Moments missed from Chelsea’s late and dramatic victory at Selhurst Park over London rivals Crystal Palace with goals from Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez on the night.
“Because every little thing is going to be alright. Don’t worry about a thing,” the words from the brilliant Bob Marley rang around Selhurst Park at half-time.
One of the most famous songs of all-time, ‘Three Little Birds’, was bellowing from the stadium’s speakers just before kick-off in the second-half.
The lyrics, some of the most well-known words to have ever left a musician’s mouth, feel apt right now for the situation Chelsea Football Club are in.
There has been – and rightfully so – many questions asked about this group of players, the head coach, the board, pretty much everything at the club.
But performances like that on Monday night, albeit for only 45 minutes, and the one against Aston Villa last week, remind every single Chelsea supporter that perhaps everything is going to be alright.
There is an element of ‘don’t get carried away’ because with a Premier League trip to Manchester City and a Carabao Cup final against Liverpool on the horizon, things could look very different in a short space of time.
But it is these reminders, from this young group of hugely talented footballers, that Chelsea supporters are relying on right now.
It was, in the end, a great night at Selhurst Park for those involved with Chelsea. A sort of night that could really galvanize a group of players. And with that said, Bobby Vincent takes you through some moments you may have missed from the dramatic victory.
Jackson cannot control himself.
Nicolas Jackson, who was taken off the pitch after playing 79 minutes in south London, could not control himself after Enzo Fernandez wrapped the game up in stoppage-time.
Enzo stayed typically calm in front of goal and placed the ball past Dean Henderson to add Chelsea’s third of the night – and if there was any doubt, the game was done.
Jackson, from the bench, sprinted the whole width of the pitch as he could not control himself, wanting to get in on the celebrations with his teammates and the travelling Chelsea supporters.
The Senegal international, in turn, picked up his ninth yellow card of the season, meaning he is now just one booking away from a two-game suspension.
Jamie Carragher, who was alongside Chelsea icon Petr Cech in the Sky Sports Monday Night Football studio, seemed flabbergasted by what Jackson did. “Oh no. Was he [celebrating with his teammates]? He was booked? Oh no,” Carragher said.
Pochettino confused at half-time
There were numerous reasons why Mauricio Pochettino may have been confused at the half-time break. Number one, what did he just see from his Chelsea team in the first-half?
“I think so [Chelsea deserved to win] on the second-half,” Pochettino said after the game. “First-half, no. First-half, we were so disappointed. The performance wasn’t great. We were so slow and we were so flat and very disappointed.”
So it is abundantly clear that the Argentine was not a happy man at half-time and after rallying his players up, he would have liked to get on with the football. But there was a rather bizarre delay at the break.
Michael Oliver, the referee at Selhurst Park, had some technology that needed to be sorted out before the game could restart. It went on for about 10 minutes and it meant both sets of players had to kick a ball around as they waited patiently on the pitch.
In fact, the aforementioned ‘Three Little Birds’ cameo was because of this. Supporters around the stadium were left confused and the person in charge of the music at Selhurst Park thought on their feet and pressed play.
Pochettino, though, seemed confused by what was happening.
The Chelsea head coach stuck his head down the little entrance where Oliver, and the man trying to fix his technology, were and clearly asked ‘what is going on?’.
Fortunately it was not too long after that the game restarted. And Chelsea came out a completely different side in the second-half – which made Pochettino much happier.
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