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EPL: Fofana's Header Secures Rare Win For Chelsea Against Lowly Leeds Utd

EPL: Fofana's Header Secures Rare Win For Chelsea Against Lo

Wesley Fofana

Chelsea managed to secure a rare goal and Premier League win against struggling Leeds United in a nervous encounter, thanks to a leaping header from France defender Wesley Fofana, which eased some pressure on coach Graham Potter.

The Blues were dominant in the first half and on-loan Portuguese Joao Felix rattled the bar, but it wasn't until the 53rd minute that Fofana put away Ben Chilwell's corner, which surprised and relieved the fans.

For Potter's side, it was their first win since January 15, and they were forced to defend in numbers in the second half as Leeds, who have earned only six points away from home this season, sought an equalizer.

"It's a confidence boost and a morale boost," Potter said.

Meanwhile, Leeds coach Javi Gracia, who took over the Yorkshire club only ten days ago, described the defeat as "frustrating."

In the first half, Chelsea had two golden chances, with Kai Havertz through on goal, but he waited for half a second too long to shoot, and his chip was well saved by advancing goalkeeper Illan Meslier in the 15th minute.

Seven minutes later, Raheem Sterling cut the ball back for Joao Felix, but his shot hit the bar.

Joao Felix also shot wide from a Chilwell cross, and Fofana headed over the bar from a corner.

Chelsea's wing-back, Chilwell, who has missed much of the season through injury, proved to be the difference and was involved in most of their dangerous moves along with Joao Felix and Sterling.

"Ben has got stronger and stronger as the weeks have gone on, and he was really effective today and contributed to our first-half performance," Potter said.

After Potter withdrew Sterling and Joao Felix midway through the second half, the home side was pinned back by Leeds, who surged forward but were ultimately toothless.

Weston McKennie and captain Luke Ayling both sent second-half shots wide.

In stoppage time, Meslier joined his teammates in the Chelsea area for a corner and connected with the ball, but his solid header went straight into the arms of Chelsea counterpart Kepa Arrizabalaga.

While the narrow and not entirely convincing win leaves Chelsea in 10th place, it is a boost before their second-leg last-16 Champions League game with Dortmund at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, where they need to score twice to overcome a 1-0 deficit.

Leeds remain a point above the relegation zone.

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