Chelsea Under-21s manager Joe Edwards felt that his side learned a ‘compounding lesson’ during their 3-0 defeat to Newport County in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Newport’s goals at Rodney Parade came via headed goals from Jamille Matt either side of half-time, with substitute Antoine Semenyo adding a third late on.

Having won the opening match of their Group C campaign last month against Swindon Town 4-0, the Blues were made to suffer in South Wales, despite having dominated for large parts of the game.

The Blues’ manager, Edwards, felt that his side did play well, but they would have learned from the mistakes they did make against Michael Flynn’s Newport side.

“For large portions of the game we [have]done a lot of good things, so to do that and to lose 3-0 is harsh,”, said Edwards.

“For our boys to have a learning experience and to learn by playing against players that are more experienced than them, and that is certainly what happened.

“I didn’t like our mentality for a 15-minute spell and we get punished. The third goal comes a bit out of nowhere, but it is a really compounding lesson for our boys and disappointing, but sometimes you need disappointment to properly take the lesson in.

“For as well as we did, we have got to be better around the box ourselves, we have got to score goals and we have got to stay stronger mentally in the latter stages of games.”

The result drops Chelsea down to second place in their group, leaving them with a crunch tie against Plymouth Argyle in the final match of the first round, next month.

Edwards felt that his side, who reached the semi-finals of the competition last year, are huge fans of the Checkatrade Trophy and that the upcoming clash against Argyle will bring the best out of his squad.

He added: “The competitiveness will start in the competition for places in our team.

“I know all the players in our club love this competition and even tonight, playing in this stadium with a good crowd here, there’s a real good feel about it and it feels like a proper game.

“But now there are some boys that have really got to fight to get a place in that team because we need to go to Plymouth and get a good result because we are desperate to qualify, so competitiveness in our ranks and a real big game [is]ahead for us.”

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