John Terry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea beat Everton to retain their advantage at the top of the Premier League.

Blues captain Terry slid in with goalkeeper Tim Howard to meet Frank Lampard's inswinging free-kick, denying Everton a fully deserved point against their lacklustre hosts.

Neither side created many clear chances but the Toffees looked sharper for much of the game, only to lose out in agonising fashion.

Chelsea 1-0 Everton: Late goal was best time to score - Jose Mourinho

The league leaders lacked cohesion, despite a promising opening and a marked improvement in the final stages.

But the victory, their 12th in 14 home league games this season, means they are one point clear of Arsenal and three points ahead of Manchester City, though the latter have one game in hand.

Everton's hopes of ending Jose Mourinho's remarkable home league record, which now stands at 74 games unbeaten as Blues manager, were dealt a blow in the warm-up.

Lacina Traore had to be replaced in the starting line-up because of a hamstring injury, but the change seemed to unnerve the hosts more.

The fit-again Terry, Gary Cahill and their defensive colleagues struggled to deal with Everton's movement and lack of an out-and-out striker.

Analysis

"Chelsea left it late but got there in the end to leave Everton frustrated after a good performance which deserved better. Another three points for Chelsea but this was a less than dominant display."

Traore's stand-in Steven Naismith, a scorer in both his past two games against the Blues - including the winner at Goodison Park in September, impressed while Leon Osman and Kevin Mirallas also caught the eye.

But for all their fine build-up play, they did not regularly test goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Mirallas mis-kicked a great chance and also had a deflected effort go wide, while Phil Jagielka glanced a header off target.

The closest they came before the break was when Osman forced a stunning tip-over from Cech with a fierce 20-yard strike.

Chelsea, with Eden Hazard again their main threat, were disjointed and sloppy in possession for the majority of the first period, though Samuel Eto'o threatened on several occasions and Willian had a couple of tame shots easily dealt with.

Result is hard to take - Martinez

But the hosts lacked conviction and it was no surprise when a frustrated Mourinho changed things at the break.

Ramires replaced the ineffective and injured Oscar, and his introduction led to a slight improvement, but still little in the way of goal threat.

Branislav Ivanovic had a powerful close-range half-volley beaten away, and Hazard and Willian had attempts at goal.

At the other end Cech had to make a brilliant diving reaction save to keep out an Osman shot that took a nick off Mirallas.

But just as Everton, who have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1994, seemed to have withstood a period of late pressure, Lampard's beautifully struck set-piece allowed Terry to earn his side victory.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 21 Matic
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 22 Willian (Torres - 62' )
  • 08 Lampard
  • 29 Eto'o (Schürrle - 69' )
  • 11 Oscar Booked (Ramires - 45' )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 03 Cole
  • 07 Ramires
  • 09 Torres
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 15 Salah
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry Booked
  • 06 Jagielka Booked
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (Deulofeu - 75' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 14 Naismith
  • 21 Osman (Barkley - 63' )
  • 22 Pienaar (McGeady - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 07 McGeady
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 20 Barkley
  • 26 Stones
  • 29 Garbutt
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 41,580

Match Stats

Shots

25 8

On target

8 2

Corners

8 8

Fouls

15 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chelsea 1, Everton 0.

90:00 +5:47 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Everton 0.

90:00 +5:17

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Frank Lampard.

90:00 +4:34

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:34

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

90:00 +2:26 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Tim Howard, Everton. Chelsea 1, Everton 0.

90:00 +1:40 Booking

Booking Phil Jagielka (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:35

Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

90:00 +1:35

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

89:05

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

88:50

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

88:50

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

88:02

Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

87:02

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

87:02

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:24

Delay in match Steven Naismith (Everton) because of an injury.

84:35

Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.

83:00

Attempt missed. Andre Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

82:11

Attempt missed. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

81:46 Booking

Booking Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:42

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

81:42

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:34

Offside, Chelsea. John Terry tries a through ball, but Frank Lampard is caught offside.

79:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Steven Pienaar.

77:04

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

77:04

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

76:08

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

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

74:14

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:14

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

72:04

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

72:04

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

70:33

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:33

Dangerous play by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

68:48 Substitution

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

68:36

Sylvain Distin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:36

Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).

67:19

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:19

Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

66:47

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

66:47

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

66:21

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

64:23

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

64:23

Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:31

Offside, Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

62:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Leon Osman.

62:09

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:09

Foul by Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea).

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Willian.

60:04

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:02

Attempt saved. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

60:00

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

59:57

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

59:32

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

59:12

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

58:14

Offside, Everton. Phil Jagielka tries a through ball, but Sylvain Distin is caught offside.

58:10

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

57:40

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Petr Cech.

57:38

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

54:31

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

51:56

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

50:53

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

50:53

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

50:15

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Naismith.

49:51

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

49:26

Attempt blocked. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

49:23

Attempt saved. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard with a through ball.

49:03

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

49:03

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

45:24

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:24

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

45:00

Second Half begins Chelsea 0, Everton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Ramires replaces Oscar.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chelsea 0, Everton 0.

45:00 +1:42

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:42

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

45:00 +1:07

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oscar.

45:00 +0:32

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

45:00 +0:05

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leon Osman with a headed pass.

43:47

Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

42:37

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:37

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

41:38

Foul by Steven Pienaar (Everton).

41:38

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

40:18

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

39:46

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

39:45

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

38:13

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

37:12

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Willian.

36:08

Attempt saved. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

35:24

Offside, Everton. Gareth Barry tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

33:01

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

32:36

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

32:05

Attempt missed. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

28:42

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

28:40

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

22:57

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:57

Foul by Frank Lampard (Chelsea).

20:57

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:57

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

17:01

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

17:01

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

16:34

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

16:33

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith with a cross.

15:37

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

15:37

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:40

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

11:56

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Petr Cech.

11:54

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

8:54 Booking

Booking Oscar (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:34

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

8:34

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:52

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

7:50

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

6:37

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

6:37

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:46

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

2:54

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:54

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

1:21

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Leon Osman.

0:54

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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