PL2 report: Chelsea 0 Blackburn Rovers 1

Chelsea had been dominating for the first 20 minutes as we had Blackburn camped in their own half, however things took a turn for the worse, as Xavier Simons was sent off with a second yellow card for a loose arm to the face.

Blackburn were looking to take advantage of the extra man as they created their first openings of the second half. Good work on the left from Blackburn led to a shot in the box which required Lowe to save again. Immediately after that, a mistimed header from the Blackburn striker Burns when he was in acres of space, left Chelsea very fortunate to only be a goal down.

Chelsea did wrestle back some sort of control however, as Rankine, Mbuyamba and Musonda all had openings to secure an equaliser despite us being a man down.
We just failed to create enough clear-cut opportunities over the course of the game to really trouble Blackburn and their backline.

There was, however, time for a late chance for Blackburn who on the counter after a well-worked move fired against Lowe’s left-hand post.
This loss is now our development sides’ fourth loss this season as Blackburn jump above Chelsea and Liverpool into 10th place as they win their first game of the season at Cobham.

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1): TED SHARMAN-LOWE XAVIER SIMONS, JOSHUA BROOKING, XAVIER MBUYAMBA, BRYANT BILONGO – Trialist (LEWIS HALL), GEORGE MCEACHRAN, HARVEY VALE (C), LEWIS BAKER, BRYAN FIAMBEMA (JUDE SOONSUP-BELL), CHARLY MUSONDA, GEORGE NUNN (DION RANKINE).

Unused Subs: Lucas Bergstrom, Brodi Hughes.

Booked: XAVIER SIMONS, GEORGE McEACHRAN

BLACKBURN ROVERS (4-2-3-1): AIDAN DOWLING, JOSEPH FERGUSON, LENNI CIRINO, JAKE AGRRETT, ASHLEY PHILLIPS, LOUIE ANNESLEY (c), JARED HARLOCK, JOE NOLAN, SAMUEL BURNS, SAMUEL DURRANT, ZAK GILSEMAN.

Scorer(s): Samuel Burns

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