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Jackson heads the winner in five-goal thriller at the City Ground as the Blues win 2-3

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Nicolas Jackson’s header eight minutes from time secured all three points for Chelsea in a see-sawing match that started in carnival mood for the home side, but ended in a degree of frustration.

Earlier losses by Luton and Burnley all but secured Premier League action next season at the City ground.

They needed a point but the loss is not terminal as they have a vastly superior goal difference to Luton with a game in hand and three points ahead.

The frustration at the defeat means it’s technically not safety but I would not put any money on a 11-goal change around next week.

Chelsea played their part in an otherwise entertaining encounter – going ahead on eight minutes through Mykhailo Mudryk, before City turned on the pressure to take the lead before late strikes from substitute Raheem Sterling and Jackson sent the Chelsea faithful home down the M1 happy with thoughts of possible European football at SW6 a possibility..

Chris Wood almost increased the carnival atmosphere within two minutes of kick-off then a simple ball over the Chelsea defence saw the New Zealand striker free to run at goal.

But Djordje Petrovic was quick to get off his line and snaffle the ball on the edge of his area, before Wood has the chance to shoot.

The Blues were under the cosh in the early exchanges, but bizarrely with their first attack, on eight minutes, they scored.

A lovely Cole Palmer ball found Mykhailo Mudryk on the left. The Ukraine winger took a touch to take him just inside the Forest penalty area, and he stroked a sublime curling daisy-cutter of a right footer, past Matz Sels.

After Benoit Badiashile needlessly gave a foul away, a simple free-kick by Morgan Gibbs-White was met by the unchallenged head of William Boly who nodded home.

But VAR decided to intervene for a potential offside.

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