John Terry inevitably thumped home a winning header to help his side to a 2-1 win at Turf Moor at the end of a week of revelations in the tabloid press about his private life.

The Chelsea skipper had performed superbly all game and put the gloss on a fine match for himself by nodding in Frank Lampard’s corner ten minutes from time.

But the visitors didn’t have it all their own way and but for Terry’s late intervention, may have had to settle for a point.

Nicolas Anelka had put Chelsea ahead 27 minutes in after a lightning counter attack, only for Steven Fletcher to rifle Burnley level moments into the second half.

Chelsea dominated possession despite being shorn of Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel in the midfield, with Yuri Zhirkov lining up in an unfamiliar central position.

Burnley too were without first choice players with Graham Alexander, Chris McCann and Stephen Jordan all missing out, although new signing Leon Cort slotted straight into the back line.

Chelsea has started the brighter side but struggled to create an opening before the goal arrived, at the end of Burnley’s best spell of the first half. The hosts had thrown the big men up from the back for a set piece and were caught out by a 60 yard throw by Petr Cech to Joe Cole on the right touchline.

Cole was given the freedom of East Lancashire to advance and ping a perfect cross over the head of the backtracking defender, Tyrone Mears, to Florent Malouda, who nodded back across goal for Anelka to sweep past Jensen from six yards.

It was a devastating blow for Burnley who had competed admirably up until then. But Chelsea never looked like putting the game away. Lampard had a couple of efforts from range and Andre Bikey thumped a shot well over from distance but that was about it for the rest of the half.

Terry was perhaps slightly fortunate to escape with a booking after a cynical block on Robbie Blake, but a yellow card was always the likely result with the foul taking place 40 yards from goal.

Moments into the second half Chelsea almost doubled the lead, Malouda hammering a drive just over the angle of Jensen’s bar.

But from the next attack, Burnley were level. Blake held off Terry to bring the ball down on his chest and swing a lofted ball over Alex for Fletcher, who brilliantly controlled the ball back over the head of the Brazilian defender. Fletcher then got a tad lucky with the deflection but took full advantage to bury the strike below Cech to level the scores unexpectedly.

Burnley had drawn their four previous games at Turf Moor 1-1 and perhaps settled for a repeat scoreline too early, inviting Chelsea to attack them. But an almighty scramble in the area, at the end of which Cole headed in and was adjudged, wrongly, to be offside, was the best they could muster.

Clarke Carlisle cleared a weak shot off the line but it looked like Burnley could hold on for their first point under new manager Brian Laws before Terry stepped up to ensure his name would be on both front and back pages of the newspapers.