Chelsea’s five-match profitable run obtained right here to an end as they’ve been held to a 0-0 draw by Brentford in Wednesday’s west London derby.
Graham Potter’s facet have been unable to protected their sixth successive victory in all competitions, nevertheless they didn’t lower than lengthen their unbeaten run beneath the earlier Brighton boss to seven matches.
Chelsea consolidated their keep on a top-four place throughout the Premier League with the hard-earned stage on the Brentford Community Stadium.
Encouragingly for Potter, the Blues have now gone 5 video video games with out conceding a goal after their defensive frailties beneath his predecessor Thomas Tuchel earlier this season.
However, there was moreover an hurt concern for Potter after England midfielder Conor Gallagher limped off throughout the first half, a well being blow that obtained right here merely days after N’Golo Kante was dominated out for quite a few months.
Potter had made 5 modifications from the facet which beat Aston Villa 2-0, with Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropping to the bench.
Brentford threatened early on when Ivan Toney had a header from Mads Roerslev’s cross tipped over the crossbar by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea had a let-off with 10 minutes of the first half remaining when Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s back-header from a free-kick inadvertently let Toney in.
The striker obtained to the ball sooner than Kepa nevertheless was unable to direct his header on the right track.
The closest Chelsea obtained right here to scoring in a low-key half was an angled drive from Cesar Azpilicueta which Bees keeper David Raya tipped throughout the far submit.
The Blues wanted a penalty for a Rico Henry handball, and one different when Kai Havertz tumbled beneath pressure from Ben Mee, nevertheless they obtained neither.
Brentford should have taken the lead 5 minutes into the second half when Bryan Mbeumo had a free header from one different Roerslev cross, nevertheless the Cameroon forward planted his header straight at Kepa.
From the nook, Mbeumo found Toney on the near submit nevertheless his strive at a glancing header flew large.
Potter made a triple substitution on the hour nevertheless there was nonetheless no sign of Aubameyang, with teenager Carney Chukwuemeka despatched on along with Sterling and Christian Pulisic.
It was Brentford who’ve been closest to snatching all three elements when Henry’s shot crashed into the side-netting.
Aubameyang was lastly despatched on with 10 minutes remaining nevertheless his solely half-chance was a low drive from outside the world which was merely gathered by Raya.
Spanish keeper Raya moreover beat away a swerving drive from Pulisic and saved collectively together with his ft from Chukwuemeka in stoppage-time to guard a deserved stage.
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