Development Squad: Chelsea 1-1 Oxford United (Chelsea win 13-12 on penalties)

November 8, 2016

For a dead-rubber in a much-maligned competition, that wasn’t bad. Chelsea’s Checkatrade Trophy campaign came to an end on Tuesday evening with what should have been an unremarkable home date against League One promotion hopefuls Oxford United but, in front of a Stamford Bridge crowd of more than 6,000, the two teams played out a 13-12, seventeen-round penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. The Blues deservedly prevailed to give themselves…


The Loan Report: October 31 – November 6

November 6, 2016

A quieter-than-usual loan week still produced two more goals, edging us ever closer to the half-century mark for the season. Goals 48 and 49 were scored by left-footed forwards who are experiencing rather different campaigns so far. Headliners Christian Atsu’s move north to Newcastle United has, for him, gone particularly well. The Ghanaian winger has spent much of the past two years nursing various injuries and ailments, somewhat stalling the…


Under-18s: Brighton & Hove Albion 1-3 Chelsea

November 4, 2016

Chelsea’s Under-18s recorded their first away win of the season on Friday night as they beat Brighton 3-1 at a chilly Lancing training ground. A stunning opener from Martell Taylor-Crossdale, his eleventh of the campaign, set the Blues on their way, and although Dan Cashman equalised shortly before half time, the visitors emerged with all three points courtesy of further strikes by Richard Nartey and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Coming into the…