Chelsea 3 (Fernandez 17, 65 pen, Colwill 21) Brighton 2 (Buonanotte 43, Joao Pedro 92)
A last-second penalty denied by VAR, a player sent off in the first half, a controversial penalty that was given and angry scenes at the final whistle as rivals were pulled apart.
The bare facts are that 10-man Chelsea beat Brighton 3-2 to move up to 10th in the Premier League – despite seeing captain Conor Gallagher sent off after 41 minutes - and add another positive result to what has at times been a patchy start to the season under new management.
The goals included two from midfielder Enzo Fernandez and one from Levi Colwill, with Facundo Buonanotte and Joao Pedro (deep into injury time) replying for Albion.
The victory was only confirmed in the 10th minute of injury time when Brighton were given a penalty for handball by Colwill – but amid chaotic and confusing scenes it was withdrawn following intervention by VAR. Leading to a right old fracas as confused players shoved each other around after the final whistle.
How on earth do you pick all that up in a post-match press conference when you are drained by it all?
Mauricio Pochettino found it difficult but settled on what he liked from his team - including seeing his players rush into support each other in that post-match melee.
“It’s football, it’s emotional, and there was a lot of confusion,” he said.
“We needed this type of win to be a team. I’m pleased for that.
“People talk about the way we play but first you need to belong to the team, to the club. You need to grow and get experience. You need all that before you talk about the style of play. That comes after.
“I feel really proud of the character we showed. It was important to build confidence this way because we have aRead on irishexaminer.com