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Summary

  1. Costa heads Chelsea winner from Azpilicueta cross
  2. Blues record 11th straight league win
  3. Conte's side certain to be top at Christmas

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

That is that.

So, a nine-point lead for Chelsea. Big difference from this time last year eh?

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'We can improve'

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Chelsea

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "The run is fantastic. Congratulations to my players, not me. I am pleased for them because they deserve this. I see every single moment, every day. It is commitment, the way we prepare for the game and the way they fight. I am pleased for the fans who are fantastic home and away and who push us.

"We can improve though. You can always improve in different aspects. I am pleased with this level we have reached and with work we can improve. It is important to understand we are only at the 17th game in the season. There are two games before the half way. We are working very well and are in a good position. We must not look at he table and continue. We must not look at our rivals and continue work hard ourselves.

"We have reached a good balance between offence and defence. In some moments, our goalkeeper has been decisive. We dominated the last game but Thibaut made a fantastic save. After last season when he conceded lots of goals, this season is very well for him. We offend and defend as a team.

"It is a pity. Diego Costa's yellow card, I don't know if he deserved it. It happened and now we try a different solution. Diego and N'Golo Kante are important players for us. The next game is at home and we need our fans to push us."

Conte celebrates
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'I take heart from the last two performances'

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "We are showing in the last two games what we have shown most of the year. A strong performance but they did not give us anything. That was a good as defensive display we have seen. Once we conceded, it was very difficult. It is a shame because we had some good chances in the first half.

"We could not get Wilfried Zaha isolated. We kept the ball and passed it well, but they final pass was very difficult. For our offensive players, it was the toughest game they have had. This team is not getting what it is deserves, that will change.

"We have all come up against this system before but it is with outstanding players. They ask questions and do not make errors. N'Golo Kante gives so much energy like he had at Leicester and fills holes which goes unnoticed.

"You don't really expect a centre-half to have the quality, it was a Cesc Fabregas-type ball for the goal. It was a crucial goal before half time like Manchester United scored. It is about points now, we are up against teams in and around us. I take heart from the last two performances. We deserved something."

Alan Pardew
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Jon Moss update

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Referee Jon Moss has now shown 58 yellow cards in the Premier League season.

He is now two behind Bobby Madley.

Madley is at Sunderland v Watford. Expect him to come out fighting, not literally because he'd have to award himself a red.

Jon Moss hands out a yellow card
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

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Catch up with the build-up and team news here.

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Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann: "The positives are for everyone to see. We came up against a top team, top of the league and we deserved to get something out of the game. we showed togetherness and commitment and if we continue that, we will start picking up points.

"We more than matches them for the majority of the game but they showed their quality for the goal.

"We have come up against two top teams this week and shown resilience. Hopefully, we will turn a corner."

Scott Dann
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'Organised and enjoying it'

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Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta: "A massive three points for us.

"It is a new position for me, but since we have changed the formation, we have worked on it every week. I am really happy with the win and the table.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill: "It has been the same way for us the last two games and was an important win today.

"I don't know how I have not scored. My eyes lit up and i was thinking more about the celebration.

"We feel very confident. Physically, we are in good shape and fantastic players are in top form. We are organised and enjoying it."

Gary Cahill
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Tatenda Chakaduka: Dear Santa Claus, can Chelsea please stop winning; yours A Man United fan. PS: I was a good boy this year.

Waѕiyullah Budye: What a performance! Is there any team who can stop Chelsea? They seems like in their own league. Costa is machine!

Victor Ajeyomi: Conte's Chelsea are playing @ the business end of the league. Getting the job done albeit with low scores much like Fergie's 

'Palace need to get back on track'

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Palace looked one dimensional at times.  

In the second half they were more direct into Benteke but you want more from Zaha, Puncheon and Townsend. 

Palace need to get back on track because they could be dragged into that relegation zone.

'0-1 flattered Palace'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

11 wins out of 11, magnificent form from Chelsea.

The endeavour was there for Palace. It was only 1-0 but it could have been a lot, lot more. 

Defensively Chelsea were outstanding. 1-0 flattered Palace.

FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

That's a club record-equalling 11th successive win for Chelsea.

Blues boss Antonio Conte goes over to kiss goalscorer Diego Costa, who has a small round plaster on his face.

Conte then goes over to celebrate with his other players.

What now for Palace boss Alan Pardew - eighth league loss in 11 games. Not good.

Will he survive Xmas? 

Conte celebrates
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Ed Quoththeraven: No shame in losing to Chelsea by 1 goal but Palace lose to everybody. Enough is enough. Time up for Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Good: Townsend gets the free-kick over the wall.

Bad: It lands in Croydon.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Foolish free-kick to give away by Cesc Fabregas. And a yellow.

He catches Scott Dann who tried to turn him, about 30 yards out.

Andros Townsend to take it....

Booking for Fabregas
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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

Costa has not had a lot of efforts today but he took his goal brilliantly.

He has occupied the defenders, won fouls and been aggressive. 

Costa has been Costa. A top class centre-forward performance. 

Costa applauds crowd
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STOPPAGE TIME

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We have five of those.

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi is on for Diego Costa who is now suspended for the Boxing Day match against Bournemouth.

That's turkey for Diego.

Costa subbed
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