Jon Russell netted an injury time winner as the Chelsea Development Squad defeated Plymouth Argyle 1-0 at Home Park this evening in the EFL Trophy.

The result sees Joe Edwards’ side qualify for the knockout stages of the competition with their Wembley dream still very much alive.

Plymouth Argyle started the match the brighter of the two sides and Billy Clarke was only denied the opener by a superb block from Blues keeper Jamie Cumming before Joe Riley fizzed an effort from range just wide.

Chelsea’s best chance of the first half fell to striker Charlie Brown but he was unable to beat Argyle keeper Michael Cooper when left one-on-one.

Edwards’ side were better after the break and Cooper had to be at his very best on two occasions to prevent Brown from scoring the game’s first goal.

The home side also had a big chance themselves with Riley heading just wide from an Antoni Sarcevic cross.

The game looked set to end in a draw with a penalty shootout deciding the destination of the bonus point until Chelsea struck the killer blow in injury time. Russell wasn’t picked up in the box and he popped up with the winning goal which helped The Blues into the knockout stages.

The draw for the next round will take place after the conclusion of the remaining group stage matches next month.