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Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth

Sports Mole looks back at who impressed during Bournemouth's famous 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Glenn Murray scored less than two minutes after coming off the bench to earn Bournemouth a famous 1-0 win over fallen champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues called Artur Boruc into action on six occasions in total, but they struggled to create any clear-cut openings in another frail attacking display.

In the end it was left to substitute Murray to bundle the ball over the line, having seen his side sit back and soak up opposition pressure for much of the second half.

Here, Sports Mole takes a look back at who stood out across the 90 minutes of action.


Chelsea's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (R) heads the ball over the bar during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2015.© Getty Images

CHELSEA

Goal

Thibaut Courtois: Produced two fine saves in the first half to earn some early plaudits on his return to the Chelsea team following a three-month absence. Questions will be asked of his failure to clear the ball at the corner which Murray scored from, though. (6/10)

Defence

Branislav Ivanovic: Still badly struggling for form, particularly up against players eager to get in behind. Stanislas gave him a really tough evening. (5/10)

Kurt Zouma: Some bright moments but will be hugely disappointed by the manner in which Chelsea conceded late on. The Blues need their injured skipper in the heart of defence. (5/10)

Gary Cahill: One moment of madness aside when passing the ball straight to Arter, Cahill produced a couple of decent challengers to prevent the Cherries from scoring earlier than they did. (6/10)

Baba Rahman: Chosen over Cesar Azpilicueta for this one, the full-back swung in a couple of delightful crosses in quick succession but was caught out at the back on one occasion in particular. (5/10)

Midfield

Willian: There is a regular theme developing here, as Willian once again proved to be his side's most lively performer. Nobody could capitalise on his numerous crosses, however. (7/10)

Nemanja Matic: A long, long way off the destructive defensive midfielder we saw so often last season. Could have redeemed himself at one stage only to head over at the back post. (5/10)

Cesc Fabregas: It was a similar case for midfield partner Fabregas, who also struggled to make the impact that we became so accustomed to seeing 12 months ago. (5/10)

Oscar: Got on the end of some half-chances in the first half, failed to take them and did not re-emerge for the second half. A January move may be on the cards. (4/10)

Pedro: Had a couple of bright moments, with one curling shot in particular forcing Boruc into making a diving save. Not enough of those inspirational moments, though, which has been the case far too often this season. (5/10)

Attack

Eden Hazard: Fielded as Chelsea's most advanced player for the second week running. Looked far more at ease when moved back to his favoured role, testing Boruc a couple of times. Now gone 25 games without a goal. (7/10)

Substitutes

Diego Costa: Brought on at half time and did provide something a little different up top. Popped up in promising positions but is perhaps lacking in confidence which told. (6/10)

Bertrand Traore: introduced at left-back immediately after Bournemouth scored, yet the strange move did not pay off. (4/10)

Loic Remy: Also brought on with just seven minutes remaining. Incredibly harsh treatment of the striker, who was overlooked once again today in favour of an out-of-position midfield teammate. (5/10)


Bournemouth's English striker Glenn Murray (R) celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2015.

BOURNEMOUTH

Goal

Artur Boruc: Gave his side a big boost pre-match thanks to his return to the squad. Produced a couple of big stops in the first half and remained strong following the restart. (8/10)

Defence

Adam Smith: An extremely hard-working performance from the full-back, who also produced heroics in attack against Everton last weekend. (7/10)

Simon Francis: Arguably Bournemouth's Man of the Match, pulling off six successful clearances and two tackles in wide areas. The Cherries defender also won three aerial duals, two interceptions and completed a couple of take-ons just for good measure. (8/10)

Steve Cook: Almost allowed Matic in at one point in the second half, but credit to him for regaining his composure and keeping just a second shutout of the term. (7/10)

Charlie Daniels: Caught in possession a couple of times, yet he can almost be let off for that thanks to his bursts forward to help out in advanced areas. (7/10)

Midfield

Matt Ritchie: This was mainly a performance about defensive grit, although he did carve out an opening late on which he was unlucky to send inches wide. (8/10)

Dan Gosling: Stuck to his task well and did more than his fair share to keep Chelsea's attackers at bay. Powered back at one stage in the second half to deny Willian after being caught out high up the pitch. (7/10)

Andrew Surman: Remained very strong in midfield in an attempt to prevent the hosts from overrunning his side. Chelsea were on top for large parts of the second half, yet it was very much job done for the Cherries in this department. (8/10)

Harry Arter: Bournemouth's tactics in the first half were clear to see, as they looked to harry the Blues high up the field. Arter was the key to this, robbing his opponents of the ball on a couple of occasions. (8/10)

Junior Stanislas: Gave Ivanovic plenty of problems and was in the right place at the right time for a couple of chances. Will maybe be upset not to have scored, but he certainly played his part in this win regardless. (7/10)

Attack

Josh King: Like Stanislas, King also got into some good positions in the first half without being able to take advantage. Mattered little in the end, however, and he also led the line well. (7/10)

Substitutes

Glenn Murray: Just the one sub made by Eddie Howe, who was reluctant to bring on fresh legs despite players seemingly tiring. Proved to be an inspired choice when he did eventually roll the dice, though, as Murray scored the only goal just 99 seconds after coming on. (8/10)


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Bournemouth's English manager Eddie Howe celebrates winning after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge in London on December 5, 2015.
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