Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda was sent-off as The Blues’ Development Squad crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Derby County at Stamford Bridge on Friday evening.
Chris Martin netted the only goal in the first half of a disappointing game for the home side which was played in-front of a sparse crowd at The Bridge.
Chelsea started brightly and both Luke McCormick and Tammy Abraham forced visiting keeper Josh Barnes into action early on.
The Blues’ telling blow came midway through the half when Timi Elsnik crossed for Martin to tap home the opening goal from close range.
McCormick and Abraham then both fired efforts wide of the target as Chelsea failed to find a way back into the match before the break.
It was the visitors who were on top at the start of the second period with Blues keeper Marcin Bulka being called into action to save a Calum MacDonald free-kick and Elsnik flashing a shot narrowly wide across goal.
Chelsea were struggling to carve out decent goalscoring opportunities and their task was made all the more difficult when former Celtic loanee Musonda picked up a second booking for an early bath. Only Bulka could deny Alex Babos from making in 2-0 to the visitors before Abraham headed a chance over the bar at the death on a miserable evening for Joe Edwards’ side.
The Development Squad are back in action next Sunday when they face Swansea City at the Landore Training Centre.