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Alonso: Ready to go again

Marcos Alonso was not to be denied a goal against Brighton on Boxing Day.

Despite Australian international goalkeeper Mat Ryan pulling off two good saves from our wing-back with the game approaching the hour mark and the scoreline finely balanced at 1-0 to Chelsea, moments later he was beaten when our left wing-back headed on a Cesc Fabregas corner and found the net to give his side a cushion on the way to victory. For Alonso, it was his fifth goal of the season and 11th since he joined a year-and-a-half ago.

After the game, he reflected on those couple of minute of going close twice and then eventually making the scoresheet.

‘There was the free-kick and then two headers from the corners, and I am happy for another goal and I am happy for the three points,’ said the 26-year-old.

‘I think we started a bit shaky but as soon as we got into the second half we played a good 45 minutes. I am very happy to help the team and be scoring goals as well, but now we have another game against Stoke in a couple of days and hopefully another three points. There is not much time to rest and be ready again so we are very focused on that.’

Alonso’s goal came from a Spanish link with Fabregas, and the same was also true of the opener with Alvaro Morata heading in from a Cesar Azpilicueta delivery.

‘You can see in the games that we have six goals with Azpi passing to Alvaro and it is another option for us. I was happy for Alvaro, he was back [from suspension] and I guess this goal gave him more confidence to keep scoring.

‘We are a good group, we are working well together and we have to keep working and getting results. We need to go out there and win the three points every game and then we will see where we are at the end of the season.’