Kepa can only do so much as Chelsea are held by Brighton

Sunday, 05 Jan, 2020

Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on three first-team stars following the club's disappointing 1-1 Premier League draw against Brighton & Hove Albion on New Year's Day.

"We allowed them to feel like they are still in the game". We couldn't get the goal and in the end they found an unbelievable goal.

Three fans were arrested for alleged racist and homophobic abuse during Brighton's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on Wednesday.

The goal was Jahanbakhsh's second in two games as the Iranian seeks to exert his quality in Graham Potter's side. It showed the good and bad of us.

Chelsea enjoyed notable wins away at Tottenham and Arsenal in December, but they also lost to relegation-threatened West Ham, Everton, Southampton and Bournemouth. "We've had two great results over Christmas but there's a lot of work to do".

"Sometimes you can excuse a bad period in the game of [being down to] a lack of fight or a lack of urgency, a lack of whatever", he said.

'In the first half, the game was there to be won.

"So we'll be ready for that and hopefully we'll have players that come in and want to help us".

Christian Pulisic spurned a hatful of opportunities as the US forward repeatedly turned Brighton's defence inside-out, only to fail to deliver any end-product.

"We have to look at the game today".

Last month, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said that he would support his team if they made a decision to walk off the pitch if their players were being targeted by racist chanting from the stands.

Jahanbakhsh bagged his second goal in as many games as he continues to shrug off a previous 20-match league drought.

Jahanbakhsh nearly assisted the victor for Brighton a few minutes later, when his perfectly placed flat cross from the right found Maupay inside the box, but the striker's effort was saved by Kepa.

"It has been a really tough time for me". He's hugely professional and has worked extremely hard.

"I've done it and it just went in the right direction".

"I've been just looking back at the goal a couple of times", he said.