Chelsea ended their goal scoring hoodoo at home to Brighton & Hove Albion in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Nicolas Jackson's goal early into the second-half was enough for the Blues, who picked up their first win in September.
The first-half was more of the same from Chelsea. There were some chances, but not many, with Brighton having the better of the opening exchanges. There was once again a real lack of conviction from the hosts at a chilly Stamford Bridge.
Joao Pedro had the best opportunity of the first-half when he was gifted the ball by Robert Sanchez, but the Brighton forward saw his shot go well over the crossbar. It was a huge let-off for Sanchez, who looked shaky in goal all game-long.
Early into the second period, however, it was Nicolas Jackson's time to shine. Cole Palmer, who looked superb throughout the evening, played a great ball to Jackson, who finished coolly into the bottom corner. Relief rang round Stamford Bridge – 338 minutes since their last goal.
Chelsea held on as well for a win that may prove pivotal to how well Mauricio Pochettino does at the club. It could be the confidence-booster he and the side need. So, with that said, football.london takes a look at some moments you may have missed from Stamford Bridge.
Before the game, the team sheets were handed out to the journalists in attendance at Stamford Bridge. A standard procedure, but something not so standard was included on the piece of paper.
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