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A depleted Chelsea youth side travelled to Southampton this weekend for a seven-goal thriller we eventually lost.The Blues finally succumbed to a tough Saints side after taking thelead three times. The home side's Sam Hoskins completed a second halfdouble with five minutes to play but for a Chelsea side who missedthree strikers due to international duty, the visitors played a goodgame.

Milan Lalkovic, Marko Mitrovic and Philipp Prosenik were all absent.Instead Aziz Deen-Conteh, who would normally find himself in defence,lined up alongside Bobby Devyne in attack.

Chelsea initially took the lead early on when Devyne followed up ona blocked shot to tap in with only three minutes played but the Saintslevelled soon after, with Jordace Holder-Spooner smashing a left-footedshot over Aldi Haxhia.

Josh McEachran, who sat at the top of a midfield diamond, then putChelsea ahead again just before the half-hour mark, sending awell-placed freekick over the Southampton defence and into the net.

But, as the dramatic encounter continued, the hosts managed to putthemselves level once more before the break. Holder-Spooner snatchedhis second after latching onto a Daryl McLean through ball and calmlyslotting past Haxhia.

Minutes after the restart Chelsea were in front again. This time itwas from a converted penalty after Ciaran Harper made an awful tackleinside the box. Billy Knott (pictured) stepped up to coolly claimChelsea's third.

Hoskins then replaced McLean and brought a fresh pair of legs into the mix for Southampton.

It wasn't long before the change made a difference as Hoskins foundhimself at the far post, from where he headed in a Ben Reeves freekickto make it 3-3.

Hoskins then wrapped up the win after collecting a Sam Argent passand sending the ball beyond Haxhia's reach with his first touch in the85th minute.

'We should have won today,' said youth team manager Dermot Drummy after the game.

'We played some great football and chances wise were on top of thegame. We made a silly mistake for the final goal and it cost us.

'Overall though I'm really impressed with the boys because we scoredthree goals away from home without any of our three forwards.'

Chelsea (4-diamond-2): Aldi Haxhia; Billy Clifford©, Kenny Strickland, Danny Mills, Billy Knott; George Saville, AntonRodgers (Tom Hayden h-t), Aliu Djalo, Josh McEachran; Aziz Deen-Conteh,Bobby Devyne.

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