Stephen Ward to make it 2-0.

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It took 40 minutes before Luiz launched Chelsea's first shot in anger high over the bar. By the time Vokes powered in a header from Defour's delivery on the stroke of the interval, many Chelsea fans had left their seats in search of strong half-time refreshments.

It's off to a disastrous start at Stamford Bridge as the Blues are now losing to lower table side Burnley at home.

Fabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea's tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.

Chelsea appeared to be gathering some momentum, until Fabregas lunged into a challenge and picked up a second yellow card, leaving the hosts with nine men for the final ten minutes.

Just two minutes later the Australian's brilliant cross was powered home by €13 million man Mounie, who looks like he might just be worth every penny. A frantic finish saw Burnley's Robbie Brady strike the post with a free-kick, while Chelsea's pressure just failed to bring an equalizer.

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