Chelsea midfielder, Cole Palmer has urged his team to build upon their “big win” over Brighton.
Nicolas Jackson’s 51st minute strike from Palmer’s assist proved enough for Chelsea to scrape past Brighton to secure a Fourth Round spot, which will see them play Blackburn Rovers at home on either 31 October or 1 November.
“That’s a big win for us,’ commented Palmer after Chelsea failed to score in their previous three matches. “I think it’s somewhat of a relief, especially off the back of some poor results, to get the victory.”
The 21 year-old also made his first start since he joined from Manchester City this summer but believes that Chelsea’s win is a launchpad to build upon, as the Blues now prepare for a West London derby against Fulham in the Premier League at Craven Cottage on Monday 2 October (8pm BST).
“We’ve shown tonight, against a very good side, what we are all about and we just need to build on this performance now and hopefully get some more wins.”
“I’m really pleased to have played a part tonight and scoring and assisting is what I like to do,” continued Palmer, who described his involvement as “a big night” which felt “amazing.”
Palmer proceeded to praise Jackson for his winning goal as he explained his involvement: “I received the ball on the edge of the box and I just waited that split second, which gave me the space to find Nico.
“Full credit to him, it was a great finish and he deserved that. He had a couple of chances before his goal that he didn’t take but he didn’t shy away and on another night he could have scored more than just the one. I’m really pleased for Nico.”
Manager, Mauricio Pochettino deployed Palmer in an uncharacteristic no.10 role but the youngster “enjoyed” the experience, as he admitted that he is “comfortable in any of the attacking positions.”
Palmer also iterated that he doesn’t care about which position he is played in as long as he contributes to the team, as he said: “”Whether that’s as a No.10, out wide on the left or right or even as striker, I’m happy to do a job for the team.
“I like to get on the ball and that role allows me to do that but wherever the manager needs me, I’m happy to play.”