Eden Hazard scored twice as Chelsea eased previous Brighton on Saturday lunchtime to assert their first win of 2018.
The guests – with out the suspended Alvaro Morata – made a storming begin on the Amex Stadium, scoring twice within the opening six minutes.
Hazard struck first with the 100th league purpose of his profession; the Belgian playmaker lashing house from contained in the Brighton field after Victor Moses’ cross was diverted into his path.
Willian then rapidly doubled the guests’ benefit with a thumping effort after some glorious build-up play involving Hazard and Michy Batshuayi.
Ezequiel Schelotto had two sturdy penalty shouts for Brighton earlier than the break, with the hosts livid at referee Jonathan Moss waving away each appeals.
Davy Propper then hit the woodwork shortly after half-time as Chris Hughton’s aspect fought laborious to get again within the sport.
However Hazard put the sport to mattress 13 minutes from time when he ran unchallenged into the Brighton space earlier than sweeping the ball previous Mat Ryan.
And with full-time approaching substitute Charly Musonda’s effective ball despatched Moses clear by means of to slip in quantity 4 and seal an emphatic return to successful methods.