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There are five debutants in the Chelsea reserve 11 tonight, as Brendan Rodgers fields an inexperienced side for the trip to Derby.

With one eye on Wednesday's FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa, which like tonight's game is live on Chelsea TV, many familiar faces to reserve team football are rested, giving a host of first year scholars their second string full debuts.

Midfielders Jordan Hibbert, Daniel Philliskirk and Jordan Tabor all get their first taste of reserve football, after impressing in youth team action lately.

Centre-half Jack Saville gets a start after making one reserve appearance as a late substitute earlier in the season, also against Derby in a 3-1 league victory. Ben Gordon also makes his first start, having been a substitute twice previously.

Like the first team, Derby's reserves sit bottom of the FA Premier Reserve League South, with just three points from their 13 games. We are currently ninth with 11 points from our 13 matches.


Last week, we travelled to Birmingham, and on a rain-sodden St Andrews pitch earned a creditable 0-0 draw, against more experienced opposition.

The game against Derby back in September was a second consecutive victory for the team, when Patrick van Aanholt, rested tonight, opened his Chelsea account with a first goal, a stunning long-range drive.

Shaun Cummings, who does feature tonight, doubled the lead from his central striking position, heading home at the far post after Van Aanholt had crossed from the left.

Gael Kakuta completed the hat-trick of first goals at this level that evening as he tapped in late on, on what was his first league outing at either reserve or youth level. Kakuta is another rested this evening ahead of the trip to Villa Park on Wednesday.

Tonight's game is live on Chelsea TV, with Monday Night Live starting at 6.30pm. Kick-off at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium is at 7.

The show also features a look back at Chelsea's visit to Sunderland on Saturday, and has a live phone-in after the game.

Coming up on Wednesday is a preview of the trip to Tottenham, before coverage shifts to the FA Youth Cup, live at 7pm.

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Despite the excellant result this was in truth a poor game. Derby much like their first team are a very very poor side who offer very little. Chelsea for their part were full of youngsters younger than normal and even included some debuts at this level.

Chelsea were the better side and certainly the bright point was Franco Di Santo who worked extremely hard and showed some great skill and some cracking strikes of the ball, even if he didn't score he was certainly man of the match in a game where he eas constantly man handled.

The downside to the Chelsea performances was that the game was not fluid enough, all too often Searle lumped the ball forward meaning there was no chances to create passing movements and get the midfield involved. There were times when we did play football and in those times we looked good and dangerous. The wingers Ferreira and Tabor in particular were never beating their man, in a game like this players like Kakuta and Stoch would have had the full backs turned inside out, but we didn't see any of that in this game.

It was a deserved vicotry in a game where young boys worked hard, the goals from Borini and Philliskirk were both very well taken and both were set up by Di Santo.

Player Reviews:

Stuart Searle: Didn't have much to do in truth. Was dissapointed with the fact that he was constantly looking for the long ball and never looked to build from the back. 6

Shaun Cummings: Never saw as much from Shaun going forward in this game although that was in part to do with the fact that he never received the ball from the keeper. He did nothing wrong though and played well. 6

Jimmy Smith: Jimmy playing at centre back for this game, and to be fair to him this time he never looked uncomfortbale, looked good in the air and some good passes from defence at times. 6

Jack Saville: A debut at this level for Jack. He did quite well actually, first half was almost perfect, nothing got passed him, he was strong in the air and organised the defence well. Some shakey moments in the second half but overall a very good debut. 7

Ben Gordon: Same as Shaun really, not enough going forward but overall a solid display and didn't really do much wrong. 6

Jordan Hibbert: Another debut performance. Came off at half time and i am not sure if that was due to injury or what. He never really got going at all. He never got on the ball in the midfield and had no chance to influence the game. 5

Phil Younghusband: Still looking poor at this level. No influence on the game and gave the ball away far too often. Insisted on taking all of the set pieces but didn't hit any good ones until about the last 15 minutes. 5

Daniel Philliskirk: Debut performance and a pretty decent one too playing the attacking midfield role. He worked hard got himself involved and made some good passes. His goal was a very good finish indeed and was not easy but he made hit look easy. 7

Jordan Tabor: The final of the debut starts. Was excited to see what Tabor could do, it is always exciting to see a new winger pop up. However Tabor was fairly dissapointing, he never once took his man on. He at times showed good awareness and passing but it wasn't enough, his involvment was minimal. 5

Fabio Ferreira: One of Fabio's better performances for a long while although we would all like to see much more from him. He worked hard and created some good chances. He still isn't running at his man enough which i think is down to confidence. 6

Franco Di Santo: The boy is getting better and better every game. It was a masterclass at reserve level of the lone striker role. Winning the headers, holding the ball up bringing others into play, setting up goals and having some pretty decent chances himself. 9


Ricardo Fernandes: Came on at half time. Still showing signs of recovering from injury and that will take time. The skills are still there and if he can get back his form it will be interesting to see what he can do. 6

Fabio Borini: His first appearance in the reserves and he didn't have much time to make an impact but he did and scored a great goal from a corner flicked on by Di Santo which he finished really well. Showed some good ability. 7

Billy Joe King: No time to do anything really. Can't even rate him...

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Chelsea reserves boss Rodgers gives kids chance

tribalfootball.com - March 17, 2008

Chelsea's highly-rated reserves coach Brendan Rodgers handed three youth teamers their debuts in yesterday's 2-0 victory at Derby County.

Jordan Hibbert, Jordan Tabor and Daniel Philliskirk all gained their first experiences at this level after some solid performances in recent youth team action. Philliskirk rewarded Rodgers with a goal on debut.

Italian youngster Fabio Borini came off the bench to score Chelsea's other goal - also in his first appearance for the second-string.

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