Chelsea have suffered their first defeat of the season in the EFL Trophy going down 2-1 to Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium last night.

Charlie Brown fired Joe Edwards’ side into a first half lead but the hosts responded by scoring two goals of their own in the second half.

A cagey opening saw Dynel Simeu head the ball off the Chelsea goal-line before Brown forced a good save from Bristol Rovers keeper Jordi van Stappershoef at the other end.

Tyler Smith then headed an effort into the bar for the home side before Chelsea took the lead when Brown capitalised on an error from Michael Kelly to slot the ball home.

Bristol Rovers came close to levelling matters in first half stoppage time but Tom Davies could only head against the post.

The home side did get their goal after the break. Kyle Bennett played a clever pass to teammate Victor Adeboyejo and the on-loan Barnsley striker thumped the ball into the net.

Rovers completely turned the game on it’s head 17 minutes from time when they scored a second. Blues keeper Jamie Cumming saved Bennett’s initial shot but Tom Nichols picked up the loose ball and played in Liam Sercombe to score.

Adeboyejo saw a shot strike the Chelsea woodwork as the home side searched for a third while Brown and Thierno Ballo went close for The Blues but ultimately, they couldn’t find an equalising goal to snatch a point.

Chelsea must now get a positive result from their final group match against Plymouth Argyle to have a chance of qualification.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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