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Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

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Brighton and Hove Albion v Chelsea - Premier League Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Chelsea jumped out to a quick two-goal lead, then had a few adventures at the back before finishing the on an even keel with the spirited hosts who’ve had two decent-ish penalty shouts, though unlike the referee on Wednesday, Jonny Moss chose inaction in both cases instead (he did book Schelotto for dissent after the second one).

The front three of Hazard-Batshuayi-Willian have looked effervescent at times, most notably on Chelsea’s second goal, which could easily be a nominee for team-goal of the season. A couple other times they’ve come close to extending the lead, with Hazard looking his unplayable best at regular intervals — and also getting a penalty call waved away.

Penalty non-decisions aside, Chelsea have made life interesting after the excellent start with some sloppy play, inaccurate and lazy passing, and a few poor decisions including from backup goalkeeper Caballero, who did make up fro his adventures with a stellar save on a Brighton header. The hosts seem to have the run on Chelsea in set pieces, and we need to clean that up.

All that said, it’s 2-0 at the half, and that’s all that matters. Need to keep up the effort and the concentration and maybe get an early third goal to put this one in the bag.

COME ON, CHELSEA!