Chelsea Under-21s fell to their first defeat of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy after being beaten 3-0 by Newport County.
Newport’s first two goals for the hosts at Rodney Parade came via headers from Jamille Matt, who scored in both halves of the tie. Substitute Antoine Semenyo added a third late on for the hosts.
The result meant that Chelsea dropped into second place in the Southern section Group C standings, only behind Newport on goal difference.
Here is how Chelsea’s young players fared during a tricky evening in South Wales.
Goalkeeper: Jamie Cumming
Cumming’s only test of the first half saw him spill Matt’s header in for Newport’s opener; he had little to do all game but Cumming was not able to keep a clean sheet. 4
Right wing-back: Josh Grant
Josh Grant looked to get forward and create chances and was a constant outlet for the Blues early on. 7
Centre-back: Joseph Colley
Attempted to play out often and create attacks from deep areas, he also won a lot in the air. 7
Centre-back: Richard Nartey
Unable to keep the ball in a Blues side that attempted to pass their way through Newport’s team. Richard Nartey also was beaten by Matt twice in the air.
Centre-back: Marc Guehi
Marc Guehi showed a lot of resilience and composure in the Blues back four but was caught out on a couple of occasions. 6
Left wing-back: Ian Maatsen
Ian Maatsen drew a nasty foul out of Tyler Forbes after blistering down the left wing; he also looked very comfortable on the ball. 7
Centre-midfield: Tariq Uwakwe
Energetic and keen to get involved, but Tariq Uwakwe struggled to flourish in a match that was very cagey at times. 6
Centre-midfield: George McEachran
George McEachran looked keen to create but he failed to move the ball as quickly as the Blues would have liked him too. 6
Centre-midfield: Billy Gilmour
Billy Gilmour showed his passing qualities when given the opportunity, leaving the fast duo Daishawn Redan and Martell Taylor-Crossdale with plenty to run on to. 7
Striker: Daishawn Redan
Looked excellent in the early stages of the match but did not receive enough support from his teammates. The Dutchman did get put through on goal in the final 20 minutes by Uwakwe, only for his effort to be saved by Nick Townsend. 7
Striker: Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Martell Taylor-Crossdale attempted to link up with strike partner Redan, but he often struggled to break down Newport’s back line. 6
Added a lot of energy instantly after replacing Taylor-Crossdale up front. He put in one great cross for Redan, who was unable to convert. 6
Failed to make a real impact after coming on. 5
Showed his physicality and technical ability well during his 20-minute cameo role, but didn’t provide enough to turn the game around for Chelsea.