Christian Pulisic admits a lack of in-game experience was one of the key reasons behind Chelsea letting two points slip away to Brighton and Hove Albion on New Year’s Day.
The midfielder was substituted with Frank Lampard’s side 1-0 ahead but, like his head coach, rued a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
Chelsea created a number of excellent chances that they failed to convert and the profligacy punished them in the end as Albion sub Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored a spectacular late overhead kick to earn Graham Potter’s side a point.
“After we scored the first goal it was just about continuing and just not stopping there, making it two or three and putting the game to bed,” Pulisic said.
“We’ve had troubles with that this year and then in the end, they fought until the end, scored a great goal and that is how it goes.”
Pushed on whether a lack of knowhow was to blame and what can be done to learn how to kill such games off, the American added: “Just being clinical, experience and knowing how to manage a game.
“We said at half time that we had the chance to kill the game and we just weren’t able to. We couldn’t get the goal and in the end they found an unbelievable goal.
“It is doing a bit more to keep going, attack and create chances and just have that killer instinct. Just a little bit of that, we are missing that. I can do better with that as well. Just being more clinical in the final third, finding the right pass or shot and scoring the goals.”
Although he missed the Arsenal win due to a minor hamstring complaint, this was Pulisic’s first time playing throughout Christmas and he found the experience unusual.
“Yeah, it was a lot of games,” he added. “It is different than I am used to but I had some family [over] and I was able to enjoy it a little bit as well.
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