Gudjohnsen: Win was crucial
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Eidur Gudjohnsen was delighted to get Chelsea's title bid back on track.
Eidur Gudjohnsen was delighted to get Chelsea's title bid back on track as he grabbed the only goal of the game against the ten men of Everton.
The former Bolton striker found the net midway through the second half after only some heroic saves from Nigel Martyn had kept the Blues from finding the net.
The win gives Jose Mourinho's troops a 12-point gap over their nearest rivals and helps dismiss the theory that they cannot win without Arjen Robben after last week's 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
Gudjohnsen believes the victory at Goodison Park was a crucial result, particularly considering the club do not play another league game for a month due to cup commitments.
"This is a massive three points for us today," he stated.
"We're going into a bit of a break in the Premiership and now there are other things to concentrate on.
"We concentrate on our own results to begin with and then that puts the pressure back on Manchester United and Arsenal."
On a difficult playing surface quality football was always going to be difficult to come by but the Icelander believes the result was far more important than the performance.
He added: "Nigel Martyn pulled off some fantastic saves but in the end we managed to get the goal and the points and that's what counts most at this stage of the season.