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Chelsea 3-1 Spurs (PL2)

Report from Cobham Training Centre

09 September 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Three goals in 18 second-half minutes saw Chelsea inflict defeat on our youngsters at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League 2 on Friday night (September 9).

After a scrappy first period, the Blues took the lead from the penalty spot through Jay Dasilva with Isaac Christie-Davies and Fikayo Tomori soon adding to their advantage.

Substitute Ryan Loft went close to pulling one back while goalkeeper Tom Glover kept out a fierce strike from Chelsea’s Ike Ugbo before Shayon Harrison netted a consolation from the penalty spot with the last kick of the game – our only shot on target.

Key action

Save: Glover does well to deny Christie-Davies - 37mins
The only real time either goalkeeper was tested in a somewhat disjointed first period was on 37 minutes when Christie-Davies ploughed his way to the edge of the box and drilled a low shot towards the bottom corner. The ball skimmed off the turf, forcing Glover to stretch low down to his right to push it behind. Previously, Mason Mount was off-target for the hosts with a pair of free-kicks, which came either side of Connor Ogilvie's departure due to injury with only nine minutes gone. Midfielder Zenon Stylianides stepped off the bench and dropped in at left-back in his place.

Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Spurs - Jay Dasilva (pen) - 55mins
Glover pushed an angled shot from half-time substitute Ugbo wide just after the restart but he was powerless to do anything about Dasilva's penalty on 55 minutes after Christian Maghoma was adjudged to have clipped the heels of Josimar Quintero as he glided into the box. Glover dived the right way but couldn't keep the ball out.

Goal: Chelsea 2-0 Spurs - Isaac Christie-Davies - 61mins
The Blues doubled their lead just after the hour mark as Kyle Scott's angled shot from the right side of the box was parried upwards by Glover with the ball dropping kindly for Christie-Davies, who simply had to nod it into the net from a couple of yards out.

Above: Joe Pritchard in action.

Goal: Chelsea 3-0 Spurs - Fikayo Tomori - 73mins
We made changes in an attempt to find a way back into the contest but while the introduction of Ryan Loft undoubtedly gave us more of a presence up front with his strong running and ability to win headers, the Blues extended their lead when Mount's back-heel down Chelsea's right side left our defenders standing and Tomori stroked a shot across goal and into the far corner. Moments earlier, Ugbo’s effort on the counter-attack was tipped over by Glover.

Goal: Chelsea 3-1 Spurs – Shayon Harrison (pen) – 90+5mins
Both sides had chances in the closing moments with Loft being played in by fellow substitute Tashan Oakley-Boothe who, along with Chelsea-born Samuel Shashoua, was making his debut at this level. The front man powered forward but dragged his shot wide under pressure while Ugbo chested the ball down in our box and fired fiercely towards goal but straight at Glover. Deep into stoppage time, though, we pulled a goal back as Marcus Edwards was clipped by Dasilva in the area and Harrison sent Chelsea goalkeeper Brad Collins the wrong way with the resulting penalty.

Coach Ugo Ehiogu said

“Today probably told us more about how some of the players react in adversity and that’s the element that we need to improve on. Certainly a number of them need to make sure today’s game is analysed truthfully and with honesty. The disappointing thing is they’ve received a lot of praise over the last few weeks in training and in games but today’s performance is not one that can be seen again.

“We got pulled around a lot and we need to review a few things because we looked bereft of energy. I didn’t think we showed our values today – being hard to beat and desperate to win. This is Stamford Bridge we’re playing at and when you’re missing those core ingredients it’s an uphill battle. It’s a shame because there’s now no game for 10 days and we’re left to reflect on that performance. The players have got to stand up and there has to be a positive reaction once the dust settles.”

The disappointing thing is they’ve received a lot of praise over the last few weeks in training and in games but today’s performance is not one that can be seen again.

Ugo Ehiogu

Match data

Chelsea: Collins, Tomori, T Chalobah, Clarke-Salter, Dasilva, Quintero, Maddox (Ugbo 46), Scott (Ali 90+2), Wakefield, Mount (Muheim 74), Christie-Davies. Substitutes (not used): Sterling, Baxter (GK).

Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie (Stylianides 9), Owens (Oakley-Boothe 65), Maghoma, Walkes, Edwards, Pritchard (Loft 65), Harrison (c), Tracey, Shashoua. Substitute (not used): McDermott (GK).

Goals: Chelsea - Dasilva 55 (pen), Christie-Davies 61, Tomori 73; Spurs – Harrison 90+5 (pen).

Yellow card: Spurs - Tracey 57.

Referee: Robert Whitton.

Next up

We return to action at Stevenage a week on Monday (September 19) with Liverpool in opposition. The Reds got their Premier League 2 season up and running with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal just before the international break, having previously suffered consecutive 4-1 defeats to Chelsea and Southampton. Before they meet us, they host Leicester City this Sunday.