Monday 10 December 2018

Chelsea v Brighton - story of the match

Marcos Alonso, pictured bottom, and Alvaro Morata were on target against Brighton
Marcos Alonso, pictured bottom, and Alvaro Morata were on target against Brighton

Goals from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso secured a 2-0 win for Chelsea at home to Brighton.

Morata broke the deadlock in the first minute of the second half and Alonso struck on the hour to sink the promoted Seagulls.

An ultimately comfortable victory, Chelsea's fourth in five games, moved the Premier League champions within a point of second-placed Manchester United.

Tweet of the match

"#CHEBRI difference between #CFC and #ManCity this year? City would NEVER play two holding midfielders against Brighton #dire". C helsea fan, comedian and actor Omid Djalili takes issue with Antonio Conte's cautious tactics.

Star man - Eden Hazard

Brighton simply could not get to grips with the Belgium international, especially in the second half. Unlucky not to cap another all-star display with a goal.

Moment of the match

Just 51 seconds had elapsed in the second half when Morata got in between Brighton's centre-halves and met Cesar Azpilicueta's cross with a fine header to put Chelsea ahead.

Data point

Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 Boxing Day Premier League games. Brighton, by contrast, have not won on Boxing Day in their last nine attempts.

Ratings

Chelsea: Courtois 6 (out of 10), Azpilicueta 7, Cahill 6, Rudiger 6, Moses 6, Kante 7, Fabregas 6, Bakayoko 5, Alonso 7, Hazard 8, Morata 7. Subs: Willian (for Hazard, 73) 6, Batshuayi (for Morata, 82) 5, Drinkwater (for Kante, 85) 5.

Brighton: Ryan 6, Schelotto 6, Duffy 6, Dunk 6, Suttner 6, Propper 6, Stephens 6, Kayal 5, Izquierdo 5, March 6, Hemed 5. Subs: Gross (for Kayal, 73) 6, Murray (for Hemed, 80) 5, Knockaert (for March, 82) 5.

Who's up next?

Chelsea v Stoke (Premier League, December 30)

Newcastle v Brighton (Premier League, December 30)

Who is your sportstar of the year?

Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.

Prizes include, a trip to Old Trafford to watch Man United take on Liverpool in the Premier League, tickets to Ireland's home games in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.

Simply click here to register your vote

Press Association

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport