The longest domestic away game of the season is on Saturday as we travel to Newcastle. A week tonight we are at Malmo in the Champions League with the fixtures continuing to come thick and fast.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Saul, Alonso (c); Ziyech (Mount 67), Havertz, Barkley (Chilwell 67)
Unused subs Bettinelli, Sharman-Lowe, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Jorginho, Vale.
Scorer Havertz 44
Southampton (3-4-3): Forster; Valery, Lyanco, Salisu; Walker-Peters, S.Armstrong (c) (Smallbone 77), Diallo (Romeu 77), Djenepo (Livramento 83); Tella (Walcott 67), Adams (Long 66), A.Armstrong
Unused subs Lewis, Bednarek, Perraud, Redmond.
Booked Diallo 23, Djenepo 80, Forster 90+1
Scorer Adams 47
Referee Kevin Friend
Will Armitage who was playing centre-back for Cheltenham did have a rare chance for his side as he had a free header but failed to get enough power on it, giving Wady the opportunity to make a good save sharp to his left.
Another opportunity was cretaed by May as he took a shot from 25 yards out and it only just cleared Wady’s bar. Despite not having possession for most of the game the Robins few openings gave them confidence.
After McEachran gave away a free-kick, a well-worked move found its way to substitute Ellis Chapman and his left-footed shot which he tried to bend to the far corner was weak.
This gave the crowd a reason to shout and the louder atmosphere certainly was helping the home side. The dangerman May almost scored a wonder goal as his volley in the box beat keeper Wady but only just missed the bottom corner. Despite being already eliminated from the competition, the Robins were giving a good account of themselves in the final moments of the game.
The League One side were looking the side more likely to get the win, as they began to put pressure on our side. A last ditch challenge from Brooking stopped Norton who is on loan from Stoke City in the Championship from pulling the trigger in what looked like a certain goal.
In the last minute of normal time, Baker did have a good chance to give us the lead. McEachran picked out Baker on the edge of the area and his attempted caress of the ball to the far corner was inches from going in.That was the last chance of the game, and the game ended 0-0 with both sides probably feeling that they could have won it. Despite the draw, as is customary in the EFL Trophy, a penalty shoot-out follows a draw to decide who gets one point.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr; Hudson-Odoi, Kovacic, Saul, Alonso (c); Ziyech, Havertz, Barkley.
Subs: Bettinelli, Sharman-Lowe, Chilwell, Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Jorginho, Mount, Vale.
Southampton: Forster, Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Walker-Peters, S.Armstrong (c), Diallo, Tella, Djenepo, A.Armstrong, Adams.
Subs: Lewis, Bednarek, Livramento, Smallbone, Perraud, Romeu, Redmond, Walcott, Long.
The referee is Kevin Friend.
This season’s Carabao Cup campaign
Second round Newport County (a) W 8-0
Third round Sheffield United (a) D 2-2 (won 4-2 on pens)
2021/22 Carabao Cup scorers
Elyounoussi 3, Broja 2, Tella 1, Diallo 1, Redmond 1, Salisu 1, Walker-Peters 1
Carabao Cup third round line up
Tuesday 21 September 2021
Sheffield United 2 Southampton 2 (Southampton won 4-2 on pens after 90 minutes)
Team (4-2-3-1): Forster; Valery, Lyanco (Bednarek 74), Salisu, Perraud; Diallo, Romeu; Tella (Adams 81), Redmond (Ward-Prowse h/t), Djenepo; Broja
Scorers: Diallo 23, Salisu 53
Southampton have failed to win any of their last nine games in London, losing six of them.
Southampton have won two of their 11 games in league and cup this season, plus a Carabao Cup match on penalties. Chelsea’s win earlier this month is one of three defeats.
Trevoh Chalobah is one of only three players to have scored against Southampton in the first half of a game this season. The others were Enda Stevens for Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup, and Maxwel Cornet last weekend for Burnley.
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