Callum Hudson-Odoi has scored the first goal since his Achilles injury in The Blues’ 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium this afternoon.

The winger fired Joe Edwards’ men into a 57th-minute lead on the South Coast before Clinton Mola made sure of the victory with a goal 20 minutes from time.

Charlie Brown fired the first real chance wide for The Blues midway through the first half before Hudson-Odoi went close with a trio of efforts, the first of which required a save from home keeper Harry Lewis.

Southampton barely troubled Blues keeper Jamie Cumming throughout the opening 45 minutes but he will have been concerned when a Alex Jankewitz strike rattled the post in first half injury time.

The home side should have been ahead soon after the break. Dan N’Lundulu thumped an effort on goal but Cumming was brave and denied the Southampton man.

Reece James looped a header onto the bar for Chelsea before The Blues took the lead prior to the hour mark when Billy Gilmour played in Hudson-Odoi who lofted the ball over Lewis into the net.

Edwards’ side extended their lead with 20 minutes remaining when Southampton failed to clear the ball following a corner kick and James chipped the ball to Mola who headed home.

Hudson-Odoi and Anjorin both went close to adding to the scoreline but Chelsea had to make do with the two goals as they maintained their position at the top of the Premier League 2 table.

The South West Londoners are back in action next weekend when they take on Leicester City at Holmes Park.