Chelsea manager Graham Potter suffered a nightmare return to Brighton as the Seagulls thrashed the Blues 4-1 on Saturday.
Home supporters were heard booing their old manager and chanted, ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’, as the hosts went 3-0 up by half-time.
It was a day to forget for Potter as he made his return to Brighton just seven weeks after his surprise departure to take over at Chelsea.
His first experience in the away dugout at the Amex quickly turned into a nightmare, as the Seagulls scored twice in the opening 15 minutes of pure chaos.
Brighton have struggled for goals since Roberto De Zerbi was appointed as Potter’s replacement, but Leandro Trossard delivered again.
Pouncing on a loose ball from Chelsea, Brighton surged up the pitch and Japanese winger Kaoru Mitoma drove into the penalty area with the ball before passing a clever ball square to Trossard, who rounded Kepa Arrizabalaga and slotted in with a precise finish into the bottom corner.
That goal meant Trossard – who scored a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Liverpool in De Zerbi’s first game – became the first player in Premier League history to score a manager’s first five goals in charge of a club.
It could have been a whole lot worse for Chelsea, though, if it wasn’t for Thiago Silva, who was back to clear off the line TWICE before Trossard’s opener.
It was soon 2-0 as Ruben Lofus-Cheek clumsily turned the ball into his own net from a Brighton corner.
But the bedlam continued as Chelsea came roaring back – or tried to, at least.
Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez was forced into two huge saves to deny the Blues a comeback, while both Conor Gallagher and Christian Pulisic both missed sitters.
Seagulls star Moises Caicedo later had the woodwork rattling as he clattered the post with a thumping shot.
With 30 minutes of the clock, it could very easily have been 4-4.
But instead, Brighton went into the half-time break with a 3-0 lead thanks to another Blues own-goal – this time from Trevoh Chalobah who slid the ball into his own net from Pervis Estupinan’s cross.
Kai Havertz threatened to spark a comeback for the visitors by pulling one back early in the second-half.
And an incredibly wasteful Chelsea side did have enough chances to get something from the game.
But Brighton had more a deservedly grabbed a fourth when a calamity of Chelsea errors allowed Pascal Gross to add a fourth in stoppage time.
It means Potter loses his ten-game unbeaten start with the Blues in the worst way imaginable.