Brighton 4-1 Chelsea: Seagulls stun Graham Potter on Amex return with first-half assault display

Brighton’s intention was clear from the start, with Thiago Silva gifting them the ball from a goal kick before coming back to clear Leandro Trossard’s lob from his line.

Silva was called on again to fend off Pervis Estupinan’s effort before he gave up the ball in the fourth minute to allow Kaoru Mitoma to fire on goal, with the Japanese winger slipping past Trossard to get around Kepa Arrizabalaga and shoot in the first game.

It was two inside the quarter as a corner from the right was clumsily deflected by Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s knee.

Chelsea should have made an instant response as chants of ‘you get fired in the morning’ reverberated through a record Amex Stadium crowd, but Conor Gallagher swelled his one-on-one lines before Christian Pulisic skewed its rebound.

Robert Sanchez made a fine save to deny Gallagher’s graze header before Chelsea’s response ran out.

It was 3-0 in the 42nd minute when Estupinan came on unmarked on the counter and slid his cross low by Trevoh Chalobah.

Potter stayed with the same outfield XI for the second half, swapping Kepa Arrizabalaga for Edouard Mendy through injury, and got a quick reward.

Gallagher’s perfect cross from the right was headed in at the far post by Kai Havertz to put Chelsea back in the game just 90 seconds after the whistle.

Ben Chilwell and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were introduced after the hour mark as the visitors failed to build any serious momentum, relying only on half chances as time ticked away.

The final ten minutes saw Hakim Ziyech and Armando Broja come on, but Chelsea were unable to test Sanchez further, with Brighton wrapping up victory as Pascal Gross brought home a rebound from debutant Enciso’s effort.


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