Hiddink Watches Chelsea Win  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 3 Sunderland 1

Branislav Ivanovic gets congratulations for Chelsea playersNew interim manager Guus Hiddink watched from the stands at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 in the Premier League.

Goals from Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and an Oscar penalty gave the Blues their first league win in three games and only their fifth of the season, but Chelsea fans did not hold back in making their feelings heard about sacked manager Jose Mourinho and the players' performances so far.

Hiddink's first game in the dugout will be at home to Watford on Boxing Day as Chelsea look to salvage something from a disappointing season so far after he was confirmed as interim manager until the end of the season just before kick-off,

Substitute Fabio Borini pulled one back for Sunderland, who remain in the bottom three following the defeat, their 11th in 17 games this season.

Even before the kick-off at Stamford Bridge, banners surrounded the stands showing support for 'Special One' Mourinho, one fan describing Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa as the '3 rats'.

Fabregas and Costa's names were booed by large parts of the home support prior to kick-off, while soon after the first whistle Chelsea fans were singing their support for their former Portuguese boss, who led them to three league titles over two spells.

But Chelsea were ahead after just five minutes through Ivanovic, who got up tallest to meet Willian's corner, heading into the top left corner from 12 yards.

And it was soon 2-0 through Mourinho's summer signing Pedro, whose left-footed effort from 12 yards found the top right corner after Sebastian Coates' miscontrol from Ivanovic's right-wing cross.

Oscar impressed in the first half, and could have had Chelsea three up having made his way effortlessly into the penalty area, but Costel Pantimilom came out fast to block his low effort from 10 yards.

Chelsea got their third five minutes after half-time through Oscar's penalty after Willian was brought down by Pantilimon, prompting more support from the stands for Mourinho.

Sunderland got one back three minutes later through former Chelsea forward Borini, who rolled the ball into the empty net after Thibaut Courtois had parried Younes Kaboul's header.

Sam Allardyce's side had several chances to halve the deficit in the final half an hour; first, Borini's right-footed effort slid just wide of Courtois' left-hand post, before Jermain Defoe's half-volley was sliced wide from 10 yards.

Chelsea fans reacted with a smattering of applause and some jeers as both Costa and Fabregas were substituted in the second half, but despite another late chance for Defoe, who was denied by Courtois from 12 yards, the Blues held on for three points.

Andy Burton's view from Stamford Bridge

The performance was totally different in the first-half to what we've seen from Chelsea in recent weeks, but in the second-half they wobbled and showed the defensive frailties which have blighted their season.

The fans made their point to Roman Abramovich that they do not agree with Mourinho's departure. They also made their feelings clear to the players they perceive to have let Mourinho down, especially Costa, who was heavily booed when he was replaced in the second half.

Hiddink watched on, and now it's his turn to try and sort this all out. A strange old day at the Bridge.

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Player ratings

Chelsea: Courtois (7); Ivanovic (7), Zouma (6), Terry (6), Azpilicueta (6); Matic (6), Fabregas (6); Willian (7), Oscar (8), Pedro (7); Diego Costa (6).

Subs: Mikel (6), Ramires (6), Remy (6)

Sunderland: Pantilimon (6), Jones (6), Coates (5), Kaboul (6), O'Shea (5), Van Aanholt (6), M'Vila (5), Rodwell (6), Toivonen (5), Watmore (7), Defoe (6).

Subs: Borini (6), Fletcher (6), Johnson (6)

Man of the match: Oscar


Chelsea Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta, Fabregas (Mikel 71), Matic, Willian, Oscar (Ramires 82), Pedro, Costa (Remy 76)
Subs Not Used Begovic, Rahman, Traore, Cahill
Booked Matic
Goals Ivanovic 5, Pedro 13, Oscar 50 (pen)

Sunderland Pantilimon, Jones, Coates (Johnson 22), O’Shea (c), Kaboul, Aanholt, Watmore (Graham 79), M’Vila, Rodwell, Toivonen (Borini 45), Defoe
Subs Not Used Mannone, Gomez, Yedin, Fletcher
Booked Pantilimon, Rodwell, O’Shea
Goals Borini 53

Attendance 41,562

Referee Roger East

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