Chelsea Under-23s returned to winning ways in Premier League 2, beating Derby County Under-23s 1-0 at the Training Centre in Partnership with the University of Derby. 

Conor Gallagher’s goal on the stroke of half-time was the difference for the Blues, securing their first win in four matches.

The victory over Derby has moved them up to fifth in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table.

Here is how we rated Joe Edwards’ development side during their Premier League 2 clash against Derby during a crisp Monday evening in the East Midlands.

Goalkeeper: Jamie Cumming – The young Blues goalkeeper was solid when called upon, although that was not too often in the first half. 7

Centre-back: Joseph Colley – Found himself in a back and forth battle with Josh Shonibare, which in general, he dominated. 7

Centre-back: Ethan Ampadu – It was easy to see that defender Ethan Ampadu has made a handful of appearances for Maurizio Sarri’s senior side and for Wales national team; in a class of his own. 8

Centre-back: Marc Guehi – He often found the sheer pace of Jayden Mitchell-Lawson tough to control. 6

Right wing-back: Ian Maatsen – Looked to provide creativity in the first half, creating a good chance for Tariq Uwakwe early one. 7

Centre-midfield: Tariq Uwakwe – Had two of the Blues’ better chances in the first half. Showed good pace, strength and technical ability throughout. 7

Centre-midfield: Conor Gallagher – His goal avenged a chance which he would have hoped to have converted moments before scoring. 7

Centre-midfield: George McEachran – Struggled to really control the tie but showed some nice touches. 6

Left wing-back: Juan Castillo – Played a key role in Gallagher’s first-half goal. 6

Striker: Daishawn Redan – The Dutch striker didn’t receive much service during a cagey affair, but displayed glimpses of his pace. 6

Striker: Charlie Brown – Had some good chances but was unable to beat the Rams’ goalkeeper Josh Barnes. 6

Substitute: Clinton Mola – Displayed a fine passing range. 6

Substitute: George Nunn – Featured briefly in place of Brown. N/A

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