NICOLAS JACKSON picked up a bizarre yellow card while on the BENCH during Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
A late showing from the Blues saw them maintain their epic winning streak over the Eagles, extending the run to 13 league matches.
Sky SportsNicolas Jackson was booked during Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace while on the bench[/caption]
Sky SportsJackson ran across the pitch to celebrate Chelsea’s third goal at Selhurst Park[/caption]
Sky SportsIt was Jackson’s ninth booking of the season, leaving him at risk of a two-game ban[/caption]
Former Palace loanee Gallagher struck twice as Chelsea came back from a goal down, with Enzo Fernandez putting the finishing touches on a job well done at Selhurst Park.
The Argentine’s 94th minute effort came just moments after Gallagher broke the deadlock with his second of the night.
And it sparked wild celebrations among fans and players as the result was confirmed.
However, in the aftermath, it emerged that Chelsea striker Jackson had picked up a yellow card.
That’s despite being subbed off the field 15 minutes earlier.
It emerged that Jackson, who only returned from Afcon duty with Senegal last week, sprinted the length of the pitch while in his tracksuit to celebrate Fernandez’s goal with his teammates.
The breach of leaving the technical area was quickly spotted by match officials.
And Jackson, 22, was swiftly handed his ninth booking of the season, leaving him just one yellow card away from a TWO match suspension.
Fans found the situation hilarious, with one saying: “Jackson found a way to get booked on the bench, incredible.”
Another boomed: “How did Jackson get booked on the bench?”
One noted: “Jackson getting booked 15 minutes after coming off is hilarious.”
Another added: “I’m a big fan of Jackson getting booked for running across the pitch to celebrate a goal. Maverick.”
Jackson’s first ban came in September after he picked up five yellows in just six matches.
Pochettino had warned him just a week before the fifth booking that he must control his behaviour on the pitch.
Chelsea’s boss declared: “I said (to Jackson) ‘come on, for a striker to have four yellow cards, to protest, to talk with the referee. You need to get some yellow cards for different actions not because of that’.
“It’s so easy, so cheap. He could put the team in a really difficult situation. He understood. But Jackson is 22, he is young, he needs to learn, to improve.
“He is going to be a fantastic player, but he needs time. Jackson is a fantastic player but he needs to be relaxed in front of goal.”
Jackson joined Chelsea from Villarreal for £32million last summer and has nine goals in 26 games.
He started off playing as a striker under Pochettino but has since moved to a new role on the left wing.