A first home league win under Frank Lampard and a first clean sheet of the season were the highlights of a positive afternoon at Stamford Bridge as Jorginho’s penalty and Willian’s deflected drive sealed three Premier League points for Chelsea.
It was an afternoon where emotions swung from frustration to celebration and then relief. The first period was dominated by the Blues but Mat Ryan, the Brighton goalkeeper, stood in the way of anything we could muster. Tammy Abraham went closest with a header glanced against the post, while Ross Barkley, Pedro and Marcos Alonso were also all denied.
Jorginho set us on the way with a penalty slotted in early in the second half after Mason Mount had been brought down in the box, while Willian’s first goal of the season on 76 minutes sealed the victory.
Brighton were close to equalising when Dan Burn nodded on to the crossbar with the score at 1-0, though a first clean sheet in 11 games was secured as Lampard’s men moved up to sixth.
Next up is a short trip to France for our Champions League meeting with Lille on Wednesday.
Andreas Christensen was passed fit to start after missing the midweek Carabao Cup win, though fellow defender Kurt Zouma fell ill on the morning of the match and midfielder N’Golo Kante was ruled out with a minor hamstring problem.
That meant there were three changes from the starting line-up against Liverpool six days previously with Alonso, who came on in that match for injured Emerson Palmieri, continuing at left-back, while Barkley and Pedro replaced Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Abraham began the weekend with the second-most Premier League goals in 2019/20 and continued to spearhead the Chelsea attack.