Chelsea victory par for the course

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Chelsea moved to within a point of second-placed Manchester United with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Everton, bringing an end to a series of frustrating home draws against David Moyes' side.

Having watched his team maintain a 100 per cent home record in the Barclays Premier League, and make it 12 goals scored in their last three outings, Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas indicated that the achievement so far is only par for the course.

"It was a good win for us," said the Portuguese tactician. "It is never easy coming back after an international break but it was important to get three points, particularly on a day when two title contenders played against each other.

"Eventually Man United got an important point at Anfield but at least it allows us to get closer to second position at the moment."


It took 30 minutes for Chelsea to break the deadlock, but Villas-Boas was delighted with the patience shown by his side as they overcame the challenge posed by a well-disciplined Toffees team.

"It was decisive to get the second goal just before half time which is something that never helps the opposition manager," he continued. "A score of 3-0 then gave us the confidence that we needed to take the three points.

"We managed to play a lot from the back, tiring the strikers of Everton and eventually when they got the ball they could not respond with the usual aggressiveness that they have.

"[But] we have not done anything special. We just have to continue to win until we find a position of comfort at the top of the league."

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