Oussama Assaidi scored a superb late winner as Stoke City came from behind to stun Chelsea and earn just their fourth Premier League win this season.

Andre Schurrle's fine low shot gave the Blues the lead, but Peter Crouch's close-range strike levelled matters.

A lovely curled effort by substitute Stephen Ireland put the Potters ahead after the break only for Schurrle to level with a magnificent half-volley.

Chelsea failed to kill off game - Mourinho

Schurrle then hit the bar but Assaidi's angled strike left Chelsea in third.

The gripping finale, and a home victory, seemed highly unlikely as a Blues side who could have moved within one point of leaders Arsenal dominated the first 35 minutes.

Having fallen behind in each of their past three games, a seemingly more defensively minded Chelsea line-up saw manager Jose Mourinho leave out Frank Lampard and Willian for John Mikel Obi and Schurrle.

But Mourinho's changes allowed Chelsea to boss the midfield and also had an immediate impact in the final third.

Mikel played a pacy pass into Schurrle, who turned sharply before running purposefully towards goal and drilling a fine low cross-shot into the bottom corner.

Never go back?

Chelsea have already conceded more goals than they did in the whole of Jose Mourinho's debut season as Chelsea manager in 2004-05

It was the start of a lengthy spell of Chelsea domination, both in terms of possession and territory.

Ramires wasted several excellent shooting chances, Eden Hazard almost teed up Fernando Torres and Juan Mata shot straight at Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area.

The chances were not clear-cut but the visitors looked in control and Stoke, who had won just once in 11 previous games and had failed to score in seven of their 14 games, were barely threatening.

A tame Jonathan Walters header that went well wide of the post after a decent move was their only noteworthy attempt, however they managed to draw level by the break and took full advantage of Chelsea's failure to kill the game off.

Blues keeper Petr Cech hesitated as a long corner drifted into the box and was unable to recover his position in time to keep out Crouch's low strike.

Chelsea's Andre Schurrle celebrates his first-half goal against Stoke

Schurrle celebrates his first-half goal

Buoyed by their equaliser, Stoke started to show the belief and intensity they were missing before the break and their attacking intent was rewarded within five minutes.

Walters, restored to the side after his run of 102 consecutive Premier League starts came to an end in midweek , outmuscled Cesar Azpilicueta on the right flank and found Ireland, who curled a brilliant shot past Cech and into the far corner.

But a Chelsea side well versed in fightbacks were level just two minutes and 21 seconds later when a venomous first-time half-volley from Schurrle flew into the net from 20 yards following a Mata free-kick.

Schurrle almost completed his hat-trick soon after, but his curled effort from the edge of the box smashed against the bar and to safety.

Analysis

"Chelsea dominated the first half and gained the early initiative and there only looked being one winner. But they could not make it count and Stoke earned the points with a fine comeback after a much-improved second half."

But Stoke, who had won only once in the league since August, were posing just as great a danger. Ryan Shawcross knocked a shot over the bar and Ireland should have scored from the angle of the box on the left, but shot wastefully over.

And with both sides leaving big gaps, Stoke broke forward and Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, cut in from the right to score his first Premier League goal with a beautiful strike that found the top corner.

Chelsea slipped a place as a result, with Liverpool ahead of them on goal difference after a 4-1 defeat of West Ham.

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

"It was a great result for us. I thought it was a fantastic game. From start to finish we put in a real performance.

Beating Chelsea 'huge result' - Hughes

"We had to recover very quickly from the disappointment of going behind in the game. I thought we showed real character and we stuck at it.

"Chelsea gave us a little bit of a runaround in the first half and we had to hang on in there, but that's what we did.

"In the second half I thought we were excellent, and the two goals we scored were absolutely outstanding.

"It was another blow having got our noses in front to concede almost immediately. That was a test of character as well but we stuck at it.

"From our point of view it's a huge result because we've set our standards today and we need to maintain them."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 06 Whelan (Palacios - 86' )
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 12 Wilson
  • 19 Walters Booked (Assaidi - 84' Booked )
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 25 Crouch Booked
  • 16 Adam (Ireland - 18' Booked )
  • 10 Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • 07 Pennant
  • 08 Palacios
  • 09 Jones
  • 24 Assaidi
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 32 Ireland

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 12 Mikel (Lampard - 70' )
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry Booked
  • 14 Schürrle (Eto'o - 70' )
  • 07 Ramires
  • 09 Torres (Ba - 59' )
  • 10 Mata
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 05 Essien
  • 08 Lampard
  • 15 De Bruyne
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 29 Eto'o
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 25,154

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

3 6

Corners

5 2

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 3, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +5:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 3, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +0:41

Hand ball by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

90:00 +0:15 Booking

Booking Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

89:57 Booking

Booking Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

89:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Chelsea 2. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

86:24

Foul by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

86:24

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Wilson Palacios replaces Glenn Whelan.

84:42 Booking

Booking John Terry (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Jonathan Walters.

82:21 Booking

Booking Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

81:31

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:13

Demba Ba (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:13

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

79:34 Booking

Booking Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

79:25

John Terry (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:25

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

78:40

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

77:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:13

Delay in match Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) because of an injury.

76:46

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:46

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

76:17

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:17

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

75:24

Attempt missed. Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

74:31

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ramires.

71:13

Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:13

Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).

69:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Frank Lampard replaces John Obi Mikel.

69:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o replaces Andre Schürrle.

67:57

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:57

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

66:52

Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch.

60:25

Demba Ba (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:25

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

59:39

Hand ball by Demba Ba (Chelsea).

58:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Demba Ba replaces Fernando Torres.

58:03

Attempt saved. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

57:13

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

56:44

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

56:09

Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Fernando Torres.

56:06

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramires.

53:29

Foul by Juan Mata (Chelsea).

53:29

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Chelsea 2. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

52:05

Attempt missed. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a set piece situation.

51:44

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:44

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

50:54

Offside, Stoke City. Peter Crouch tries a through ball, but Stephen Ireland is caught offside.

49:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Chelsea 1. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

48:45

Attempt missed. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

47:56

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 1, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +1:50

Attempt blocked. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

45:00 +1:11

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

45:00 +1:11

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Chelsea 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross following a corner.

40:55

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ramires.

40:00

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

39:53

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

37:59

Attempt saved. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

37:00

Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic with a cross.

32:22

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

32:22

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:41

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:41

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

29:09

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

28:42

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.

22:13

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

22:13

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:49

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

20:49

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:34

Attempt blocked. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

17:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Stephen Ireland replaces Charlie Adam because of an injury.

17:27

Delay in match Charlie Adam (Stoke City) because of an injury.

17:02

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

15:28

Attempt saved. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

14:53

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:53

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

10:59

Offside, Stoke City. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Ryan Shawcross is caught offside.

10:32

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:32

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

9:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 0, Chelsea 1. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

8:14

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

8:14

Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:51

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:51

Foul by Andre Schürrle (Chelsea).

4:12

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Andre Schürrle.

3:41

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

3:41

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:53

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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