Hosts find the winner
A goal each heading in to the last 15 minutes made the remaining moments a very attack-minded affair as the search for the winning goal intensified and to Chelsea’s frustration it was Derby who hit home first.
A long ball over the Blue back line sent Cresswell racing through on goal and the forward reached it before Ziger could. With the ball at his feet unopposed he had the easy task of finding the empty net which he did. The goal left little time for Chelsea to respond as Derby’s defence returned to the compact unit which started the evening’s game and sealed the three points at the Loughborough University Stadium.
Chelsea 3-4-2-1 Karlo Ziger; Dujon Sterling, Dynel Simeu (c), Levi Colwill; Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, George McEachran, George Nunn (Dion Rankine 71); Thierno Ballo (Jude Soonsup-Bell 60), Harvey Vale; Bryan Fiabema (Ben Elliott 88)
Unused subs Ethan Wady, Pierre Ekwah-Elimby
Booked Sterling 25, Colwill 85
Scorer McEachran 37
Derby George Sykes-Kenworthy, Festy Ebosele, Archie Brown, Harrison Solomon, Jordan Brown (c), Joe Bateman, Osazee Aghatise, Connor Dixon (Bobby Duncan 66), Cameron Cresswell, Liam Thompson, Dylan Williams
Unused subs Harry Halwax, Max Bardell, Eiran Cashin
Booked Bateman 44
Scorer Cresswell 63, 87
Referee Andrew Kitchen
Our rearranged PL2 fixture against Leicester has been scheduled to take play on Friday 26 February, with kick-off at the Leicester City Training Ground set for 7pm.