The young goalkeeper ensured the hard work of his team-mates didn’t go unrewarded in Monday’s goalless Barclays Under-21 Premier League draw with the Blues – diving to his right to keep out Isaiah Brown’s header and then using his legs to block Tammy Abraham’s effort on the follow-up with 93 minutes on the watch.
There was still time for Luke Amos to come up with a goal-line clearance from the resulting corner as we made a defensive end to a spirited performance against our London rivals.
Reflecting on his late heroics, 19-year-old custodian Luke said: “It was a good header to my right and as the keeper in that situation you just react, really.
“The second one on the follow-up you could say was a bit lucky as it was hit straight at me, but you earn your luck in the game and it was a good feeling.”
Daniel Akindayini earlier went close for us on a couple of occasions, with our fast start to the second half in particular causing problems for Chelsea.
“We said at half-time that we wanted to come out and put them on the back foot like they had done to us for 25 minutes in the first half,” Luke added.
“I thought we did that and Dan did well up top by holding everything up.
“In the first half they had the better chances, they caught us on the counter a couple of times, but we had some good chances as well and I thought their keeper did well to keep us at bay.
“In the second half we had the better opportunities, more possession and controlled the game.”