PL2 reaction: Jon Harley proud of tough start

A 3-1 lead at half-time gave the young Blues some breathing space at the mid-point. Peart-Harris wrapped up the scoring on the night with his second after 72 minutes, which ultimately put the game beyond the reach of the hosts, who struggled to deal with the quality of football from Chelsea.

‘At half-time we spoke about maintaining what we were doing and with it being such a young group that we’ve got, the way they were standing up physically was impressive,’ continued Harley.

‘We did want to get more of a hold on the game and play more football that we’re accustomed to and you could tell we did that as at the end a few Southampton players were cramping up and the red card proved how effectively we were moving the ball.’

The development squad are back on the South Coast this Friday evening when they take on Brighton & Hove Albion in PL2, kick-off 7pm. It is a game you can watch live on this website and The 5th Stand app.