Chelsea continued their fine record against Brighton with a 2-1 victory at the Amex Stadium to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League.
First-half goals from Pedro (17) and Eden Hazard (33), who suffered a late injury scare, sent Maurizio Sarri’s side on their way to victory but Solly March pulled one back for the hosts in the 66th minute to set up a nervy finish.
Chelsea, who were forced to take Hazard off after he was caught on the ankle by Dale Stephens’ late challenge, held on for all three points to stay fourth, seven points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Brighton, who stay 13th in the league, are still looking for their first win over Chelsea in any competition since January, 1933.
Brighton: Ryan (6), Montoya (6), Dunk (7), Balogun (5), Bernardo (7), Stephens (6), Gross (6), Propper (6), Knockaert (7), Murray (6), March (7).
Subs: Andone (6), Bissouma (n/a), Locadia (n/a).
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (7), Azpilicueta (6), Rudiger (7), Luiz (7), Alonso (6), Kante (6), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6), Willian (7), Hazard (8), Pedro (8).
Subs: Loftus-Cheek (6), Barkley (6), Giroud (n/a).
Man of the match: Eden Hazard
Hazard was at the heart of Chelsea’s brilliant first-half performance. He produced his fourth assist in as many Premier League games in the 17th minute, producing an exquisite pass across the face of goal to hand Pedro the easiest of finishes at the far post.