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What co-owner Todd Boehly did at full-time as Chelsea fans inside Stamford Bridge fume at 2-1 loss to Brighton



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Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly was spotted in the stands in conversations with disgruntled fans after their deserved 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.

Frank Lampard fell to his third successive defeat since taking charge of the Blues on an interim basis despite Chelsea taking a 13th minute lead through Conor Gallagher, who saw his effort deflect off of Lewis Dunk.

Brighton’s dominance paid off in the capital as goals from Danny Welbeck and Julio Enciso completed the comeback for the Seagulls, who completed a league double following a 4-1 win at the Amex Stadium back in October.

It was the first time in Brighton is 122-year history that they had beaten Chelsea in the league game at Stamford Bridge.

Frustrations are growing around Chelsea following the recent results, which system also on the verge of exiting the Champions League

Chelsea have spent over £600 million since the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership took over last May. Two managerial sackings already this season have seen the club plunged into chaos, although there have been attempts and movements to weather the storm throughout the campaign.

After the 2-1 defeat to Brighton, fans let their frustrations known after shouting at Boehly in the West Stand Upper of Stamford Bridge.

He was seen in conversations with unhappy supporters as he raised his arms before exiting back inside.

The Chelsea co-controlling owner was pictured of walking across the pitch at full-time and down into the tunnel, reportedly going inside the dressing room.

Caretaker boss Frank Lampard berated his squad at full-time, slamming them for a disappointing defeat, leaving the Blues in 11th place.

He told BBC Sport: “I’m disappointed on every level. The better team won. They could have won by more. They played like a team. They’ve been together a long time.

“Not good enough. All the basic parts of football – to fight, to run – we were short on. Not a question of commitment as such. We have a big game on Tuesday (against Real Madrid). There’s no point being too down but we have to understand why today went the way it did.

“Some players physically couldn’t be able to play Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday. Some of those changes were forced and some were opportunities. In a modern day squad you have to be ready to come in.

“As a team we were short today. Where can we get better quickly? For me it’s the football basics.

“In football a story can change very quickly. Real Madrid in the Champions League is the pinnacle of football. There’s things I’ll say to the players that I’ll keep in house. Chelsea fans will be coming on Tuesday to see a team give everything to turn it round and that’s what we have to do.”