?Frank Lampard won his first home game of the season in the Premier League, as his Chelsea side ran out 2-0 winners against Brighton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard’s men started strongly and appeared the more likely of the two to open the scoring. With 14 minutes on the clock, Mason Mount swing in a delicious cross that Tammy Abraham met, but he saw his header come back out off the inside of the post.
Brighton looked bright on the counter and had a few chances of their own in the first half, with Neil Maupay causing havoc up front. However, the hosts continued to push forward, with Ross Barkley among others wasting glorious chances.
After the restart, Chelsea had a greater intensity to their play and were immediately rewarded for a positive start when Mount was fouled by Adam Webster inside the penalty area. Jorginho stepped up and cooly slotted home to give his side the lead.
The match opened up and both sides had chances to score, with Dan Burn’s header hitting the bar. But, Lampard’s men doubled their lead after 75 minutes through Willian’s deflected strike. From that moment, the away side looked deflated and the score could have been worse, but it ended 2-0.
Here’s the breakdown of the game.
Key Talking Point
Frank Lampard came into the game knowing that he is yet to record a victory at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League this season – and he must have been hoping that this run would end against Brighton.
In all truthfulness, the Blues could and, probably, should have been out of sight by the time half-time came around. Tammy Abraham, Willian, Pedro and Marcos Alonso all had opportunities to open the scoring, but it was Ross Barkley who had the best chance in the opening 45. In total, the home side had 17 shots on goal in the first period, but only four were on target.
Of course, the Blues did end up scoring twice and were able to claim all three points, but this lack of ruthlessness in front of goal will be something that will be highly disconcerting for both fans and Frank Lampard.
How we’re not winning I do not know. We’ve missed too many chances, in this game and others this season. Need to improve our finishing #CFC #Chelsea
— Chloe Pearce (@TheBlueLioness) September 28, 2019
Under Graham Potter, it has become abundantly clear that the Seagulls won’t shy away from having possession. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Despite seeing very little of the ball in the early exchanges, the Brighton players always looked to utilise possession in the most positive manner they could. And they benefited from this, getting into some good areas, but it was the end product that was lacking.
Defensively, this possession-based game can lead to mistakes and this cost the Seagulls. Instead of clearing his lines, Webster looked to play a pass only five yards out from his goal, but the ball was taken off him and he couldn’t help bringing down Mount as he tried to recover. It was a case of naivety from the defender and he was punished.