Chelsea navigated their way into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night with Nicolas Jackson's goal proving enough against Brighton. The Blues recorded their first competitive victory against the Seagulls since 2020 in a battling performance.
The Blues were not mesmerising and probably even looked vulnerable for stretches of the game with Roberto De Zerbi's side ensuring Chelsea struggled in possession due to the press they had to face.
Mauricio Pochettino's side were dogged when required however, and still had chances of their own. The combination between Cole Palmer and Jackson proved the most incisive as Chelsea managed their first goal in September for the win.
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Following defeat to Aston Villa, and Malo Gusto's red card, and Nicolas Jackson's fifth yellow card, Mauricio Pochettino noted that his team might have to grow up. Suspensions have added pressure to a team that is already stretched due to injury.
Notably, Jackson has picked up his bookings through actions that have not included a foul whether than be protestation to the referee, standing in front of a free kick or demanding a yellow card. With that said, some caution may have been expected by Chelsea's players when found in similar situations.
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However, Marcu Cucurella went storming to the referee when he was not awarded a free kick in his own half for Brighton to have an early chance. When Moises Caceido was dispossed following a Robert Sanchez pass, he similarly showed his fury some rapid movementRead on football.london