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Chelsea second string win reserves final

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Chelsea reserves showed a bright future could be ahead for the Blues after a penalty shootout victory against Blackburn in the Premier Reserve League final.

After securing top spot in the southern section of the division with victory over Wolves last week, confidence was rightly high in the camp as the norther division champions came to Stamford Bridge for the final.

Despite the lack of Josh McEachran, who was not considered for the Monday night clash after featuring for the first team against Newcastle on Sunday, Chelsea were able to overcome their tough opponents from the spot following a 1-1 draw in a pulsating clash.

Todd Kane equalised for the hosts with ten minutes remaining, and five academy graduates scored from the penalty spot to secure victory 5-4 from the spot to the delight of manager Steve Holland.

"We had practiced penalties for three days because it was always going to be possible given that there was no extra time," Holland told the official Chelsea website when looking back at the game.


 

"I don't think that anybody would doubt we deserved the win but we have to give credit to Blackburn and their stubborn resistance.

"The longer the second half went on, the more pinned back they became and it was just a case of keep going. I thought we might have got a second goal at the end, but to take it to penalties is better than losing 1-0, so it was a good comeback."

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