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Jose Mourinho suffered his first Barclays Premier League defeat since returning to Chelsea with a 1-0 loss against Everton at Goodison Park.
Chelsea were guilty of missing a host of chances and were made to pay when Steven Naismith grabbed the winner on the stroke of half-time to hand Roberto Martinez his first Barclays Premier League victory as Everton manager. Debutant Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle were guilty of missing good opportunities for Chelsea in the first half and Naismith pounced from Nikica Jelavic's header back across goal in first-half injury time. Substitute Oscar claimed a penalty in the second half but referee Howard Webb waved away the protests.
Mourinho handed a first competitive start to transfer-window signing Eto'o, with Fernando Torres dropping to the bench. Everton gave a debut to Gareth Barry but fellow new boy James McCarthy had to settle for a place among the substitutes.
In a lively opening, Eto'o almost opened his Barclays Premier League account as early as the fourth minute. Ramires found space on the right and his pin-point cross was met by the Cameroonian but he could only head over the bar from eight yards. At the other end, Jelavic also missed a chance. Ross Barkley won possession in midfield and he supplied Naismith, whose cross was met by the Croatian but he headed at Petr Cech.
Tim Howard was given a huge reprieve in the 29th minute after a small lull in clear-cut openings. Howard's attempted pass out of defence was intercepted by Eden Hazard. He centred to Eto'o, who looked destined to tap into the empty goal only to be denied by a wonderful sliding interception from Barry.
Chelsea continued to press and Mourinho was frustrated as two good opportunities were not converted. First, Ramires flicked a ball in the air and volleyed at goal only to be denied by Howard. The Brazilian broke free again and prodded into the path of Schurrle, but the German blasted well over when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Chelsea’s profligacy in front of goal was punished by Naismith. Barkley crossed to Jelavic at the back post and he headed back across goal to the Scot, who could not miss when heading home.
The second half started in similar fashion with Chelsea creating but unable to break down Everton's resistance. Schurrle broke free but chipped over Howard into the side netting, before Howard parried a Hazard effort into the path of Eto'o but he failed to connect as the ball went wide.
Oscar replaced Juan Mata, and the Brazilian claimed a penalty in the 58th minute. He ran across Sylvain Distin and fell in the box but Webb was unmoved.
With 20 minutes remaining, the lively Ramires stretched for a Branislav Ivanovic cross but he could only fire into the side netting. Everton looked threatening on the counter-attack as Chelsea searched for the equaliser and had a series of corners before Kevin Mirallas had an effort beaten away well by Cech.
The home fans thought their team had a late penalty when Seamus Coleman was brought down by Hazard, but the incident occurred just outside the box. They came desperately close to a second in the 88th minute when Leighton Baines saw his free-kick rebound off the crossbar.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "It wasn't the perfect performance from our point of view, but we showed great character and all the attributes the team has to show to be a winning side. Forget about the technical and tactical side of the game. I think the crowd understood that we are trying to play in a different style, a different manner and at times it can be a bit difficult when you play a team like Chelsea.
"We gave away two or three chances probably from us giving the ball away or not playing to our concepts sharp enough. But the way we reacted, the way we took responsibility and defended was immense. Then throughout the game we carried a good threat. We were unlucky not to get a second goal.
"I've been a big admirer of Gareth Barry for a number of years. Gareth is very unique, that profile of midfielder doesn't exist much in English football. He senses danger like no one else, he has great composure, makes good decisions and establishes good relationships all over the park. He hasn't played any official minutes this season and he shows that fitness level, it shows he's a pristine professional, works extremely well and he's going to be a great influence on James McCarthy and Ross Barkley. He's going to be perfect guidance for the future."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We had chances and chances and we didn't score. If you don't score what you create it means nothing. If you create and score goals you get three points and win the game.
"Perhaps we didn't have the killer instinct, maybe one day we'll have three chances and score three goals. The players are good so sooner or later we will score goals related to the production of chances. We have to play to our strengths which is what we did, but we have to put the ball in the net."
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