Chelsea Under-21s suffered a 3-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade on Tuesday.
Two headers from Jamille Matt either side of half-time and Antoine Semenyo’s late goal separated the two teams in Wales, despite the Blues being largely on top for the majority of the match in Group C of the Southern section.
Daishawn Redan was Chelsea’s brightest spark during the opening exchanges; he often found himself trying to create his own chances and not getting enough support from his teammates.
The hosts opened the scoring late in the first half, when Robbie Willmott’s cross was headed goalbound by Matt. His effort landed in the hands of Blues goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, who fumbled the ball in.
Two minutes later, Newport almost doubled the lead through Josh Sheehan, only for his effort from outside of the penalty area to be denied by the woodwork.
Matt got his second of the evening in a similar fashion to his opener shortly after the interval. Willmott was again the provider from an in-swinging corner, which Matt nestled into the bottom corner with his head.
Substitute Charlie Brown proved to be an energetic outlet for Joe Edwards’ Chelsea side immediately after coming on and created a number of chances for his side, the best of which was too fast for Redan to get on the end of.
Newport almost added a third late on through their replacement Antoine Semenyo, but his effort from outside of the penalty area after being teed-up being Willmott flew over the frame of the Blues’ net.
Semenyo added a third for Newport in injury time with a low-driving finish into the bottom corner.
Following the defeat, Chelsea drops down into second place in Group C, level on points with both Newport and Swindon Town.
Chelsea’s final group stage match of the competition takes place on Tuesday 30th October at Home Park against Plymouth Argyle, who are yet to play in this season’s competition.