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Chelsea'syouth side was beaten 2-1 away at Norwich on Saturday afternoon, butcoach Dermot Drummy was able to take away plenty of positives.Despite taking the lead towards the end of thefirst half, the lads were outmuscled by a strong home side, and had tosoak up more than their fair share of pressure.

'We made a good start and played some really goodfootball, creating chances, eventually going ahead in the 44th minutefrom a Josh McEachran corner, Kenny Strickland firing home with a greatfinish,' Drummy reported.

Sadly though we went to sleep and the home sidescored immediately before half-time through Patrick Drmola. The Blues'defence didn't deal well with a ball that landed in their defensivethird and the Norwich forward managed to get hold of the ball andfinish past Sam Walker.

'I felt we were overrun in the second half, theywere a lot stronger than us, but we still created chances, which waspleasing. Bobby Devyne put in a great cross for his strike partnerMarko Mitrovic, which he normally puts away,' Drummy explained.

'Then they got a sucker punch, first of allhitting the post and then when we lost the ball in midfield we wereundone by the break, so on the reflection of play in the second half itwas probably a fair result,' he conceded.

Keeper Sam Walker was particularly unlucky forthe second goal, denying City man Danny Kelly one-on-one, only forGeorge Francomb to follow up and tap into an empty net.

'Danny Mills and Kenny Strickland each played 45minutes in the centre of defence as they will be involved with thereserves on Tuesday,' Drummy explained, 'and a number of the firstyears will go with the reserve team on Tuesday, so in terms ofdevelopment we played seven first years, which is great for them.'

The coach was pleased in particular with one of his midfield men, first year scholar George Saville.

'He showed some great intelligence playing at thebottom of the diamond, and his use of the ball was excellent. He isfrustrated because he is still young and waiting to grow, but he putsin a tackle and moves the ball well. We are really pleased with him,'Drummy said.

'[Academy Manager] Neil Bath has been very good,making sure those that haven't had a game get a game. It's not the ideaof playing our best team and getting three points, but developingplayers.

'It is difficult for the boys because they wantto win, but the nice thing on Saturday was that I didn't say a word onthe touchline. The last few games I have been vociferous, but I letthem get on, and they were really beginning to talk to each other, itshows how well they are developing and growing.'

Chelsea (4-4-2 diamond): Sam Walker; Ben Sampayo,Kenny Strickland (sub Danny Mills h-t), Tom Hayden, Billy Knott; GeorgeSaville, Billy Clifford ©, Josh McEachran (sub Aziz Deen-Conteh 84),Philipp Prosenik; Marko Mitrovic, Bobby Devyne.

The Chelsea Academy is next in competitive actionon Saturday at home to Fulham, while the reserves are in action away toWolves this Tuesday evening.

That game will be live on Chelsea TV, and SteveHolland's side will be looking to build on their 5-2 win overPortsmouth at the beginning of the month.

Source: Chelsea FC

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