EFL Trophy report: Oxford United 2 Chelsea 1

Closing stages

It was evident the teams began to tire and Chelsea looked to capitalise on that by introducing George Nunn and Myles Peart-Harris – attacking changes as Myers looked to rescue something from the game.

Six minutes remained on the clock when a deflected cross dropped perfectly for Ian Maatsen at the back post, his left-footed volley headed for the bottom corner and had the Blue bench off their seats until a stretched Oxford leg blocked its path, yards before it nestled in the net.

The last throw of the dice for Chelsea was to send keeper Bergstrom up for a corner in the final minute, the six foot seven inch man was the target and almost got his head to the ball after forcing his way through a sea of home bodies. But with that chance came the final whistle which marked the end of our return to action.

What’s next?

Next for the development squad is the start of their Premier League 2 title defence. Division one newcomers West Ham will be the first visitors to our new home Kingsmeadow and we kick-off at 1pm on Monday afternoon.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Lucas Bergstrom; Henry Lawrence, Dynel Simeu (c), Levi Colwill, Ian Maatsen; George McEachran, Lewis Bate (Jon Russell ht); Tino Livramento, Luke McCormick (Myles Peart-Harris 77), Juan Castillo; Thienro Ballo (George Nunn 74)

Unused subs: Ethan Wady, Pierre Ekwah-Elimby, Marcel Lewis, Xavier Simons

Goal Russell 53

Oxford Jack Stevens, Sean Clare, Rob Hall (Malachi Napa 74), Mark Sykes (Cameron Brannagan 58), Sam Long, Anthony Forde, John Mousinho (c), Dan Agyei, Liam Kelly (Marcus McGuane 58), Derrick Osei-Yaw, Nico Jones

Unused subs: Simon Eastwood, Elliott Moore, Dylan Asonganyi

Goals: Agyei 17, Osei-Yaw (45+1)

Referee Trevor Kettle