Chelsea player ratings: Lampard & Terry the heroes, Willian wasteful

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A last-gasp winner gave Chelsea three vital points against Everton on Saturday. Here's how the Blues rated.

Petr Cech - 7/10

The Chelsea goalkeeper wasn't too troubled throughout but did step up when a save was required, notably during a Leon Osman strike in the second half. With speculation about Thibaut Courtois' future constantly increasing, Cech will be keener than ever to prove his value to Jose Mourinho's side.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7/10

On an afternoon where defending prevailed, Ivanovic did little wrong, pushing forward regularly as well as helping his side out at the back. The Serb has been on a strong run of form lately. 

Cesar Azpilicueta - 8/10

Ashley Cole has absolutely no chance of getting into this Chelsea side - and Azpilicueta is the simple reason why. The Spaniard was as good as ever in defence, while also surging forward constantly down the left-hand side. The Blues have clearly found a gem in this full-back.

Gary Cahill - 8/10

Constantly going up for set-pieces without neglecting his defensive duties, Cahill shone at the back for Chelsea today. The England man has had his difficulties this season but his form has taken a significant turn for the better in recent weeks. This was a great example.

John Terry - 9/10

The image of Terry proving Chelsea's hero is a rather repetitive one by now. So often has the 33-year-old saved his side, it is simply amazing to see him still doing it to this day. And yet there he was against Everton, winning virtually every ball in the air and making tackles and clearances a 20-year-old would not have got to. Also played a vital role in the winner - although there is debate as to who actually got the goal.

Nemanja Matic - 7/10

This wasn't Matic's best game in a Chelsea shirt by far, though he still offered plenty of protection for his back four from midfield. It was no coincidence that the Blues kept a clean sheet, with Matic becoming integral to Mourinho's plans.

Frank Lampard - 8/10

Another Chelsea legend who is still defying the odds, Lampard took the free kick for the winner - even being credited with the goal by some. The 35-year-old ran all day long and the Blues could not have won without him.

Willian - 6/10

In a game that was dominated by classy defenders, the Brazilian failed to shine as he too often tried to beat several defenders at a time instead of finding the easy pass. Some of his shooting, too, was poor, with his wastefulness costing Chelsea in the first half. Overall, it was a decent performance from Willian - but for his lack of final product up front.

Oscar - 6/10

Another Brazilian to flounder in the final third during the first half, Oscar was booked and took several tumbles under strong Everton challenges before being taken off at half-time. Not his worst day but not one to remember for anything noteworthy.

Eden Hazard - 7/10

Like his creative counterparts, the Belgian was stifled by a strong defensive performance from the visitors today. However, Hazard made more headway than most, threading through several typically intricate passes and linking up well with those around him.

Samuel Eto'o - 6/10

Chelsea's problems in the final third have been well documented this season and today was another example of why. Eto'o has looked quiet in recent weeks and didn't take his chances today.

Substitutes

Fernando Torres - 6/10

The Spaniard came on late in the second half and offered his usual energy but lacked spark.

Ramires - 7/10

Oscar's replacement at the break, the Brazilian was energetic and played several encouraging passes throughout the second half.

Andre Schurrle - 4/10

The German only came on late in the day but was very poor up front, horribly miscuing one shot and not making any headway with his other chances.

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