Chelsea rode their luck at times against an impressive Roberto De Zerbi side who dominated possession and have cause for complaint after Lesley Ugochuwku miraculously avoided a red card in first-half stoppage time.
It was an important victory for Chelsea, who hadn’t won or even scored a goal in their last three matches before Wednesday night.
Nizaar Kinsella was at Stamford Bridge witnessing an important Chelsea victory.
Robert Sanchez - 4
Booed on his every touch, the Spain international had his toughest game in a Chelsea shirt. Struggled badly with his playing out from the back.
Marc Cucurella - 5
Struggled out of position, out of form and while marking Kaoru Mitoma. He did, however, show good fighting spirit.
Axel Disasi - 6
One of the better performers but struggled to progress the ball up the pitch against an accomplished Brighton press.
Levi Colwill - 6
Similarly struggled to pass against such quality but defended well.
Ben Chilwell - 6
Making his first competitive start for Pochettino in his favoured left-back position, Chilwell put in an energetic but unremarkable performance.
Lesley Ugochukwu - 5
Lucky to escape a red card for a heavy studs-up tackle on Carlos Baleba and even more remarkable considering he was already booked.
Moises Caicedo - 6
Also booed on his every touch but regained the ball well without being good in possession.
Ian Maatsen - 6
An accomplished performance where he helped his fellow out-of-position defender Cucurella defensively on the right-hand side.
Cole Palmer - 8
An exceptional first start for the £40million signing from Manchester City. His assist for Jackson’s goal was a work of art after some wonderful creative play in midfield.
Mykhailo Mudryk - 7
The 22-year-old was an outlet by winning free-kicks constantly through his dribbling. Had a good early shot on goal and almost won a penalty.
Nicolas Jackson - 8
Started with a real purpose to change the narrative after a difficult start to his time at Chelsea. Ultimately rewarded for his efforts after taking a chance that was put on a plate by Palmer.
Enzo Fernandez - 6
Battled to help his team over the line from the bench.
Conor Gallagher - 6
Played on the right wing, helping his team maintain a lead under pressure.
Raheem Sterling - 5
Barely touched the ball after coming on in a thankless task to maintain a lead from the bench.
Armando Broja - N/A
Unused subs: Petrovic, Brooking, Gilchrist, Matos, Washington, Broja.