Chelsea Here Chelsea There: Gallagher scores again in Palace victory, triumphant debut by Baxter and shock win for Ampadu

In our round-up of the action involving Chelsea players on loan over the last week, Conor Gallagher and Crystal Palace's fine form continued with another goal and another win, while Nathan Baxter impressed on his league debut for Hull City and Ethan Ampadu helped Venezia stun Jose Mourinho's Roma.

Conor Gallagher got his fourth Premier League goal of the season as he helped Crystal Palace win 2-0 at home against Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring in his second consecutive game after registering a goal and an assist in the Eagles' victory over Manchester City by the same scoreline last week.

Against Wolves, the midfielder struck in the second half, via a deflection off Conor Coady, to make the three points safe, as Patrick Vieira’s side went within two points of the European places. Palace are now unbeaten in their opening six home league fixtures for the first time since the 1993/94 campaign, when they were in the second division.

In the Premier League’s Friday evening fixture, Armando Broja came off the bench to play the last 10 minutes of Southampton’s 1-0 home win over Aston Villa.

Nathan Baxter impressed with two good saves as he kept a clean sheet on his first league appearance of the season to help Hull City win 2-0 away at Barnsley. It represented a big improvement from Hull, who had lost their previous five Championship games in a row and hadn’t scored away from home in 2021/22 before this game.

Levi Colwill set up the opening goal in Huddersfield Town’s 1-1 draw at Peterborough, heading on a first-half corner to give Danny Ward a simple tap in at the back post. The defender was then unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet against Cardiff City, with goalkeeper Alex Smithies producing a brilliant save to keep out another Colwill header, as the Terriers suffered a 2-1 away defeat.

It was a mixed week for Ian Maatsen and Jake Clarke-Salter at Coventry City, who started both their league games. First Clarke-Salter had a particularly frustrating evening as Coventry lost their unbeaten home record this season, going down 2-1 to Swansea City, with the centre-back’s clearance being lashed in for the first goal, before he got an attempted block on the second, but couldn’t keep it out of the net.

They then got back to winning ways against Bristol City at home, although Maatsen was shown a red card for conceding the penalty that resulted in the first goal. However, Clarke-Salter and the rest of the Sky Blues twice fought back from behind in the second half before scoring an injury-time winner.

Baba Rahman and Reading suffered a 1-0 Championship defeat at Milwall in midweek, but bounced back on Saturday by coming from behind to win 2-1 at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Henry Lawrence came on to play the last 10 minutes as Wimbledon got off to a winning start in the FA Cup, beating Guiseley 1-0 in the first round.

Outside of England, Ethan Ampadu returned from suspension to feature throughout Venezia’s shock 3-2 win over Jose Mourinho’s Roma in Serie A. In a chaotic and action-packed match, Venezia took an early lead but went in at the break behind after two goals in the last three minutes of the first half, the second by former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.

However, Ampadu and his team-mates scored twice in the second half to take all three points, scoring more than once in a Serie A match for the first time this season. Also in Italy, Tiemoue Bakayoko came off the bench for the closing stages of AC Milan’s 1-1 draw with Inter Milan in Sunday’s big derby.

Emerson and Lyon suffered a 4-1 defeat away at high-flying Rennes in Ligue 1, while Thierno Ballo came on in back-to-back defeats for Rapid Vienna, 3-1 at Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League and 4-1 at Wolfsberger in the Austrian Bundesliga.

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