Match Report Reserves: Chelsea vs Wolves

Chelsea and Wolves fought out a Reserves game at Cobham training grounds with locked doors, as an FA cup match is played tomorrow on the grounds they use to play the Reserves at. I have compiled a match report out of reportings from the official Chelsea board.

(A link to a video of the second Chelsea goal can be found below ‘Videos’ in the right sidebar)

Reports say that it was a quiet start to the game. First quarter of an hour very little happened. A couple of corner to each team.

In the 16th minute there was a couple of minutes delay due to an injury to Wolves’ Hemmings after a clumsly tackle by Jack Cork.

But he was on his legs again after a couple of minutes and actually had a good chance to score a couple of minutes later, after a poor clearance from Matic, but Hemmings fails to take the opportunity and his volley went over the bar.

Sturridge has his third shot for the evening after 25 minutes after picking the ball out on Chelsea’s right, but it resulted in another easy save by Wolves debutant goalkeeper for the evening – Aaron McCarey.

After that Hemmings had to be substituted after all and Jack Price came in. On the half hour mark Kakuta managed to brake the offside trap of Wolves, but his shot was cleared.

In the 40th minute Chelsea scored when Danny Sturridge tapped the ball in from up close after a Jack Cork free-kick.

It was Sturridge that was fouled and he had worked hard and made several chances for Chelsea, so it was a deserved goal.

Right before halftime Sturridge was denied a second goal after a good save by Aaron McCarey.

Halftime and the Wolves reserves were only one goal down.

After ten minutes of the second half Kakuta had a chance for Chelsea after great work by Sturridge, but Kakuta blasts the ball high over the bar.

A couple of minutes later Danny Sturridge came through again, but McCarey punched the ball away. The young Irish keeper seem to be a good signing for Wolves and what a start to his British career to meet Chelsea in London.

Sturridge came off after this and there was hope that it would relieve Wolves a bit of pressure, as he had been the best man on the pitch for the night.

After 65 minutes Wolves got their best chance of the match . to equalise, but they squandered it. It was Mendez-Laing who sent in a cross and Bennett stabbed it wide when it looked easier to score, according to reports.

With fifteen minutes Dunleavy and Spray came off for Wolves and Reckord and Landell came on.

A minute after that Wolves had a chance to score after a break, but Strickland blocked the chance and the Wolves corner resulting came to nothing as the ball was cleared.

But that signalled a pressure by Wolves and another Wolves corner was punched away by Taylor for yet another corner that was cleared.

Chelsea now did a change to their team – perhaps to ease the pressure on the pitch. Tore on for Borini. Eighty minutes played. One minute later they did another change. Matic off for Bridcutt. They look scared!

But instead of an equaliser for Wolves, Chelsea scored in the 82nd minute. It was Gael Kakuta who did it all by himself from 25 yards. He had been quiet all night, but scored in the right moment of time for Chelsea. And that marked the end of Wolves chances of getting anything from the match. 2-o to Chelsea became the end result.

This report is compiled from information from the official Chelsea Board.


Wolves team:

McCarey, Dunleavy, Friend, Little, Hill, Davies, Mendez-Laing, Bennett, Hemmings, Spray, Jones
Subs: East, Reckord, Price, Landell, McCone

Chelsea Team:

Rhys Taylor, Clifford, Van Aanholt, Stickland, Magnay, Matic, Cork, Clifford, Borini, Kakuta, Sturridge

Subs: Sebek, Bridcutt, Mellis, Tore, Gordon


~ by paddytheflea on January 18, 2010.

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