Thursday 17 July 2014
Chelsea's Under-21 players were given a chance to shine on Wednesday evening in the victory over Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
With the majority of the first-team squad away following their exploits at the FIFA World Cup, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fielded 10 players at Adams Park who won last season's Barclays Under-21 Premier League title.
"It was a very positive night for all the young players"
Striker Patrick Bamford opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a smart volley from Nathan Ake's first-time cross while Izzy Brown doubled the lead just after the break with another volley, this time from first-year scholar Jay Dasilva.
A drive from John Terry made it three before Branislav Ivanovic added a fourth on 66 minutes when he headed home a Jeremie Boga free-kick, and Brown finished the scoring in fine style with a strike that found the top corner from outside the area.
"It is a very high level they are trying to reach," assistant first-team coach Steve Holland told www.chelseafc.com. "There will be bigger tests than this but we said to them before the game that you don't get many opportunities at any big club, and when you do get the opportunity to show what you can do under the eye of the manager and playing in the same side as other seasoned internationals you have to take it and make the most of every minute.
"It was a very positive night for all the young players and they can all be pleased with their contribution. One or two particularly will have done themselves no harm."
Chelsea's next pre-season friendly is against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on 19 July.
Chelsea first-half XI: Schwarzer; Kane (Zouma, 20 mins), Chalobah, Christensen, Ake; Romeu, Van Ginkel; Piazon, Baker, Swift; Bamford.
Chelsea second-half XI: Schwarzer (Beeney, 73 mins); Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Dasilva; Romeu (Houghton, 73 mins), Matic; Salah, Boga, Brown; Solanke.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis paid tribute to the professionalism of his side after they dispatched GAZ Graz with a comprehensive display at the Sportcenter Karlsdorf.
Half-time substitute Stephen Dobbie grabbed the headlines with four goals – including a five-minute hat-trick – against the side from Austria's seventh tier, while Glenn Murray (twice), Joe Ledley, Yannick Bolasie, Jerome Thomas, Jonny Williams (twice), Jake Gray and Marouane Chamakh completed the scoring.
"It wasn't really about the result – it was about the players putting in the effort," Pulis told www.cpfc.co.uk. "The lads worked hard this morning, they've worked hard for a week, so they'll have been pleased to get the ball out and get playing football again.
"They've worked hard this week – their attitude and approach to the work that we've put in front of them has been absolutely first class, so it's nice that they've gone out there and not messed around. They've got their heads down and they've done it properly, which you'd expect from this group."
Crystal Palace first half XI: Hennessey, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Jerome Williams, Bolasie, Ledley, Bannan, Thomas, Murray, Gayle.
Crystal Palace second half XI: Kettings, Hunt, Ramage, McCarthy, Boateng, Gray, O'Keefe, Campana, Jonny Williams, Dobbie, Chamakh.
Liverpool conceded a stoppage-time goal as they suffered defeat in Denmark in their opening pre-season friendly on Wednesday night.
The visitors, with Philippe Coutinho and Fabio Borini featuring in the squad, went behind midway through the first half through Christian Norgaard's curling effort.
"It was a good chance for me to look at the younger players at this early stage"
Manager Brendan Rodgers made 10 changes at the break and three minutes into the second half, Liverpool were level, Kristoffer Peterson scoring from close range after Jordon Ibe had made inroads down the left.
It was not to be, however, as Brondby sealed victory late on when Ferhan Hasani jinked his way through the Liverpool defence before firing into the top of the net.
"It was a great game for us, coming over here," Rodgers told www.lfctour.com. "Brondby are right at the end of their pre-season, played very well and were very sharp. It was a great run-out for us, nine days into our pre-season.
"Senior players came through it well and it was a good chance for me to look at the younger players at this early stage. It was a great workout for us. I thought their goalkeeper was very good – he made some terrific saves."
Liverpool squad: Jones, Agger, Coutinho, Lucas, Allen, Ilori, Borini, Suso, Ibe, Kelly, Coady, Skrtel, Flanagan, Adorjan, Smith, Phillips, Rossiter, Wisdom, Jones, Ward, Teixeira, Peterson, Stewart.
Nathan Dyer scored the first goal in the first football match held at Miller Park, Wisconsin, but it was not enough for the Swans to claim victory in the United States.
The Swans, who featured new signings Lukasz Fabianski, Stephen Kingsley and Bafetimbi Gomis but were without Ashley Williams, who flew home for family reasons, took the lead on 57 minutes when Dyer fired home from Marvin Emnes' pass.
"We gave a good account of ourselves and I've got to be happy with our night's work"
With 10 minutes to go, Neil Taylor and Jesus Sanchez were dismissed after squaring up to each other and in the closing stages, Jazz Richards was adjudged to have committed a foul in the area, giving substitute Giovani Hernandez the opportunity to equalise from the spot.
"It was a great workout for fitness and sharpness for the boys and at times we saw some very good play," manager Garry Monk told www.swanseacity.net. "We gave a good account of ourselves and I've got to be happy with our night's work.
"There's still plenty to improve on, but that comes with playing more games and work on the training ground. The aim of the game was for the boys to get some game time under their belts; to try and boost sharpness and fitness levels; plus implement some of the things we've been working on in training. I think we managed to do that."
Swansea City first-half XI: Fabianski, Rangel (c), Bartley, Flores, Kingsley, Richards, Shelvey, Sheehan, Routledge, Bray, Gomis.
Swansea City second-half XI: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Amat, Davies, Taylor, Britton, King, Sheehan (Bray, 72 mins; JRichards, 82 mins), Dyer, Donnelly, Emnes.
West Ham United assistant manager Neil McDonald was satisfied with how his side dealt with the 'great test' provided by Ipswich Town in Wednesday's goalless draw at Portman Road.
The Hammers, featuring new signing Mauro Zarate, produced an impressive defensive display against the Championship side while Sebastian Lletget and Ricardo Vaz Te had opportunities at the other end.
"The game itself was played at a higher tempo which was excellent and it's the second game in three or four days that everyone's got through," McDonald told www.whufc.com. "We kept a clean sheet this time, although we haven't scored, and there's still lots to do.
"The tempo was much better than on Saturday [against Stevenage Borough] and that's what we're looking to improve on every single game in pre-season. We're still mixing the teams up, nothing's solid and nothing's set, so we'll try different partnerships, different ways of playing and we'll get it right for the first game of the season."
West Ham now travel to New Zealand for matches against Wellington Phoenix and Sydney.
West Ham United first-half XI: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Diame, Jarvis, C.Cole, Downing.
West Ham United second-half XI: Adrian, O'Brien, Chambers, Reid, Page, Cullen, Nolan, Poyet, Vaz Te, Lletget, Zarate (McCallum 78 mins).
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