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Summary

Chelsea reserves came from behind at home to Swansea on Monday afternoon, as Ryan Bertrand scored a late leveller to earn a point.

The England Under 21 left-back burst into the visitors' area 10 minutes from time before coolly finishing after he had been put in on goal by Kaby, cancelling out Stephen Dobbie's penalty that had come only a matter of minutes earlier after Sam Hutchinson had tripped Leroy Lita inside the area.

It was a busy end to a low-key second half in which both sides had struggled to create goalscoring opportunities, though Romelu Lukaku had missed a header when well positioned.

Either team could have been a couple of goals to the good in the first half, though neither goalkeeper had been overworked, and so a point can be considered a fair result.

Team news

Coach Dermot Drummy was able to pick an attack-minded line-up featuring Romelu Lukaku in the central striking role with Brazilian Lucas Piazon making a competitive reserve debut from the left flank.

Full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Todd Kane would also offer offensive options, while Nathaniel Chalobah stepped into deep midfield with George Saville operating alongside Hutchinson in central defence, those two charged with marking powerful Swansea forward Leroy Lita.

First half

It was Lita who created the game's first real opening, as late as the 20th minute. Robbing Chalobah in possession he ran hard at the Chelsea defence and having had his shot blocked by Saville he squared for team-mate Andrea Orlandi who shot narrowly wide.

A minute later the same pair combined in reverse order and Lita should have scored, only for Saville to again block the shot and concede a corner. Stephen Dobbie then shot straight at Rhys Taylor as the visitors continued to pressurise.

Chelsea were soon up to speed though and at the other end Piazon's forward run and low cross almost found Lukaku, who soon afterwards did get a look at goal only for Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel to save well at his near post. Billy Clifford then had an effort blocked by a defender as the chance count was brought level.

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Chalobaha and Piazon both shot on target from distance, and then Saville stroed forward from the back, exchanging passes with Piazon before beating two challenges and shooting, the only disappointment of an enterprising run being that Tremmel was able to comfortably save the shot.

In injury time, Swansea felt they should have had a penalty when the ball struck Kane's arm inside the area, and then Chelsea should probably have taken the lead when Bertrand crossed low towards Lukaku and a scramble ensued, the ball just evading both the Belgian and Piazon who was also bearing down.

Second half

Taylor kept out a deflected Dobbie effort while Lukaku bent over from range as both sides struggled to carve out further opportunities.

Drummy will have been delighted with his side's apparently newfound solidity, this following up a clean sheet a fortnight earlier against Norwich after four straight defeats.

Kane and Milan Lalkovic linked up, the English Under 19 full-back crossing for Lukaku who should have done better with a free header but did not manage to find the target.

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It was a miss that would come back to bite the Blues, as a first defensive slip of the game was punished. Lita got free from Hutchinson and Saville and bore down on goal, just taking a clip on the ankles from the Chelsea skipper before hitting the deck.

The referee pointed to the spot and Dobbie despatched it with confidence, low into the corner past an outstretched Taylor.

Bertrand forced an outstanding save from Tremmel when he rose to meet a Lalkovic cross, and it would be the same player to net Chelsea's equaliser just into the final 10 minutes.

Kaby slipped the left-back in through the channel and the England Under 21 man made no mistake, calmly stroking the ball into the bottom corner for a deserved leveller.

Saville made one more block from Lita at the end but neither keeper would be called into further action meaning the spoils shared and a second game unbeaten for the Blues.

Chelsea (4-3-3): Rhys Taylor; Todd Kane, Sam Hutchinson ©, George Saville, Ryan Bertrand; Billy Clifford, Nathaniel Chalobah (Ben Gordon 90), Aliu 'Kaby' Djalo; Milan Lalkovic, Romelu Lukaku, Lucas Piazon.

Unused subs Jamal Blackman, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Marko Mitrovic, Philipp Prosenik.

Swansea City (4-4-2):Tremmel, Richards ©, Walsh, Bessone, Moras, Lucas, Dobbie, Agustien (Smith 67), Lita, Orlandi (Loveridge 73), Edwards.

Unused subs B Davies, O Davies, Jones.

Source: Chelsea FC

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I have to get my money together so I have no ctv-online *sigh* because I'm gett'n father and have started studying like I said before... so no money for poor little cleve :D

how is Feruz looking? did Lukaku play well and how has Kaby developed?

Feruz is looking a good player, looking forward to seeing him develop. Have yet to see the highlights for this game so cannot comment on Lukaku's performance yet. Kaby is having a good season, some good performances and a couple of goals in there too.

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