By Nairaland Forum Brighton provided another huge blow to Chelsea’s dwindling hopes of winning this season’s Premier League title by coming from behind to claim a well-deserved draw at the Amex Stadium.
Adam Webster found all the space he needed to head in from a corner in the second half and give the home side a point to reward a display full of energy and endeavour.
Thomas Tuchel’s side started poorly and lacked authority throughout, opening the scoring against the run of play through Hakim Ziyech’s well-struck low drive from outside the box.
But they failed to build on the moment, never looking assured, and for all their desperate intent simply could not find a way to restore their lead and claim the vital win.
The gap between the third-placed Blues and imperious leaders Manchester City is 12 points, with Thomas Tuchel’s side having played a game more – surely an insurmountable gulf.
Brighton are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions and continue to grow in confidence and class under Graham Potter.
Lifted by their equaliser, they looked the side far more likely to win the game in the final 30 minutes, instead having to settle for a point that leaves them on 29, three short of a European qualification spot.
Albion again demonstrate their progress under Potter
Brighton can take great pride in being the bookends for a 21-day period that has seen Chelsea’s title hopes dwindle.
The two points Albion have claimed from those games will do less for their own league standing than the four they have denied the Blues will do to damage theirs, but they are symbolic of the huge strides this side is taking under Potter.
In both of those games, Brighton have had to come from behind, but each time a draw was the least they deserved against a side packed with elite talent, managed by a coach Fifa consider the best in the world and with fresh memories of European glory.
At Stamford Bridge they managed 18 efforts at goal before Danny Welbeck nodded in the last of them in injury time.
The stats say they had eight shots in total at the Amex, but this barely does justice to the pressure they applied, the territory they claimed and the promising openings that went begging but for a misplaced pass or a last-gasp interception.
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