Brighton 1-1 Chelsea: Lack of consistency, Lampard side got stunned late by an incredible bicycle kick
Goal-shy winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored for a second game running as Brighton battled to a point at home to Chelsea on Wednesday.
Lampard Lack of consistency is a concern, I’m not happy with the performance
Frank Lampard says Chelsea need to be more “ruthless” in front of goal after drawing 1-1 at Brighton on New Year’s Day.
“It was frustrating for different reasons.” Lampard told BT Sport after the game.
“In the first half, the game was there to be won. We weren’t ruthless enough. We got the goal and we had the possession. But we just didn’t kill the game off.
“We allowed them to stay in the game. In the end it was a wonder goal but we were lucky not to lose the game.
“In the end, the tactics matched up for both teams but they were better than us. We have to take that on the chin.”
Chelsea sit fourth in the table on 36 points, five ahead of Manchester United who have the chance to close the gap when they take on Arsenal in the late kick-off on New Year’s Day.
The Blues have now won just twice in their last six league games, losing three and drawing one. They’ve beaten London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, but have lost out to three sides in the bottom half of the table .
Alireza Jahanbakhsh stunned Chelsea with a late overhead-kick to earn Brighton and Hove Albion a hard-fought 1-1 draw on New Year’s Day.
The Iran winger ended his long wait for a first Brighton goal against Bournemouth on Saturday, celebrating with joyful tears, and his second quickly followed in a stylish start to 2020.
Chelsea looked to be easing towards a third straight Premier League away win after Cesar Azpilicueta’s early strike, failing to add to their lead but largely comfortable at the other end.
CLOSE! Alzate’s shot inches wide
Brighton go close! The hosts break quickly down the right flank after good work by Bissouma, before Alzate fires off a shot from 20 yards at an angle that deflects off Rudiger and trickles just wide of the far post.