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Summary

  1. Costa bends in sublime long-range effort
  2. Hazard drills in low through Forster at the near post
  3. Austin has goal dissallowed for offside in second half

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte

The only way is up for Chelsea? Possibly. They have moved back to fourth, a point adrift of leaders Manchester City, after rediscovering their swagger under Antonio Conte.

If you've missed any of this weekend's action then make sure you tune into Match of the Day 2 later on. BBC One, 10:30 BST. Be there.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

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Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso, talking to BBC Sport: "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We played a great game. 

"I’m very happy with the performance of the team. The team is defending very well. We needed help from the three men at the top and they did today. Starting from striker to goalkeeper, we’re doing a great job defensively.

"We are winning and playing well. Both goals were amazing. With the players we have up there, we will always create chances and score goals. It’s amazing how tight things are at the top of the table."

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

For all their huff and puff, Southampton were pretty tame in front of goal. Just one shot at goal - as illustrated by this graphic - when Dusan Tadic forced Thibaut Courtois into saving his first-half free-kick.

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The perfect game - Conte

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told BBC Sport: “I’m pleased with the game. When we have the right balance, it’s good. This is the fourth game we win without conceding a goal in a row. It’s fantastic. The confidence increases. We can continue to work very hard.

“We knew today was a test against a strong side in good shape and form. It’s important to win games like this, people can increase their confidence and will to work and trust in the work.

“But that’s the past and we must concentrate on the next game against a good team like Everton. But today there is great satisfaction at the result and performance.

“We created many chances. It’s the perfect game when strikers score and defenders don’t concede. The players deserved this, they work hard in training.

“When you see this type of game and commitment from your players, it’s fantastic for a coach.”

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis, talking to BBC Sport: "Chelsea were very well organised, it was difficult to play against. 

"We're frustrated because we had a decent amount of possession without breaking them down. They were clinical as well."

Stat attack

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Diego Costa has reached 40 Premier League goals in 64 games, the sixth fastest player to do so and seven games faster than it took Sergio Aguero to reach the same figure.

We need to improve - Conte

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm very happy after this performance. I saw great commitment, work rate – with the ball and without it. 

"Our fans were fantastic from the first minute until the end. I want to thank them – we won this game together, the players and the supporters.

"For the fourth game we keep a clean sheet. It’s fantastic. Also we scored two goals and created many chances. We are working very hard. 

"It’s early for us to speak about title contenders. We have to work very hard to continue. We can improve a lot. We must improve. After the first part of the season, I can tell more about this run."

Hot Hazard

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Eden Hazard, while mainly operating down the left flank, was a threat from all over the pitch today. He bagged one and set up the other as he scored and assisted in the same Premier League game for the first time since April 2015 against Stoke.

He also had more shots on target and made more key passes than any other player on the pitch.  Fully deserving of his man of the match bubbly.

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Chelsea's poor season last year 'down to Jose'

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker on 6-0-6 football phone-in

The players probably didn't want to do it for Jose - if you look at the way they're playing this season.

I think it was probably down to him last season. 

Title contenders?

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte laughs when he is asked if his side are now 'title contenders'. 

"Not yet, it's too early," claims the Italian. The rest of his words are coming up shortly...

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We played very well - Puel

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Southampton boss Claude Puel, talking to BBC Sport: "I think we played very well in the first half with so many possibilities and good play. 

"But it’s difficult to play against this team when you concede a goal after a few minutes. They can play their game with a strong defence and counter-attack. 

"We played very well in the first half. In the second we tried but after the second goal it was difficult – because my players were tired. 

"It was difficult to find solutions, it’s a disappointment because we tried to play good football. We can do better."

'Players downed tools with Jose'

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Ian Wright

Former Arsenal striker on 6-0-6 football phone-in

Chelsea looked very solid at the back today and going forward you look at Hazard and Costa. Victor Moses looks almost like a new signing - Conte has got him firing.

They took a season off last year I think. Players downed tools with Jose but they showed towards the end their quality and they're back under this new manager.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Some of your reactions to Chelsea's 2-0 win over Southampton...

LifaNati: Jose Mourinho must be wondering were Costa and Hazard were last season. if you cant stop those two then you can't stop Chelsea.

Wasiyullah Budye: Fourth consecutive clean sheet under 3-4-3 formation! Look out haters, Chelsea are back in business. Hazard Man of the Match for me.

Stanley Lau: Chelsea are unstoppable in this kind of form.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Southampton manager Claude Puel drops the old 'my players are tired' excuse into his post-match interview. 

But the Frenchman is also very complimentary about his old protege Eden Hazard. Full quotes to come...

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

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Chelsea's possession stats were greatly enhanced by some 'Ole' football in the last 15 minutes. But their attacking stats need no dressing up. Seven shots at goal compared to Southampton's one. It could have been 3-0 or 4-0...

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

My opinion, for what it is worth, is that Chelsea have put a marker down today. They're going to be serious players in this title race.

Rock-solid defending, pacy breaks, clinical finishing.

'No-one will run away with the league'

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill told Sky Sports: "Southampton's record at home is very good - we knew that. But we knew if we carried on our form, we’d cause them problems. We worked hard.

"Four wins in the league now, four clean sheets – we keep going.

"We need those types of [attacking star] players who can turn the game in a moment. It’s a pleasure to have these guys in the side.

"It’s too early in terms of any team talking about winning the league but its important to stay near the top.

"We want to be up and among it. I can’t see anyone running away with it this season."

It's tight at the top

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

'Exactly what Chelsea would have wanted'

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Chelsea fully deserved the win. They negated a very good side in Southampton.

There must be something in the air because Costa is hugging everyone - not just his own team. It just shows the togetherness of those players and the job they've done. It was a really, really good team performance. You have to take the context into account as well, Southampton are a very very good side. 

If you wrote the script beforehand, Chelsea would say that's exactly what they wanted to happen. 

Antonio Conte
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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

So Southampton's recent run comes to an end. That's their first Premier League defeat in six matches. They stay ninth.

'It's not like Southampton are a bad side'

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

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on BBC Radio 5 Live

I don’t think Courtois has made a save of note. That shows how good Chelsea’s defence have been because it’s not like Southampton are a bad side. 

FULL-TIME

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Fine time. Chelsea's players are full of smiles (even Diego Costa), their manager pulling a strange gurning face that indicates he is happy.

The Blues are back up to fourth - just one point behind leaders Manchester City.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the Saints box, close to the left byeline. They have no intention of trying to get a third on this occasion. Eden Hazard goes backwards and within 10 seconds it is at Thibaut Courtois' feet.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea still fancy a third. Nemanja Matic's cheeky backheel finds Willian, who drills wide.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

The home stands are emptying quicker than a nightclub when the lights come on. Jose Fonte shanks a pass out of play - and that sums Southampton's afternoon. Three minutes of stoppage time.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea waste a few more seconds with a switch. Goalscorer Diego Costa is removed - again to a standing ovation from the away fans - with Michy Batshuayi given a late opportunity.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

'Ole!' football from the visitors now. The away end greets every pass with a huge cheer as Chelsea knock the ball around in midfield.

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Chelsea running down the clock with another change. Off goes Victor Moses - to a well deserved standing ovation - on comes the more defensively-minded Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea are bolting up the door.

Title race will be decided by defending

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker on BBC Radio 5 live

You almost get the feeling that it’s going to be who defends best that wins the Premier League - they can all score goals.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Goal! No. Charlie Austin tucks in a cross from the left - the flag is raised. The Southampton striker just went a fraction too early.

Charlie Austin
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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

I want whatever Victor Moses has been drinking in recent weeks. He's been revitalised. The newly-discovered wing-back dances in from the right, launching a fierce drive that Fraser Forster beats away unconvincingly.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

This has turned into a keep ball exercise for Chelsea now. Running down the clock.

Has Conte's 3-4-3 system changed the shape of the title race?

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Has Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 system transformed Chelsea's title chances? A win today will take them within a point of top-of-the-table Manchester City.  

Dave Local: Chelsea look very focused and solid at the back, something they totally lacked last season.

Jose Akinlabi: Chelsea are now so brilliant in defence and sting on the counter with Conte's magical 3-4-3.

Aaron Trowse: David Luiz since the system change to 3-4-3 has been an absolute revelation. Long may it continue.

Have your say at #bbcfootball on Twitter.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

If Saints are going to set up a grandstand finish then they'd better get a move on. No sign of one yet.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

And Chelsea decide to make a change too. Pedro's day is done, Willian comes on.

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Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

Double trouble for Chelsea? Saints hope so. They throw on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sam McQueen for Ryan Bertrand and Dusan Tadic.

Southampton 0-2 Chelsea

That set-piece is dealt with comfortably by the visitors. And there's plenty of activity on the touchline...