Everton 3-1 Chelsea: Naismith piles more woes on Mourinho / Everton, Chelsea logo

Chelsea's woes continued on Saturday after the reigning champions suffered another 3-1 away defeat to Everton, with Steve Naismith bagging a hat-trick for the Toffes.

Barely few minutes after Muhamed Besic was forced off the pitch due to injury, nine minutes into the game, Steve Naismith who replaced him registered his presence as he headed home a powerful cross from Brendan Galloway in the 17th minute.

Five minutes later, an apparent mistake from the unconvincing Branislav Ivanovic availed Naismith another opportunity to put Roberto Martinez's men 2-0 ahead in the 22nd minute.

Chelsea's hope of equalising came in the 30th minute when Nemanja Matic fired home a rasping 35-yard shot that left Tim Howard found wanting.

Consequently, Eden Hazard's  deflected shot and John Terry's header nearly brought Chelsea to level in the dying minutes of halftime, but the Toffes's John Stone's-led obdurate defence were intact to keep them at bay.

An exquisite through ball from Ross Barkley were all Naismith needed to bury the game as the latter sent home a powerful shot in the 82nd minute to record his hat-trick-leaving Jose Mourinho with more melancholic moment of his career than ever.

Though, Radame Falcao, willian and Kennedy were all introduced to boolster the Blues attack, they could not create any clear-cut chances to earn a point.

The defeat is Chelsea's third from their fourth game so far in the season having been pipped by Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion respectively; and more might come as Thibaut Courtois was ruled out for three months with a knee injury on Wednesday.


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