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Chelsea's Jorginho celebrates his second penalty. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire.

Chelsea's Jorginho celebrates his second penalty. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire.

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Chelsea's Jorginho celebrates his second penalty. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire.

Nothing but a win would have done for Chelsea and their manager Frank Lampard and, at last, his new-look team are starting to click into gear.

Helped by howling defensive errors by Crystal Palace, and, in particular, a disastrous display from their centre-back Mamadou Sakho, Chelsea head into the international break on a high after firing four second-half goals to beat Palace.

After a Carabao Cup exit against Tottenham last Tuesday and a disastrous defensive display in last Saturday's 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion, Lampard needed this victory, and he saluted his players who responded to his rallying cry.

"Not too many put four past Crystal Palace," said a smiling Blues boss."First half we started well. We needed a bit more. It was great for us to get four goals.

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Chelsea's Kai Havertz (left) battles for the ball with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire.

Chelsea's Kai Havertz (left) battles for the ball with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire.

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Chelsea's Kai Havertz (left) battles for the ball with Crystal Palace's James McArthur. Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire.

"The message after half-time was we needed more in our game. We needed to get Ben Chilwell into the game. We can't allow Palace's back four to say dealing with Chelsea's front line was easy.

Injuries

"We need to give the boys time that have come. We haven't had much of a pre-season, we've had some injuries, so we need some time."

Summer-signing Chilwell caught the eye as he marked his home debut in the Premier League with the opening goal and an assist for Kurt Zouma's second, with Palace very much contributing to their own downfall with some woeful defending.

A shoddy rearguard was also to blame as Palace then gave away two penalties, with Jorginho adding two late goals from 12 yards as Chelsea sealed a much-needed win.

Tammy Abraham tried to take the second of the spot-kicks away from Jorginho, but Cesar Azpilicueta stepped in to ensure the first-choice penalty taker took the chance, and Lampard supported his intervention.

"It has been dealt with," declared Lampard. "I appreciate Tammy wanted to take the penalty, but you cannot jump up the list.

"I want leaders - and a little bit of conflict, but Tammy was put in his place on the pitch, and put in his place in the dressing room afterwards."

Palace failed to register a single shot on the Chelsea goal, with manager Roy Hodgson admitting his side failed to perform.

"We gifted them their goals with individual errors," stated Hodgson.

"There were some poor performances out there today, that's for sure.

"One or two will be looking in the mirror and saying they didn't do anywhere near enough.

"You have to take it on the chin and can't allow it to have too big an effect on your confidence.

"Our confidence was quite high before the match, but the couple of mistakes we made and the fact that we were fighting back from 2-0 down fairly early in the second half meant we've ended up with a heavy defeat."

One victory does not change the mood of concern that has built up around Chelsea after a stuttering start.

Yet, the input of Chilwell and the prospect of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech being available to Lampard after the international break should bolster their belief.

Chelsea were always likely to be a work in progress in the opening weeks of the season after spending so much to reshape their squad, but this was a welcome step forward.