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Nicolas Jackson's performance secures crucial cup triumph for Chelsea against Brighton

Chelsea secured a 1-0 victory against Brighton in the Carabao Cup, ending their goal drought and providing relief for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

In a much-needed respite for Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino's team secured a 1-0 victory against Brighton in the third round of the Carabao Cup, thanks to Nicolas Jackson's second-half goal. Despite Roberto De Zerbi's high-flying visitors dominating possession for most of the game, Chelsea displayed an effective counter-attacking style at Stamford Bridge.

After going three games without scoring, Chelsea finally broke their goal drought when Jackson found the back of the net early in the second half. Cole Palmer provided the assist, setting up Jackson for a composed finish into the corner. This goal not only ended Jackson's personal struggles in front of goal but also showcased his ability to drop deep and create critical final-third passes, something that Chelsea has been lacking, resulting in only five league goals in six games.

Chelsea's early dominance was evident when Jackson had an early chance on goal, hitting a left-footed drive that deflected over the bar. However, Robert Sanchez, one of three former Brighton players in the Chelsea lineup, almost gifted his former side the lead twice in the first half. First, he passed the ball straight to Joao Pedro, who chipped it just inches over the bar, and then he put Moises Caicedo under pressure, leading to a dispossessed opportunity for Brighton.

Despite Brighton's occasional threats, including a defense-splitting pass from Caicedo to Mykhailo Mudryk, who was expertly stopped by Tariq Lamptey, Chelsea looked determined to secure the win. Mudryk, in turn, provided an opportunity for Palmer, who side-footed wide under pressure from Igor Julio.

Chelsea's season had started off poorly, marking their worst start in 45 years. However, five minutes into the second half, it seemed like relief had finally arrived for Pochettino's team. This was only the third time this season that they had taken the lead, and they had a chance to extend it when Mudryk won the ball through energetic midfield pressing and set Jackson free. Unfortunately, the goalkeeper made a great save, denying Jackson a second goal.

Although Chelsea thought they had scored a second goal when Jackson slotted home from Palmer's pass, the celebrations were cut short by an offside flag. Brighton had late opportunities to equalize, with Pervis Estupinan running the ball to the byline, but no one was able to capitalize on his cross. Pedro also had a chance to level the score, but his volley went over the bar.

In the end, Chelsea held on to secure the victory, giving Pochettino some much-needed breathing room. This win came at the perfect time for Chelsea, providing them with a boost after a difficult start to the season under Pochettino's management.

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