Glenn Murray scored a late winner as Bournemouth claimed a 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
- Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth
- Murray grabs controversial late winner
- Courtois returns from injury
- Bournemouth out of bottom three
- Chelsea denied big penalty appeal
The defending Premier League champions had started to show some signs of revival in recent weeks after a wretched start to the season, but substitute Murray sent them and manager Jose Mourinho back to square one with this classic smash-and-grab victory.
Murray's winner did appear to be offside – a point that is unlikely to be lost on Mourinho – but it was rich reward for a dogged and assured display by the Cherries.
All the attention may have been on the hosts from them outset, but it was Bournemouth who were quicker out of the traps.
First Junior Stanislas broke through in the twelfth minute but saw his shot smothered by the returning Thibaut Courtois, who was showing no signs of rustiness after his injury lay-off. Minutes later it was Joshua King's turn to test the Belgian, but he was denied by an even better save at the near post.
After that, the game settled into a pattern of Chelsea dominating the possession and creating half-chances but Bournemouth still remaining a threat.
It wasn't until the closing stages of the half that Artur Boruc in the Bournemouth goal was called into serious action, though, initially to beat out a long range effort from Eden Hazard and then to parry Pedro's curler away from goal.
Chelsea introduced striker Diego Costa from the bench at half time and he was adamant he should have had a penalty when his cross appeared to strike the arm of a lunging Simon Francis just after the hour.
The Spaniard was denied once again by Francis fifteen minutes later, this time with an interception at the back post from an incisive Branislav Ivanovic centre.
There was a sting in the tale for Chelsea, though, and it arrived from sub Murray just two minutes after he entered the fray.
Courtois failed to deal with a deep Bournemouth corner and the former Crystal Palace striker found himself unmarked inside the six-yard box to nod into the empty net despite a hint of offside.
The win is enough to see Bournemouth climb out of the bottom three, although it is sure to prompt further speculation over the future of Jose Mourinho