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Monday 15 August (H) 2.05pm Chelsea - Sunderland 3:2 (Adam Phillip, Patrick Van Aanholt , Milan Lalkovic)

Tuesday 23 August (A) 7.00 pm Bolton - Chelsea - 0:1 (Josh McEachran)

Tuesday 30 August (H) 7.05 pm Chelsea - Blackburn -1:1 (Jacob Mellis)

Monday 26 September (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea - Everton -

Monday 3 October (A) 7.00 pm Aston Villa - Chelsea -

Monday 17 October (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea - Wolverhamton -

Tuesday 25 October (A) 2.00 pm Liverpool - Chelsea-

Tuesday 1 November (A) 7.00 pm W.B.A- Chelsea -

Monday 7 November (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea - Norwich -

Monday 21 November (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea -Swansea

Tuesday 29 November (A) 7.00 pm Fulham -Chelsea-

Monday 5 December (A) 1.30 pm Arsenal -Chelsea-

Monday 12 December (H) Chelsea -Aston Villa -

Monday 9 January (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea -W.B.A-

Tuesday 24 January (A) 7.00 pm Norwich -Chelsea-

Monday 13 February (A) TBC Swansea - Chelsea-

Monday 20 February (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea - Fulham-

Monday 5 March (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea- Arsenal-

Tuesday 13 March (A) 7.00 pm Wolverhamton- Chelsea-

Tuesday 20 March(A) 7.00 pm Newcastle - Chelsea-

Monday 2 April (H) 2.00 pm Chelsea -Manchester Inited-

Tuesday 10 April (A) 2.00 pm Wigan - Chelsea-

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RESERVES TABLE

1.CHELSEA - 3pts.

2. Arsenal - 3pts.

3. Swansea - 3pts.

4. West Brom - 1pts.

5.Norwich - 1pts.

6. Aston Villa -0pts

7. Wolves- 0pts.

8. Fulham - 0pts.

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BOLTON WANDERERS 0 CHELSEA 1

Dermot Drummy's reserves continued their winning start to the 2011/12 season following a competitive encounter against Bolton away from home. The hosts put in a strong defensive performance to hold the Blues at bay until late in the second-half, when a Josh McEachran strike sealed the win.Chelsea went into the game on the back of a 3-2 win over Sunderland while Bolton lost 2-1 away to Swansea in their opening game of the campaign. The performance saw a strong defensive display from both sides, while Chelsea's full-backs, Todd Kane and Patrick van Aanholt pushed up the flanks throughout the 90 minutes.Overall it was a good attacking display from Chelsea, who dominated possession throughout the fixture. The only factor preventing more Chelsea goals was the Bolton keeper Jay Lynch, who made a number of vital saves. At the other end, Bolton hit the woodwork twice in quick succession early in the first-half but otherwise struggled to break passed Chelsea's composed defence.Chelsea started brightly and it was Mellis who would take the first shot, drilling across the face of goal after McEachran set up the midfielder with a clever through ball.

Blackman was called into action moments later, blocking a Michael O'Halloran shot after the Bolton player intercepted a C Clifford pass after eight minutes. The Chelsea shot-stopper came out towards the edge of the box to close down O'Halloran and deflect his eventual shot out for a corner.

McEachran cleared that set piece but moments later Mark Connolly hit the bar from 30 yards after Chalobah was dispossessed on the left flank. The woodwork would prove vital to Chelsea staying level only a minute later when O'Halloran also skimmed the bar from an acute angle.

Despite their chances, Chelsea dominated Bolton in terms of possession and it wasn't long before Mellis was shooting at goal once more, this time forcing a strong save from 20 yards.

Chelsea continued to pressure as the 25 minute mark passed and Kane struck from 20 yards to force a corner. But following that promising play from the Blues and uneventful period of football ensued. Meanwhile, a composed Hutchinson and Chalobah partnership prevented Bolton from threatening Chelsea's goal.

There wouldn't be another chance on goal until the dying minutes of the half, when Mitrovic won a freekick 25 yards out and Van Aanholt drilled the set piece into Bolton's wall.

The final kick of the half was another opportunity for Chelsea to find the net, when Mellis threaded a ball into the box for McEachran. The midfielder's first touch put the ball beyond the keeper's reach and out wide.

Second-half

Chelsea started well in the second-half and were soon threatening Bolton's goal when Mitrovic broke into the box only to be dispossessed before C Clifford was brought down 25 yards out. Tom Eckersley was shown yellow for the late challenge.

McEachran took the subsequent freekick but his shot hit the wall. Moments later, Mellis worked hard to break into the box, following a good one-two with B Clifford but his close-range drive was blocked.

Tope Obadeyi was proving troublesome down Bolton's left flank but Kane was on hand to track back and block several crosses. Obadeyi was the main contributor to Bolton's offensive play early in the second-half but the hosts were unable to build on their possession around Chelsea's box.

Just before the hour mark, C Clifford shot over the bar from just inside box, after B Clifford lay the ball off for the midfielder. Minutes later, Hutchinson kept the scores goalless when he blocked an Obadeyi shot before scissor-kicking the ball from danger.

Up front, B Clifford continued to provide dangerous passes, his next was a through ball for Mitrovic, whose first touch took the ball past the defender and into the box. He wasn't able to get a shot away but did pull the ball back for Kane, only for the resultant effort to be denied. Mitrovic would have one more shot on goal five minutes later, which he drilled straight at the keeper, before making way for Aziz Deen-Conteh.

Then, following another uneventful period of football, McEachran put the Blues in front. With seven minutes left on the clock, McEachran dispossessed Mark Connolly 25 yards out from goal before dribbling into the box and expertly slotting passed Lynch.

B Clifford and Deen-Conteh would both have late chances in front of the net but Lynch was able to deny Chelsea a second and the game ended 1-0 to the travelling side.

The manager

'It was a fantastic team performance, the midfield worked how we wanted them to work and all the players performed to the best of their ability,' said Drummy after the game.

'I was really proud of the boys, the game took a lot of endeavour and we stayed strong and won through. We're really pleased. Todd Kane was getting forward all the time and so was Patrick van Aanholt, we were really pleased with the attacking play. We just have to be careful we don't push forward all the time and are aware of the defensive responsibilities.

'Josh McEachran had a really good game as well. He's crafty, he hits people when their off balance and nicks balls, which he proved today for the goal. He's a joy to watch and it was a great finish.'

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Jamal Blackman; Todd Kane, Sam Hutchinson, Nathaniel Chalobah © (George Saville 92), Patrick van Aanholt; Jacob Mellis, Conor Clifford, Josh McEachran; Billy Clifford, Marko Mitrovic (Aziz Deen-Conteh 76), Kaby Djalo.

Unused subs Mark Beeney, Carl Magnay, Rohan Ince.

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The reserves had to settle for a draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night after being pegged back by a committed Blackburn side.

The Blues had the better of the 90 minutes and were almost dominant in the first half, Jacob Mellis rounding off a direct but excellently executed opening goal after bringing down Sam Hutchinson's long through ball and firing home.

The lead could have been extended but Blackburn converted an equaliser just before the hour and could soon have taken the lead but for some poor finishing.

Chelsea gradually recovered but could not get past some resilient defending, inspired goalkeeping and the woodwork, when Marko Mitrovic's shot was deflected onto the post.

That means some first dropped points of the season, but the performance will have pleased Drummy, particularly with a slightly weakened side.

Team news

Ross Turnbull was selected in goal for his first reserve team appearance of the season, but international call-ups prevented Dermot Drummy from selectingJosh McEachran, Conor Clifford and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Sam Hutchinson, who continues to work with the second string a he prepares for his coaching badges, captained the side which also featured Patrick van Aanholt at left-back in the way of first team experience.

First year scholar Lewis Baker started on the right wing ahead of midfielders Billy Clifford, Jacob Mellis and George Saville.Within a minute the Blues were on the front foot as Van Aanholt, Mellis and Saville combined, the left-back playing a one-two with Mellis before crossing for the advanced Saville, whose side-footed volley was saved low down by Rovers keeper Matthew Urwin.

Van Aanholt had started brilliantly, attacking at will down the left and supplying a string of crosses, but it was Mellis who would grab the early headlines.

The 20-year-old made a typical bursting run from midfield after 15 minutes, and was spotted by Hutchinson, who sent a rangy vertical pass over the Blackburn defence, landing on the midfielder's toe.

There was plenty of work still to do, but Mellis brought the ball down expertly, and lashed the ball beyond Urwin into the bottom corner to give his side a deserved lead.

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Blackburn's response was limited, but captain Nick Blackman did head a free-kick over the bar when well placed.

Back on the attack Chelsea almost added to the score when MItrovic headed a Todd Kane cross just wide, and then the Swede saw his low drive tipped around the post by Urwin.

From the resultant corner Carl Magnay connected well with Kaby's centre, but his header was always rising, and so Dermot Drummy's men went in at the break with a narrow lead, a Kaby drive pushed over the bar just before the whistle.

Second half

Kane prompted the first string of Chelsea attacks when he won a corner down the right, but it was on the break that the Blues created their first real opportunity of the half, Kaby and Mellis combining to play in Mitrovic, whose delayed shot was deflected onto a post and back out into play.

Adam Henley flashed a low drive past Turnbull's left-hand post, but it looked to be an isolated attack, only for Rovers to equalise with their next foray forward.

Zac Aley made good progress down their left flank, delivering a pinpoint cross into the box, where Jackson Ramm was able to get in front of Van Aanholt and power his header beneath Turnbull and into the net.

It was hard on Chelsea who would need to rediscover the standards they had set during the first period.

The visitors were having an ever-increasing influence on proceedings and could have taken the lead just after the hour, Chelsea fortunate that James Knowles got too far under his shot and skied it into the Shed End rather than drilling it on target.

Clifford pulled a shot wide and Van Aanholt shot straight at Urwin as the home side gradually improved and recovered the ascendancy.

Kane sent a low cross across the six-yard box that evaded everybody and then the same player was stopped in his tracks by some brave goalkeeping at his feet as the three points slipped away.

The manager

'We overplayed at times in the first half, and didn't really have an answer in the second when they pressed us and we didn't get our game going again, which is disappointing,' said Drummy.

'It was a great goal, a great touch and we talked with Jacob before the game about being higher up the field and making those forward runs, and a great through ball. He could have had another one to be fair, and if Kaby with the last kick of the first half had squared the ball, it could have been 2-0, and that matters.

'We still created enough chances in the second half to win the game, they've had one good ball and Ross hasn't had too many saves to make. I wasn't happy with the second half performance.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Ross Turnbull; Todd Kane, Sam Hutchinson ©, Carl Magnay,Patrick van Aanholt; Jacob Mellis, Billy Clifford, George Saville; Lewis Baker (sub Adam Nditi 61), Marko Mitrovic (sub Philipp Prosenik 75), Kaby.

Unused subs Rhys Taylor, Rohan Ince, James Ashton.

Blackburn Rovers: Matthew Urwin; Bruno Ribeiro, Adam Henley, Jason Lowe, Anthony O'Connor, Hugo Fernandez Molina, Jackson Ramm, James Knowles (sub Robbie Cotton 86), Nick Blackman © (sub Jamie MacLaren h-t), Josh Morris, Zac Aley.

Unused subs Christopher Dilo, John O'Sullivan, Daniel Laverty.

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Team news

Ross Turnbull was selected in goal for his first reserve team appearance of the season, but international call-ups prevented Dermot Drummy from selectingJosh McEachran, Conor Clifford and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Sam Hutchinson, who continues to work with the second string a he prepares for his coaching badges, captained the side which also featured Patrick van Aanholt at left-back in the way of first team experience.

First year scholar Lewis Baker started on the right wing ahead of midfielders Billy Clifford, Jacob Mellis and George Saville.

Does this mean that the possibility of Hutch making a full recovery and probably to the first-team is remote? :cry:

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