Sunderland 1 Chelsea 2: Villas-Boas hails ‘deserved’ victory

Chelsea manager thrilled to see his side click into gear as they took all three points at the Stadium of Light

Premier League, 10 September 2011, Stadium of Light
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Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas believes the Blues were fully deserving of their victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

John Terry and Daniel Sturridge netted either side of the break to give the Londoners their third straight Premier League win before Ji Dong-Won stroked home a late consolation for Steve Bruce’s men in stoppage time.

Speaking after the game, Villas-Boas hailed his side’s united display. He said: “Today it went very well for us in terms of what we want to achieve.

“Not that we haven’t tried to do it before but it just didn’t happen in the other three games.

“Fortunately today we were able to do the passing which relates more to the way we train and the team played very well.

“The goal of course is avoidable but we can only say that Chelsea deserved to win. We were very consistent in the first-half and I am happy with everybody.

“The result in the first-half fell a little bit short, we could have gone into the dressing room with a better result but again we managed to score early in the second-half to take three important points.”

Captain Terry fired Chelsea into the lead after 17 minutes when the centre-half’s deflected shot from a tight angle found its way into the back of the net.

Sturridge, preferred to £50m striker Fernando Torres as Villas-Boas dropped the Spaniard to the bench on Saturday, then put the Blues two to the good with an outrageous flicked finish past Simon Mignolet four minutes after the break.

Sunderland then pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Dong-Won but the Londoners held on to seal their third top flight win of the season and stay within touching distance of early pace-setters Manchester City.

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