Lalkovic shows senior Chelsea potential

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Chelsea reserves earned a hard-fought victory over Norwich City despite being reduced to ten-men in the first-half.

Milan Lalkovic had given the Blues an early lead against the Canaries second string, with the Slovakian under 21 international slotting home Jacob Mellis' cross at the far post.

However, defender Rohan Ince was dismissed late in the period for a challenge on Jamar Lozo as the pair chased a through ball, putting Dermot Drummy's side under pressure for the second-half.

It wasn't to trouble the Blues though, with Lalkovic doubling his tally and the scoreline on 51 minutes when sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Marko Mitrovic made it three on 69 minutes, and it was a convincing result in the end against a potentially dangerous opponent.

"It was good discipline by the boys. We controlled the game and Jacob Mellis and Billy Clifford in midfield were really good. Norwich to be fair to them were a young side but we tried to play the right way so the attitude was great," said Drummy post-match.

"We kept our tactical discipline in the second half and we broke well and scored a wonder goal. 4-4-1 is quite an easy system to play because you have your clear jobs. We don't practice it but they applied themselves really well and Sam Hutchinson communicated fantastically. It makes a difference when you have a talker."

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