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Free kick awarded for a foul by Nascimento Ramires on James Ward-Prowse. Morgan Schneiderlin restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires by Luke Shaw results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Nascimento Ramires.
The ball is delivered by Cesar Azpilicueta, blocked by Daniel Fox.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Nascimento Ramires. Nascimento Ramires takes the free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Eden Hazard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morgan Schneiderlin shown a yellow card. Frank Lampard produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the indirect free kick.
Steven Davis leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Fox.
The ball is sent over by Victor Moses, Luke Shaw gets a block in.
Rickie Lambert goes into the book.
Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Jos Hooiveld results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, Jay Rodriguez gets a block in.
Rickie Lambert handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.
Fernando Torres challenges Maya Yoshida unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fernando Torres booked. Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Emboaba Oscar. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
The ball is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne.
Ryan Bertrand fouled by Jay Rodriguez, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Mikel leaves the field to be replaced by Nascimento Ramires.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Rickie Lambert. Mikel takes the free kick.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Eden Hazard misses to the right of the target.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Davis, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Jos Hooiveld misses to the right of the target.
Luke Shaw takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Corner taken short by Victor Moses.
The ball is crossed by Cesar Azpilicueta, clearance by Jack Cork.
Corner taken by Steven Davis played to the near post, Close range header by Jay Rodriguez misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Frank Lampard. Free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.
(Southampton) makes a substitution, with James Ward-Prowse coming on for Jason Puncheon.
Effort from the edge of the box by Jack Cork goes wide of the right-hand upright. Marko Marin leaves the field to be replaced by Eden Hazard.
Victor Moses takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis. Corner taken short by Marko Marin.
Morgan Schneiderlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres. Fernando Torres takes the free kick.
Centre by Nathaniel Clyne.
The offside flag is raised against Rickie Lambert. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Marko Marin takes a shot. Blocked by Maya Yoshida.
The referee blows for offside against Frank Lampard. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Marko Marin, Jay Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Jason Puncheon results in a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Headed effort from inside the area by Jos Hooiveld misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw by Cesar Azpilicueta. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
Kelvin Davis comes on in place of Artur Boruc.
The ball is crossed by Jack Cork, John Terry makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta by Jay Rodriguez. Direct free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.
The referee blows for offside against Rickie Lambert. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Nathaniel Clyne crosses the ball, save made by Petr Cech.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Victor Moses is adjudged to have handled the ball. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Mikel from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Ryan Bertrand concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis. Rickie Lambert grabs a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Southampton 2-1 Chelsea.
Corner taken right-footed by Marko Marin from the right by-line, John Terry finds the net with a headed goal from just inside the area. Southampton 1-1 Chelsea.Assist by Marko Marin.
The official flags Ryan Bertrand offside. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Steven Davis results in a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Emboaba Oscar from the left by-line to the near post, Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.
Handball decision goes against Fernando Torres. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Jay Rodriguez gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Steven Davis.
Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Jack Cork takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Jack Cork on Victor Moses, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line.
Rickie Lambert sends in a cross, Emboaba Oscar gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by John Terry.
The ball is crossed by Nathaniel Clyne, blocked by Ryan Bertrand.
Jason Puncheon delivers the ball, clearance made by John Terry.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line, clearance made by Mikel.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Corner taken by Marko Marin from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Luke Shaw.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Frank Lampard gets a block in.
Marko Marin takes the outswinging corner, Jay Rodriguez makes a clearance.
Centre by Victor Moses.
Steven Davis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Cork not bitter over lack of chance at Chelsea
Chelsea academy graduate Jack Cork can understand his former club's reluctance to blood young talent - but believes it could cost them in the long run.
Like so many others, the midfielder, who joined the Blues aged nine, impressed in the youth and reserve teams but never got a chance in the first team.
Cork was instead farmed out to six different clubs on loan before permanently leaving Chelsea to link up with Southampton two years ago.
The 23-year-old will line up against his boyhood club at the end of a week in which Frank Arnesen, the Blues' former chief scout and director of youth development, accused the west Londoners of failing to give youngsters like Cork a chance.
"We had quite a good team, especially when Frank was there and Brendan Rodgers was doing the youth and reserve teams," Saints midfielder Cork said.
"We had a good set of young players that have all gone onto play quite a high standard now so it would have been interesting to see where they would be if they had been given a chance.
"But at the same time, that was a time when Chelsea were doing really well in every competition they were involved in so I can understand why nobody was really given a chance."
That lack of opportunity meant a number of players slipped through the net, with the likes of Fabio Borini, Miroslav Stoch and Nemanja Matic flourishing only after leaving Stamford Bridge.
It has also delayed the development of some players, with Josh McEachran this week admitting his career had stalled before his season-long loan to Middlesbrough.
"You could say Josh is in the same position I was in and is playing his games," Cork said.
"It is frustrating when you're at a club like that and hope to play for them and you sort of wish you would be there.
"In reality, it is always going to be hard with the managers coming in and changing. There is always a lot of pressure on them so it is always going to be hard to blood in the youngsters.
"I can understand what Josh is saying, but you get some great experiences being around some of the best players in the world."
Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jos Hooiveld are all dealing with knocks and will be assessed, although manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes they will all be fit to feature.
Vegard Forren could make his Saints debut having started Norway's World Cup qualifier against Albania.
Petr Cech has warned Chelsea that Southampton are the most dangerous they have been all season following the arrival of Pochettino.
Chelsea thumped Southampton 5-1 at St Mary's Stadium in the FA Cup in January but less than two weeks later they blew a two-goal lead as the Saints claimed a point at Stamford Bridge.
That proved to be Nigel Adkins' last day in the charge of Southampton and Cech has been impressed by the improvements Pochettino has made since his arrival.
The Chelsea keeper insisted the Blues cannot head to the south coast expecting another rout.
"In football, everything is different - you can have a first half that is completely different from the second half," Cech told cfc.com
"In the away game against Southampton we were very effective, taking our chances, and then at home we had a very good half - but the last half an hour of the game we allowed them to come back into it.
"You cannot do that in the Premier League.
"The teams are strong enough to grab the chance if you give it to them - everyone in the Premier League has that quality and will take it if you let them.
"They changed manager with Pochettino and they are more attacking, more organised with very good pressing which makes them more aggressive - and, in turn, more confident because of the success they've been having."
John Terry is available to manager Rafael Benitez - but his selection will be made with one eye on Monday's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Manchester United.
Benitez said it is "impossible" for players to peak twice in 48 hours so some rotation of the side is inevitable and Terry, after a season disrupted by a knee injury, is only likely to start one of them.
Chelsea's interim manager reported a clean bill of health following the international break and he is hopeful that Ramires (Achilles) and Gary Cahill (knee) could be fit for Monday.
Southampton 2-1 Chelsea: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Lamb roasts Blues
Rickie Lambert celebrated his new Southampton contract in some style by smashing home an exquisite free-kick to secure a 2-1 win over Chelsea.
The 31-year-old has established himself as a firm fans' favourite at St Mary's since joining from Bristol Rovers in August 2009 and has seen his stock rise considerably during his debut top-flight season.
Lambert was rewarded for his performances with a new deal until 2016 during the international break and repaid Southampton in spectacular fashion this afternoon.
Making his 500th career league appearance, the Liverpudlian curled home a spectacular 25-yard free-kick to rack up his 14th league goal of the campaign - more than any other English player in the Premier League.
Saints had gone ahead through another in-form striker, Jay Rodriguez, who collected a neat one-two from Steven Davis before slotting home in the 23rd minute.
John Terry was allowed to level unmarked from a corner 10 minutes later, only for Saints to hit back immediately through Lambert's fine strike.
Chelsea peppered the Southampton goal throughout the second half but were unable to find a way past substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, leading to a defeat that drops Rafael Benitez's side to fourth.
The west Londoners made no fewer than seven changes and struggled to get a foothold on proceedings early on.
Rodriguez got Southampton's first shot away after less than two minutes and was proving a thorn in the visitors' side early on.
The #6million summer signing has looked rejuvenated since Mauricio Pochettino arrived and his new-found confidence was epitomised by a fantastic dink over Terry's head on the halfway line, before bursting through on goal and testing Petr Cech.
Rodriguez should instead have perhaps played the ball out wide to Jason Puncheon, who soon threatened himself, only to be denied by the onrushing Cech.
Chelsea were struggling to cope with Southampton's attacking intent and Nathaniel Clyne, linked this week with a move to Stamford Bridge, saw a cross-shot blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.
Lambert saw his follow-up thwarted but it did not take long for the hosts to get the opener they deserved.
Rodriguez collected the ball after neat team play and play a fine one-two with Steven Davis, before slotting past Cech.
But while Chelsea were far from their best, they were also proving a threat on the counter.
That tactic almost paid dividends when a Maya Yoshida mishap put Fernando Torres through on goal. The Spaniard showed good poise and skill to delicately chip the ball past Artur Boruc, only for his goal to be chalked off for a handball in the build-up.
The disallowed goal kicked off a period of Chelsea dominance and, after Victor Moses saw a cross-shot deflect behind off Luke Shaw, they snatched a 33rd-minute leveler.
Marko Marin sent in the resulting corner and kamikaze defending allowed captain Terry to head home unmarked from six yards.
Chelsea were level for less than two minutes, though, thanks to a moment of magic from Lambert.
After Steven Davis was fouled by Ryan Bertrand, the 31-year-old stepped up to fire home a thunderous 25-yard free-kick into Cech's top-right hand corner.
Saints continued to press as the half came to a close and returned for the second period in similarly-impressive fashion, with Clyne testing Cech at his near post moments after the restart.
Chelsea, though, were an improved outfit going forward and Kelvin Davis, on at the break for the injured Boruc, saved a Frank Lampard strike well at his near post.
Clyne blocked a Marin effort as the west Londoners continued to knock on the door, with Kelvin Davis doing fantastically to tip a deflected Moses cross onto the bar and over.
Eden Hazard was introduced as Chelsea searched for another goal as play swung from end to end, with Rodriguez heading over before Jack Cork stopped Lampard.
Moses saw claims for a penalty against Yoshida waved away either side of efforts from Rodriguez and Shaw, before substitute James Ward-Prowse saw a squared ball to Steven Davis cleared at the last.
Anti-Benitez chants echoed around the ground as the 3,181 away supporters' frustrations heightened, with Hazard unfortunate to see a strike fly across the face of the goal.
Lampard tried to score with a backheel and then a free-kick as the Blues continued to press.
But, try as they might, there was to be no equaliser as Saints held on to secure an invaluable three points, much to Chelsea's frustration.
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