Chelsea returned to winning ways as they scored early to ensure a 2-0 triumph over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in their first Premier League victory since mid-October.
Kai Havertz and Mason Mount both netted in the first half of a dominant performance but the hosts will feel they could have won by a bigger margin given the possession they enjoyed and chances they created.
Chelsea ended a run of five league matches without a victory and moved up one place in the league standings to eighth.
Bournemouth have now lost four of their past five league games and remain in 14th place on 16 points.
Havertz had Chelsea ahead after 16 minutes at the end of a swift move through the middle, started by Jorginho, helped on by Mount and then with Raheem Sterling delivering a perfect cross to the back post for the German to stretch into the net.
The quick movement of the ball was characteristic of the home side’s approach as they overwhelmed Bournemouth in all departments.
Chelsea extended their lead in the 23rd minute at the end of another storming forward drive, with several players involved before Havertz laid it back for Mount to hit a right-footed curler into the net from outside the penalty area.
Chelsea, with seven players from the World Cup in their starting line-up, had Reece James back after the knee injury that made him miss out on the tournament in Qatar and the England right back wasted no time in reminding of his qualities.
But he had to go off early in the second half, visibly upset as he looked to suffer fresh knee trouble.
The Spaniard made a much more vital stop in the 78th minute to deny midfielder Ryan Christie.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers made several good saves too — from Sterling on the stroke of halftime and Mount after the break. He also watched with relief as Kalidou Koulibaly’s header from a 73rd minute set piece went narrowly wide.
Bournemouth did finish lively, looking dangerous in the final 10 minutes and might have got a consolation goal as former Chelsea player Dominic Solanke missed with a close-range header in stoppage time.
Rashford on target again as Man United beat Forest 3-0
England striker Marcus Rashford continued his fine goalscoring form as Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Rashford, who scored three times for England at the World Cup in Qatar, set United on their way to victory with a well-placed finish from a corner in the 19th minute, before Anthony Martial doubled the hosts’ lead three minutes later.
Forest thought they had got back into the match midway through the first half, but Willy Boly’s goal from a free kick was ruled out for offside.
The visitors never looked like mounting a comeback, with United putting the seal on a impressive display as substitute Fred netted a late third, completing a victory that moves the fifth-placed hosts one point off the top four. Forest stay 19th.
Rashford has enjoyed a much-improved season in front of goal for club and country and, in his side’s first league game back after the World Cup, his fine near-post finish from a well-worked corner broke the deadlock in the Old Trafford drizzle.
The fine finish took Rashford’s tally to 10 for the season in all competitions, double what he managed last term, with another player who has his found his goalscoring touch again, Martial, converting Rashford’s pass to add another quickfire goal.
A lengthy VAR review was needed to rule out Boly’s goal at the far post, but otherwise United remained in control of the match.
The victory means United have now lost only once in the league since their thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City in October.