Willian’s deflected effort seals deserved win for Chelsea over Brighton

first_img Possession 14 Chelsea Off target 7 Brighton 9 Chelsea On target 1 Brighton 17 Murray Pinterest 13 Gross Topics 22 Pulisic 8 Barkley “You could have almost felt the frustration at half-time,” Chelsea’s manager said. “Now it gives not just the players but the fans confidence. My message to the players was not to get despondent, not to feel flat, not to get sloppy. It was to keep playing at pace. Because of not winning here, you fear the worst. But there was a different feel today. When the ball moved quickly it looked good.”Chelsea were on top from the start, dominating territory and the ball, but they fell flat after Abraham nodded Mason Mount’s free-kick against the post in the 15th minute. Barkley, handed a rare start in the absence of the hamstrung N’Golo Kanté, twice endangered his side by losing the ball in dangerous positions and there were howls of frustration when Alonso volleyed over from close range. 4 Christensen Read more 11 Pedro Goal attempts 28 Baluta (s 65′) BRI48CHE52% Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso runs with the ball. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images 44 Guehi (s 46′) 5 Jorginho 17 Kovacic Brighton Fouls 33 Burn Harry Kane rescues Hugo Lloris as 10-man Tottenham beat Southampton Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Substitutes Aaron Cresswell’s strike salvages draw for West Ham at Bournemouth 22 Montoya 3 Alonso (s 84′) 3 Bong 19 Mount 18 Mooy 21 Schelotto 46 Alzate Chelsea 7 Maupay Read more (s 68′) (s 79′) (s 63′) 16 Jahanbakhsh 1 Ryan Share on Twitter 24 James 5 2 BRI CHE Stamford Bridge is in danger of becoming the happiest ground in the country. The crowd remained patient even when Chelsea were struggling to break Brighton down and it turned into a carnival atmosphere once Frank Lampard’s side, gifted a lead by a catastrophic error from Adam Webster, pulled clear of limited opponents in the second half.Such is the effect of having Lampard in the dugout during these transitional times for Chelsea, whose supporters were not quite as understanding when it was Maurizio Sarri standing there last season. Even Jorginho’s name is bellowed from the stands these days, signalling how the mood has changed. A divisive figure under Sarri, the Italy midfielder has emerged as a leader at the start of his second year in English football and it was his penalty that eased Chelsea towards their first home win in the league under Lampard. 15 Webster 10 Willian 5 Dunk 6 Stephens 8 Bissouma Share on WhatsApp 27 Button 28 Azpilicueta 48 52 Facebook 1 Arrizabalaga It was an afternoon when Chelsea’s senior players outshone the youngsters. Lampard praised Jorginho’s coolness under pressure and the points were made safe by Willian’s first goal of the season, though Brighton’s toothlessness should not be overlooked when it comes to analysing how Chelsea managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time since May. Graham Potter’s side, winless since the opening day and a point above the bottom three, mustered one shot on target.Not that it was entirely straightforward from Chelsea’s perspective. They were tense before Jorginho, who had an excellent game pulling the strings in midfield, broke the deadlock in the 50th minute and Lampard admitted to feeling some anxiety after seeing Tammy Abraham, Marcos Alonso, Ross Barkley and Pedro spurn fine opportunities in the first half. Share on Messenger Substitutes 29 Tomori Twitter Share on Facebook Corners Match stats 44 Connolly 13 Caballero match reports 20 Hudson-Odoi 23 Batshuayi Share on Pinterest Lineups Share via Email 5 11 Brighton & Hove Albion The Observer 9 Abraham Premier League The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It was just as well that Brighton were in a giving mood. They played out from the back throughout and paid for their bravery when Webster suffered a brain-freeze shortly after the restart, dithering on the ball in his own area, losing it to Mount and tripping the Chelsea midfielder in an attempt to salvage the situation. “It’s not the player’s responsibility, it’s mine,” Potter said. “We ask them to play that way.”Webster was booked and, after all the nonsense before Barkley’s miss in the recent defeat by Valencia, there were no arguments about who should take the penalty. Barkley and Willian both stepped aside, allowing Jorginho to clip a firm shot past Mat Ryan.Brighton managed a brief flurry, going close when Steven Alzate’s deflected shot trickled inches wide and Dan Burn headed against the bar from a corner, but Chelsea regained control after replacing Barkley with Mateo Kovacic. Callum Hudson-Odoi also came on for his first league appearance of the season and Chelsea, who could have Kanté available when they face Lille in the Champions League on Wednesday, sealed a deserved victory when Willian’s deflected shot beat Ryan in the 76th minute. Reuse this contentlast_img read more