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Chelsea 2 Bolton Wanderers 1: Oscar strike proves the difference

Chelsea 2 Bolton Wanderers 1: Oscar strike proves the difference

Oscar grabbed the decisive goal as Chelsea returned to winning ways by beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian’s strike complemented Kurt Zouma’s debut goal as Jose Mourinho’s men dominated a Bolton Wanderers side languishing 21st in the Championship to book their place in round four.

The victory was a welcome one for Mourinho, who had watched his side held to 1-1 draws by Schalke and Manchester City in the last seven days.

Such a frustrating result only briefly appeared to be on the cards this time, with Zouma’s 25th-minute goal just reward for Chelsea’s early efforts.

The hosts were pegged back not long afterwards when Matt Mills headed home but, despite visiting goalkeeper Andy Lonergan’s inspired display, Chelsea’s class eventually told.

The Premier League side made nine changes from the 1-1 draw with Manchester City as first-team regulars were complemented by fringe players, new boy Loic Remy making a maiden start and Petr Cech appearing in goal for the first time this season.

They still began with plenty of fluency, Andre Schurrle forcing Lonergan into a solid fingertip save with a curling cross-cum-shot free-kick.

Oscar was next to threaten when forcing another good stop from Lonergan with his deflected strike.

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