Chelsea arrested a run of Premier League defeats to climb down from relegation Sheffield United.
Nicolas Jackson came closest to threatening Mauricio Pochettino’s side in the first half but was thwarted by Wes Foderingham’s sliding block on the edge of his area.
But the Blues finally made the breakthrough after the break when Raheem Sterling fired home from close range past Cole Palmer for his sixth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later the visitors went further ahead through Jackson who bundled the ball home when the Blades failed to clear their lines from Palmer’s low cross.
Chelsea player ratings
GK: Djordje Petrovic – 5/10 – Didn’t have a lot to do on his Chelsea debut.
RB: Axel Disasi – 6/10 – Solid enough defensively and wasn’t a total disaster going forward, which is an improvement on recent outings at right-back.
CB: Thiago Silva – 7/10 – Guilty of over-playing early on but marked his authority with a fine display full of courage and grit.
CB: Benoit Badiashile – 7/10 – Given barely any bother by Sheffield United’s attackers, if only in part because McBurnie was doing most of the heavy lifting.
LB: Levi Colwill – 6/10 – Attacked with caution but gave McAtee little room for manoeuvre going the other way.
CM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – Nipped into tackles and distributed the ball quickly once he received it. One of the Ecuadorian’s better performances in a Chelsea shirt.
CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10 – Bustled about full of energy but was unable to have much of an impact in the final third.
RM: Raheem Sterling – 7/10 – Failed to get to the byline on the wing and eventually swapped positions with Palmer – a tactical move which benefitted both.
AM: Cole Palmer – 8/10 – Similarly came alive when afforded more freedom by Pochettino, dominating the second half.
LM: Mykhailo Mudryk – 6/10 – Demonstrated flashes of brilliance and ingenuity but his end product let him down. Notably ghosted past Bogle before firing straight into the Shed End in the first half.
CF: Nicolas Jackson – 7/10 – Another goal for his collection this season, doing enough to mask his inability to stay onside for the most part.