Hazard alert – Chelsea give Brighton & Hove Albion the boot

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 Chelsea 4

Albion learnt another harsh Premier League lesson this afternoon. Chelsea could have had at least three more goals.

For the first time this season a real gulf in class was evident as the current Premier League champions cut Albion open in the first few minutes.

Victor Moses cut the ball back, Dale Stephens failed to clear and there was Eden Hazard to rifle an unstoppable shot past Maty Ryan with less than three minutes gone.

Albion did launch an attack in response but Pascal Gross was well over with his effort.

Then came one of the greatest moments of collective skill ever seen at the Amex – a series of back heels and flicks from Willian, Michy Batshuayi and Hazard finally saw the ball fall perfectly for Willian whose swerving shot whipped inside Ryan’s far post for 0-2 with just six minutes gone.

With three at the back and Ezequiel Schelotto and Marcus Suttner as wing backs, Albion had set up with the intention of avoiding such a calamity.

Schelotto got forward and the first controversy of the match came as Willy Caballero rushed to meet him. It appeared the Chelsea keeper caught the Albion man’s ankle. Ref Jon Moss said no. Solly March crossed in the loose ball but Gross was unable to connect with Caballero stranded.

Not long after a brilliant Gross cross was met by the head of Tomer Hemed from close range but Caballero was equal to it with a brilliant strong hand to send the effort back into play and away.

Ryan then made a good stop from a Tiemoue Bakayoko shot. Soon after Shane Duffy met a Gross corner unchallenged but headed well wide.

Then another controversial moment as Schelotto pressed forward again and was certainly manhandled by Bakayoko but again Mr Moss waved away penalty appeals.

Schelotto was incensed and let the ref know. At one point it looked like Schelotto might walk off the pitch. In the end he was shown a yellow card.

In the second half Davy Propper hit the crossbar and Schelotto again made his own chances, just being foiled by Caballero.

Hazard seized on a Duffy mistake and ran half the length of the pitch to score a third.

Then in the dying moments Suttner looked like he had given up on tracking Moses, who added a fourth past Ryan unchallenged.

  1. Mark P Reply

    Nice one, you’ve posted an article to get a response and no one bothered (except me but I’m just feeling sorry for you). Big news – established very wealthy premiership team shit all over new boys with no premiership players. We’ll forget the fact that Brighton were fighting hard for the middle 70 mins and that it didn’t just appear that Caballero caught Schelotto (that’s what gave it away). Now it’s time for the clichés e.g. it’s a game of 90 mins. Brighton should be criticised for not getting 3 points against Stoke, Palace, Bournemouth etc. A 4-0 pasting by a top quality side is not unexpected, what’s unexpected is that only Chelsea and Liverpool have thrashed us. Better than I thought.

    Anyway I wish you more luck with your future trolling articles!

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