Giroud powers Chelsea to victory against Southampton

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Former Chelsea captain, Dennis Wise, has said that manager, Antonio Conte is "waiting" to be sacked by the club.

"But I saw a great reaction".

- Eden Hazard also got into the score sheet as he scored his 69th Premier League goal for Chelsea.

Mark Hughes' men were rewarded in the first half for defending with discipline and attacking with objective against a group of Chelsea players who appeared disinterested in their fortunes, led by a head coach in Conte whose touchline demeanour reinforced Gianluca Vialli's recent claim that Conte can't wait to leave.

Another tough test is on its way for Conte and his men as we prepare for the trip to high-flying Burnley on Thursday.

"We are having a hard season and we know this, but especially in this situation I think you can see the men before the players".

"In football, you always have a chance to step up, to bounce back, so we showed great character and team spirit", Giroud told Sky Sports.

With pressure building on coach Antonio Conte, the Blues looked set to see their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League disappear, but substitute Giroud emerged to pull one back in the 70th minute and keep them in the game. "The important thing is to play with a great intensity and fight from the beginning until the end".

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The first half was very negative.

This came just a week after Rudiger's comments appeared to call into question Chelsea's ability to see out games, after Javier Hernandez's goal denied them another win last week.

Huddersfield rises to 14th with 35 points, which may already be enough for safety although its hard run-in pits it against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in its final three games.

The France worldwide powered in a near-post header from Alonso's cross on 71 minutes, then laid the foundation for Eden Hazard to slam home the equaliser.

Conte swiftly responded by hauling off the disappointing Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta for Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud.

Chelsea FC will return to FA Cup action next weekend when they take on Southampton in the semi-finals. It should have been a red card, clearly.

Chelsea's central defenders kept the ball alive inside the box from Hazard's cross, before Giroud's quick-shot half-volley put Chelsea into the lead.

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