Chelsea fans delight at Saints drubbing on Twitter, distraught at Mata

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Chelsea supporters were delighted with their team's victory over Southampton, but before the goals there was something the matter…

Chelsea fortified their title-challenging credentials today, Wednesday, January 1 by slaying Southampton with a 3-0 second half bombardment with goals from Fernando Torres, Willian and Oscar in a result that keeps the Blues on pace with league leaders Arsenal and second-placed Manchester City.

While the goal-scorers all attracted column-inches, one of the stories of the match was Juan Mata's reaction to being substituted after just 52 minutes of play.

The playmaking Spaniard vented his frustrations once he returned to the bench and the reaction from fans on Twitter was one of distress, as Blues fans appear resigned to losing their two-time player of the year during the winter transfer window this month.

Not all supporters, though, were on #TeamMata as there were a minority who criticised his behaviour, claiming that it was a 'disgrace'.

On the overall result, Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard all attracted widespread praise, with the former being backed for permanent inclusion in Mourinho's first-team selection.

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