As the well fought game was nearing its conclusion with the Blues looking as if they were going to drop two points at home for the third time this season John Terry stepped up when the club needed him most
It was the Chelsea skippers first game back after missing three-matches with a with a gluteal muscle problem when two minutes into added time the captain managed to stick a foot out and get the lightest of touches to see Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard bundle the ball into his own net.
The win was a much needed injection of moral into the Chelsea team who now travels to Istanbul, Turkey where they will play Didier Drogba’s Galatasaray in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 match on Wednesday night.
In the end Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was very happy with his team who now stay top of the Premiership telling Sky Sports: “It was a very difficult match. In periods one team was dominant and the other had to play well defensively to cope,” said the Chelsea boss.
“It’s a good feeling to win in the end. The players did everything, they wanted to win.
“For 20 minutes we were in control, after that Everton were in control. They pass the ball well.
“For the last 15 minutes we were strong and dominated. When you score [late] you can talk about luck but the boys chased that.”
Mourinho felt that his side always had the slight edge adding: “A point for them is a good point. A point for us is not good, and in the end maybe we deserved it.”
He went on to admit that Chelsea could not afford to drop points now.
“If today we had a draw, I think in a couple of hours we would be third in the table. This is the reality in this competition,” he said.
“The feeling when you lose late points is bad. When you win it’s the opposite. It’s a compensation of the points against West Brom.”