Luton Vs Chelsea Player ratings as Chelsea hold off Hatters fightback

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Cole Palmer’s first ever Premier League brace helped Chelsea beat a spirited Luton side 3-2 at lively Kenilworth Road.

Palmer returned from suspension to take his place in Chelsea’s attack, while ex-Blues player Ross Barkley was named in Luton’s starting XI.

It wasn’t long before Chelsea were in front when Palmer received the ball on the edge of the box from Hatters defender Issa Kabor√© and fired into the bottom corner.

The home side held the ball well and looked dangerous at both ends, but slightly against the run of play Chelsea doubled their lead.

Noni Madueke danced his way past two Luton defenders inside the area before curling a shot into the roof of the net.

Luton were much the better until the hour mark when Tahith Chong added new depth to their attack.

But not for the first time today, Chelsea struck against the tide as Palmer ran inside and rounded the keeper before calmly slotting home.

Luton thought they had finally been rewarded for all their hard work with 15 minutes remaining, but Elijah Adebayo’s header was ruled out for offside in a set-piece.

However, they scored their goal just moments later when Barkley headed in from a corner.

The home side pushed for a second and got it on four minutes when Adebayo found himself in space at the far post and tapped home.

But despite a late rally, Chelsea held on for the win, which left them 10th in the table, while Luton remained in 18th.

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