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Development Report: Chelsea 4 Palace 1

13 November 2012


Palace's academy side traveled across London to Brentford's Griffin Park to take on a strong Chelsea side on Monday night, but succumbed to a 4-1 defeat although the result flattered the Blues.

The Eagles started brightly and could have netted the opening goal on 10 minutes. Chelsea keeper Jamal Blackman made a mistake rolling the ball out to his defence and it was pounced upon by Bayan Fenwick, although he placed his shot wide of goal.

Chelsea's first attempt at threatening the Palace goal came on 14 minutes when Billy Clifford tested Lewis Price who got down well to make the save, but the visitors continued to take the game to their illustrious opponents and Jason Banton and Fenwick both saw shots narrowly miss the target.

Alex Wynter did put the ball in the net from close range after 19 minutes but the linesman flagged for offside, however some slick passing from Chelsea saw them take the lead when defender Todd Kane tapped the ball in from close range.

Despite the setback the Eagles responded with an equaliser two minutes later when Kwesi Appiah got clear down the right and as he bore down on goal, struck a right footed shot that cannoned
back off the post and Banton tucked home the rebound to make it 1-1.

Having pulled level some slack marking in the box allowed Chelsea to regain the advantage thanks to £7 million summer signing Marko Marin. The German international nipped in between two defenders at the near post to nod home a cross past Price.

Current MK Dons loanee Ibra Sekajja lofted an effort from outside the area over Blackman but saw the ball drift just past the post, but it was 3-1 before the break when Patrick Bamford thumped a well taken strike past Price from distance.

Having been unfortunate to find themselves two goals behind the Eagles tried to rectify the situation in the second 45 minutes and Banton saw a curling shot fly just over the bar and Stuart O'Keefe  forced Blackman to push the ball away from a free-kick.

However any hopes of a late fightback were ended when Palace conceded a fourth goal when Lewis Baker tried his luck with a speculative shot from about 15 yards out which Price got down to make the save, but the ball squirmed under his body and into the net as he tried to reclaim it to give the scoreline an unfair reflection on the Eagles' efforts on the night.

Chelsea: Jamal Blackman, Todd Kane (c), Rohan Ince, Andreas Christensen, Aziz Deen-Conteh (Alex Davey 63); Billy Clifford, Marko Marin, George Saville (John Swift 89); Lewis Baker, Patrick Bamford (Reece Mitchell 87), Lucas Piazon. Unused subs: Mitchell Beeney, Lamisha Musonda.
Palace: Lewis Price; Alex Wynter, Danny Gabbidon, Quade Taylor, Matthew Parsons (Hiram Boateng 39); Stuart O'Keefe, Kadell Daniel; Bayan Fenwick (Reise Allassani 67), Kwesi Appiah, Jason Banton; Ibra Sekajja. Unused subs: Ross Fitzsimons, Michael Chambers, Jack Holland.

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