Chelsea suffered their worst result of the season on Saturday evening as they were beaten by Bouremouth at Stamford Bridge.
Glenn Murray headed home a scrappy winner in the 82nd minute, moments after coming on as a substitute.
The result was not a huge surprise based on the run of play. Bournemouth had 15 shots – just four fewer than Chelsea, who were extremely open in defence.
Jose Mourinho’s men, who are now 17 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City and just two above 17th-placed Bournemouth, looked extremely vulnerable to the counter-attack in the first half.
Josh King twice came close to giving the Cherries the lead during the opening 45 minutes, but Thibaut Courtois – making his first Blues appearance since August – was on top form to keep his side level.
Chelsea piled forward after the interval, but they lacked composure in attack.
It felt almost as though the Blues would need to be awarded a penalty if they were to break the deadlock, or perhaps a free kick for the in-form Willian.
There was no such luck for the hosts, although Diego Costa, who had replaced Oscar at half time, appealed for a spot kick when the ball struck Simon Francis on the arm in the 62nd minute.
Referee Mike Jones was adamant that no offence had taken place.
Costa was furious and, unsurprisingly, Mourinho opted to blame Mr Jones for his side’s failure to beat Eddie Howe’s underdogs.
Chelsea were stunned by Murray’s deadlock-breaker. The Blues poured forward in search of an equaliser, but it was Bournemouth who came closest to scoring a second goal.
Harry Arter forced Courtois into his fourth save of the night in stoppage time.
When the final whistle came, it was greeted by a chorus of boos from the disgusted home fans. However, those boos were drowned out by the screams of delight coming from the away end.
Mourinho shook hands with Bournemouth boss Howe and then raced down the tunnel. He looked very much like a man under serious pressure.
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