Kante earns Chelsea win at Palace

first_imgN’Golo Kante scored his third goal of the season to earn Chelsea a deserved 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that moves the Blues five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal.David Luiz provided a rare assist from open play to allow Kante an opportunity that he pounced upon before scoring a goal that trebles his previous best tally in a Premier League season.Palace went into the game seeking to extend a three-match unbeaten streak that included a famous win over Manchester City before Christmas, but they struggled to prise the ball away from a Chelsea side determined to avoid a repeat of their Selhurst Park defeat last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The result left Roy Hodgson’s men just five points clear of the relegation zone, while fourth-placed Chelsea pulled away from Arsenal, who lost heavily at Liverpool on Saturday.As cool as you like! #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/ImqI3iBN3I— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 30, 2018Antonio Rudiger headed tamely into the arms of Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita before Kante sent a more forceful shot wide as Chelsea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges.Olivier Giroud had the ball in the net after 27 minutes, lashing home from a tight angle only to see an offside flag raised against him.The best attempt of the first half came from Willian, whose wickedly curling free-kick from 25 yards was saved by Guaita at full stretch just moments before the goalkeeper denied the Brazilian again when he tried a low drive.The deadlock was broken after 51 minutes when David Luiz’s exquisite chipped ball into the box was controlled instinctively on the chest by the on-rushing Kante, who then applied a low, left-footed finish that sneaked past Guaita despite the keeper getting a hand to it.Guaita made another save from Willian, denying the winger when Hazard played him in for a shot, before another unfortunate moment for Giroud, who twisted his ankle in the process of scoring another goal that was ruled out by the assistant referee’s flag.The Frenchman limped off and was replaced by Alvaro Morata as Chelsea saw out the closing stages of a comfortable victory without any real threat of a Palace comeback.What does it mean? Leicester was just a blipChelsea’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City left Blues fans concerned about inconsistency under Maurizio Sarri, but this was a consummate away performance from a side with a strong gameplan and plenty of confidence.Kante has it allNot content with being the driving force in the engine room of Chelsea’s midfield, Kante is making a habit of spotting gaps in opposition defences and proved he is adapting to his more advanced role this season with a worthy match-winning goal.Tough afternoon for unlucky GiroudAfter twice putting the ball in the net and twice having very close offside decisions go against him, Giroud hobbled off with a painful looking ankle injury.Key Opta stats- Chelsea picked up their first win in an away league London derby since August 2017 (2-1 vs Spurs), ending a run of five without victory (L3 D2).- Crystal Palace failed to record a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for the first time since March 2017 vs Watford.- Chelsea have won three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time under Maurizio Sarri, last doing so in April under Antonio Conte.- Only Tottenham (9) and Liverpool (8) have won more away Premier League games this season than Chelsea (7).3 – N’Golo Kante has scored three goals in 20 Premier League games this season – his best goal return in a single season in the top five European leagues. Reinvented. #CRYCHE pic.twitter.com/tXYgzCivR6— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 30, 2018What’s next?The Blues will hope to make amends for their home defeat to Leicester when they entertain Southampton on Wednesday, while Palace seek to resume their mid-December form at Wolves. read morelast_img read more

US business stockpiles grew 03 per cent in May from April though

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies added to their stockpiles in May. But their sales fell for a second straight month, adding to worries that the economy has slowed.Business stockpiles grew 0.3 per cent in May from April, matching April’s increase, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Business sales fell 0.1 per cent in May, matching the April decline.Total stockpiles rose to US$1.58 trillion in May. That’s nearly 20 per cent higher than the low point in September 2009, shortly after the recession ended.When businesses step up restocking, they order more goods. That generally leads to increased factory production and higher economic growth.But stockpile growth largely depends on the spending habits of U.S. consumers. Americans reduced their spending at retail businesses in June for the third straight month. Many consumers are feeling constrained by weak job creation and paltry wage increases.It would take about five weeks to exhaust total stockpiles at the May sales pace. That’s considered a healthy timeframe.Still, many economists now believe economic growth has slowed from the January-March’s lacklustre 1.9 per cent annual pace.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said growth in the April-June quarter likely fell to an annual rate of just 1.5 per cent.For May, stockpiles increased the most at the retail level, a gain of 0.8 per cent. Stockpiles at the wholesale level rose 0.5 per cent, while manufacturing inventories declined 0.2 per cent.Sales in May rose 0.5 per cent at the manufacturing level. But they fell at both the wholesale and retail levels.Wholesale stockpiles account for about 27 per cent of total business inventories. Stockpiles held by retailers make up about one-third of the total and manufacturing inventories represent about 40 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 11:34 am MDT US business stockpiles grew 0.3 per cent in May from April, though sales fell for second month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more