Chelsea 1-2 Brighton: Player ratings as Enciso thunderbolt gives Lampard the Blues

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Julio Enciso hit a sensational winner as Brighton and Hove Albion boosted their European qualification hopes with a 2-1 victory at Chelsea in the Premier League.

Paraguayan teenager Enciso’s 30-yard strike in the 69th minute completed a turnaround as the Seagulls claimed their first league win at Stamford Bridge and moved within four points of fifth-placed Tottenham.

The hosts had led through Conor Gallagher’s wickedly deflected effort, but that was cancelled out by substitute Danny Welbeck before half-time.

Despite ending a three-game scoreless streak, Chelsea remain 11th in the table under caretaker boss Frank Lampard and are now without a win in six matches.

Brighton carried the greater threat early on. Alexis Mac Allister twice shot wide from close range, while Evan Ferguson’s 20-yard effort rattled the crossbar.

After weathering the early storm, Chelsea broke through in the 13th minute following a sweeping move that saw Mykhailo Mudryk feed Gallagher, whose first-time shot looped in via Lewis Dunk.

The visitors threatened to level with Kepa Arrizabalaga producing smart reflex saves to thwart Ferguson and Kaoru Mitoma. But the equaliser eventually arrived three minutes before the break when Welbeck headed in a deep cross from Pascal Gross.

Chelsea almost regained their advantage in stoppage time, but the woodwork kept out Christian Pulisic’s fierce header.

Brighton were the more positive of the two sides again after the break. They almost nudged ahead on the hour mark, with the persistent Enciso hitting the post before Welbeck sent the rebound over, while Mudryk called Robert Sanchez into action at the other end.

But the Seagulls edged their noses ahead in emphatic fashion with what proved to be the winning goal, Enciso unleashing a thunderbolt that left Kepa grasping at thin air.

Chelsea player ratings (4-3-3)

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 8/10 – The only reason Chelsea weren’t four or five goals behind in the first half and ten or eleven by the final whistle. Excellent.

RB: Trevoh Chalobah – 3/10 – Ruined by Mitoma on a number of occasions apart from one excellent challenge midway through the first half.

CB: Wesley Fofana – 6/10 – Chelsea’s best defender for the most part but did not cover himself in glory for the equaliser.

CB: Benoit Badiashile – 3/10 – A poor clearance for the equaliser but hadn’t really inspired a lot of confidence before or after then anyway.

LB: Ben Chilwell – 3/10 – Seen arguing with Mudryk over positioning. Nowhere near his best at either end of the pitch.

DM: Enzo Fernandez – 5/10 – Chelsea’s main creative outlet in midfield had a tough battle up against Caicedo. Usually came off second-best.

CM: Denis Zakaria – 3/10 – Offered nothing in the midfield battle and left Chelsea hanging on at the back at times.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 5/10 – Scored a scrappy goal and put himself about without ever really offering anything of real quality, and yet was probably still Chelsea’s best attacker.

RW: Christian Pulisic – 2/10 – Largely uninvolved.

ST: Raheem Sterling – 2/10 – Didn’t offer much but wasn’t helped by Chelsea’s determination to fire crosses in towards him.

LW: Mykhailo Mudryk – 5/10 – A fast start which yielded the assist for Gallagher’s opener but faded as the game went on.


Substitutes

Mateo Kovacic (56′ for Fernandez) – 4/10 – Didn’t offer the sort of control asked of him.

Hakim Ziyech (56′ for Pulisic) – 5/10 – Fairly uninspiring.

Reece James (56′ for Fofana) – 5/10 – Not his usual self yet again but his introduction did at least coincide with a drop-off from Mitoma.

Joao Felix (56′ for Sterling) – 5/10 – Rarely involved.

Mason Mount (74′ for Zakaria) – 5/10 – A challenging cameo.


Manager

Frank Lampard – 3/10 – Prioritising the Real Madrid game is about the only thing Lampard got right here. Had absolutely no answer to anything Brighton were doing but kept his heavy hitters healthy for the game that really matters.


Brighton player ratings (4-2-3-1)

GK: Robert Sanchez – 6/10 – Unconvincing when stopping shots but his elite distribution was a real asset.

RB: Joel Veltman – 5/10 – Booked early on as part of his failed efforts to contain Mudryk before being forced off through injury midway through the first half.

CB: Lewis Dunk – 7/10 – Barely had to get out of second gear to keep control of Sterling. A nervy moment on the hour mark but atoned for his own error.

CB: Adam Webster – 6/10 – Similarly comfortable.

LB: Pervis Estupinan – 7/10 – A ferocious force down the left wing. Played a real role in Brighton’s dominance.

DM: Pascal Gross – 8/10 – Spent most of the game at right-back after Veltman’s injury but his deep crossing, including for the equaliser, was sensational

DM: Moises Caicedo – 9/10 – Hounded Fernandez all game long and got the rewards. His pressing kept Brighton in control all game long. Disruptive and effective.

RM: Solly March – 8/10 – Picked up the assist for Enciso’s glorious goal as part of what was an excellent showing.

AM: Alexis Mac Allister – 8/10 – Dropped deeper to replace Gross and pulled the strings as usual.

LM: Kaoru Mitoma – 7/10 – Tormented Chalobah with some sensational dribbling but his end product left a little to be desired. Quitened down after the break.

ST: Evan Ferguson – 6/10 – Injured himself late in the first half and saw his impressive performance brought to an abrupt end.


Substitutes

Julio Enciso (28′ for Veltman) – 7/10 – What a goal.

Danny Welbeck (39′ for Ferguson) – 7/10 – Scored almost instantly and led the line with real physicality.

Jan Paul van Hecke (86′ for Webster) – N/A


Manager

Roberto De Zerbi – 9/10 – Tactically tore Chelsea apart from start to finish. Forced into two early substitutions and both players went on to score.


Player of the match – Moises Caicedo (Brighton)

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