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Chelsea 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion: Nicolas Jackson’s goal sends Blues into fourth round


Nicolas Jackson scores his second goal for Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino says Chelsea’s win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round “has to be” the turning point of their season.

Nicolas Jackson scored the only goal in an intense match to see the Blues claim their first win in four matches and set up a last-16 draw against Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Chelsea have struggled to find the net this season and have won just one of their six Premier League games, and Pochettino says victory against the Seagulls must be the result to kick-start their campaign.

“It should be, it must be,” he said. “It’s about time. Today there were a lot of positive things: we saw the players fighting to give their best.”

Creating chances has not been a problem for Pochettino’s side and they are above Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. for expected goals this season with 11.61, but they have only found the net five times so far in the league.

Chelsea and Brighton have clashed a lot over the last 12 months, with 10 staff moving to Stamford Bridge for around £200million – and the match had an added benefit.

Jackson’s winning goal – which sealed a draw at home to Blackburn in the week of October 30 – came in the 50th minute after a fine move.

Ian Maatsen passed the ball to Cole Palmer – excellent on his first start – who slotted the ball through Jan Paul van Hecke’s legs for Jackson to head into the bottom corner.

The goal was the first Chelsea had scored in four matches and gave them a much-needed boost as Pochettino looks to move his project in the right direction.

Solly March had the chance to level Brighton late in the second half when he went unmarked but his header was headed straight at former Seagulls goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

The Chelsea team included three former Brighton players and every time they touched the ball at the start of the match they were booed by their former supporters.

Kaoru Mitoma had the first big opportunity when he passed Marc Cucurella and saw his cross blocked by Sanchez.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who arrived from Brighton for £25 million in the summer, had a difficult evening with the ball at his feet during the match.

Sanchez kicked the ball straight out of play on several occasions, much to the delight of the Brighton fans.

A sloppy pass also went straight to Joao Pedro at the edge of his own penalty area, but the mistake was not punished as the Brazilian striker hit the bar.

Jackson was denied a second goal by Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen’s block, then saw a 71st-minute finish ruled out for offside.

March tested Sanchez before Joao Pedro volleyed home from inside the area as the visitors pushed for an equalizer that failed to arrive.

Palmer shines in first Chelsea start

There has been a lot of talk about the number of attacking players Chelsea have signed and their lack of goals.

Palmer arrived for £42.5million from Manchester City, with Pochettino claiming the midfielder had the right “profile” for the club.

Named in the starting XI for the first time since his arrival, Palmer showed exactly why Chelsea decided to pay that amount of money for him at just 21 years old.

“I think the team was really good,” added Pochettino. “If we evaluate all the players, I think we are at a very good level.

“Cole is a very talented player, he played a key role in this victory. Still young, he still needs to settle into the club, not just the team, but the club and the city. I think that we’ve seen how good he is.”

Compositions

Chelsea

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sanchez
  • 3Cucurelle
  • 2Disasi
  • 26Colwill
  • 21ChilwellReplaced byhas 90+7′minutes
  • 16UgochukwuReserved at 45 minutes
  • 25Caicedo
  • 29MaatsenReplaced byGallagherhas 75′minutes
  • 20PalmerReplaced byFernandezhas 75′minutes
  • tenMudrykReplaced bySterlinghas 68′minutes
  • 15JacksonReplaced byBrojahas 87′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Sterling
  • 8Fernandez
  • 19Broja
  • 23Gallagher
  • 28Petrovich
  • 36by Souza Eugênio
  • 42Gilchrist
  • 44Brooking
  • 52Gear

Brighton

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Verbruggen
  • 2Lamptey
  • 29Van Hecke
  • 3dos Santos de Paulo
  • 30EstupiñánReserved at 45 minutes
  • 8DahoudReplaced byHinshelwoodhas 70′minutes
  • 20BalébaReserved at 42 minutesReplaced byGilmourhas 64′minutes
  • 40BuonanotteReplaced byLallanahas 78′minutes
  • 31Ansu FatiReplaced byMarchhas 45′minutes
  • 22MitomeReplaced byWelbeckhas 64′minutes
  • 9Joao Pedro

Substitutes

  • 5Soak
  • 7March
  • 11Gilmour
  • 14Lallana
  • 18Welbeck
  • 23Steel
  • 24Adingra
  • 34Veltman
  • 41Hinshelwood

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