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Chelsea's reserve side was beaten 3-1 by Blackburn's second string at Cobham on Wednesday afternoon, as Steve Holland's side completed its pre-season programme.

Chelsea had the better of the opening exchanges, as captain Fabio Borini and Franco Di Santo both curled narrowly wide.

The Italian then struck a post before his Argentine strike partner gave the Blues the lead with a fine solo goal.

Picking up a loose ball on the edge of the Rovers area, Di Santo danced in and out of several challenges before toe-poking in off the far post.

At the other end Ross Turnbull saved well from experienced forward Jason Roberts, using his feet to divert the ball away, and then tipping a goal-bound header on to the crossbar.

Blackburn levelled when Aaron Doran sent a rocket straight into the far top corner from some 25 yards, and within two minutes the visitors were in front, as the robust Roberts held off Billy Clifford to slot beneath the advancing Turnbull.

Eight minutes into the second period Rovers doubled the lead from close range, Roberts the scorer again as they took a grip on the game after Chelsea's bright start.

Jacob Mellis almost pulled a goal back when he sent a vicious shot against the post from outside the box, and then Josh McEachran half-volleyed against the bar after Gokhan Tore had set him up.

The last chance of the game came from a Chelsea corner taken by Tore from the left, but Michael Mancienne sent his free header wide of the far post.

Source : Official CFC website

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Blackburn put out a pretty strong side i think, still its a shame. We have a good bunch of players in this reserve group although a lot of them are still quite young. Di Santo's goal was pretty decent actually....

Highlights will be up tommorow.

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