Mauricio Pochettino finally had a Chelsea win to celebrate as the Blues knocked Brighton out of the Carabao Cup (Nigel French/PA)
Mauricio Pochettino hailed the character and personality of his players after watching Chelsea end a three-game winless run by beating Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round.
Home supporters witnessed a victory at Stamford Bridge for just the third time since March as Nicolas Jackson’s goal proved the difference between the sides and set up a fourth-round meeting with Blackburn.
Jackson struck five minutes after half-time with a composed finish into the corner from Cole Palmer’s pass, becoming the first Chelsea player to score since Enzo Fernandez netted in the second round against AFC Wimbledon on 30 August.
Pochettino has repeatedly claimed in recent weeks that performances have been better than the team’s results, and he was relieved to finally see the tide turn in what he called a deserved win.
“Very pleased with the performance again,” he said. “(I am) happy for the victory and (it is) important to go through and build our momentum. I hope to build momentum for the future from today.
“Very pleased when the strikers score, it’s important. He needed to feel the net, it was an important game for him.
“All the team was really good. If we assess, all the players were in a very good level.
“Cole is a very talented player, he was key in this victory. He’s still young, he still needs to settle in the club and the city but we saw today how good he is.
Cole Palmer impressed his manager (Nigel French/PA)
“I think they (the players) showed character and personality.”
Chelsea’s night was slightly blighted by uncertain first-half performances from former Brighton pair Robert Sanchez and MarcRead on belfasttelegraph.co.uk