Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha scored the first for Crystal Palace in its 2-1 win at Chelsea.
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha scored the first for Crystal Palace in its 2-1 win at Chelsea. Alastair Grant

Palace shocks Chelsea to give chasers some hope

FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his players must look forward and not dwell on a shock defeat to Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.

The Blues went 1-0 up after five minutes through Cesc Fabregas but goals from Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke in the space of three minutes put the Eagles in front and the strugglers held on for a much-needed 2-1 win to boost their own survival hopes.

Chelsea's defeat and Spurs' 2-0 win at Burnley, means the gap at the top of the ladder is now seven points with nine games remaining for the top two.

Conte was philospical in defeat, his side's first loss at Stamford Bridge since September and said his team must now concentrate on the next clash against Manchester City on Thursday morning (AEST).

"This is football. We must accept this result," the Italian said.

"We scored our goal after five minutes and then we conceded two in a few minutes. When you concede goals in that way you must understand the situation and improve on these mistakes.

"In every game in England, anything can happen. The league is so strong. We faced a team today with strong players. I think they showed they were a good team.

"Now we have to think about the next game. If we had won we would have been happy but now it's important to focus on Manchester City."

Spurs dominated for long periods at Turf Moor and were rewarded with goals from Eric Dier and Son Heung-min n the second half to earn the points.

Liverpool moved to third, 10 points behind the leaders, with a 3-1 success over Everton at Anfield.

Juergen Klopp became the first Reds manager to win his first three Merseyside derbies as his side won with goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi, with Matthew Pennington replying for Everton.

Manchester United failed to capitalise on Chelsea's slip in a goalless draw at Old Trafford with West Bromwich Albion.

Sunderland's prospects of survival look bleak, meanwhile, with a 1-0 defeat at Watford.

Miguel Britos' first goal for the Hornets kept the Black Cats rooted to the bottom and they are now seven points from safety.

Hull City's chances of beating the drop received a boost, however, as the Tigers came from behind to defeat West Ham 2-1.

Craig Shakespeare's extraordinary start to management at Leicester City continued as the champions beat Stoke City 2-0 with goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Jamie Vardy.

Victory meant that Shakespeare has become the first British manager ever to win his first four top-flight league games in the Premier League era.

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