Match Report: Chelsea 3 Luton 1

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Gilmour, Mount (c) (Kovacic 84); Ziyech (Havertz 77), Werner, Pulisic (Hudson-Odoi 70); Abraham (Giroud 77).
Unused subs Caballero, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Chilwell, Jorginho.
Scorer Abraham 11, 17, 74,

Luton (5-4-1): Sluga; Bree (LuaLua 61), Lockyer, Rea (Potts, h-t), Bradley (c), Naismith (Moncur 75); Clark, Tunnicliffe (Berry 61), Ruddock-Mpanza, Dewsbury-Hall; Cornick (Collins, 61).
Unused subs Shea, Hylton, Lee, , Nombe.
Scorer Clark 30
Booked Clark 85

Referee David Coote
 

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Lampard: We have to show passion, desire and togetherness

Lampard spent 13 years as a player at Stamford Bridge and knows from his time in the dressing room how representing the club can bring its pressures as well as rewards. However, he emphasised that the good times could outweigh the bad as long as there was a hunger to work through the issues.

‘When I was a player here, I always looked at managers and considered what good times and tough times looked like for them, and how that responsibility is different to a player,’ he added.

‘Fortunately, in the 18 months I’ve been here, I have managed to get both levels. I’ve had some really good individual games, like the last game of last season to qualify for the Champions League.

‘I have thought about the tough times and it’s fine. You have to go into the job wanting to handle pressure, wanting to handle success in the right way, being humble about it at all times. That is what I do.

‘Talk can be nonsense. It’s only actions that matter and all I can control is what’s in front of me.’

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Under-18s report: West Ham 0 Chelsea 4

Webster and Castledine wrap it up

The points were all but sealed with eight minutes to go when another move on the right produced a goal. Thomas’ run and then cross into the box fell kindly for Webster who had the easy task of slotting home from 10 yards.

We were deep into injury time when substitute Castledine bundled home another Thomas cross from the right to claim our fourth and final goal of the morning. It’s a win that Brand and his players will be proud of as it sees us move up into sixth place in the Under-18 Premier League standings.

What’s next?

A trip to Southampton is next for our youngsters, kick-off next Saturday is 11am.

Chelsea 3-4-2-1 Ethan Wady; Alfie Gilchrist, Charlie Wiggett,(c), Luke Badley-Morgan; Dion Rankine, Josh Tobin, Charlie Webster, Silko Thomas; Lewis Hall (Leo Castletinde 74), Ben Elliott (Zain Silcott-Duberry); Ronnie Stutter (Edwin Andersson 79)
Unused subs Teddy Curd, Brodi Hughes
Scorer Badley-Morgan 22; Gilchrist 72; Webster 82; Castledine 90+2

West Ham Krisztian Hegyi, Junior Robinson, Isaac Evans (Regan Clayton 60), Brandon Thomas, Michael Forbes, Iyiola Adebayo (Freddie Potts 60), George Earthy, Archie Woods, Divin Mubama, Gael Kileba, Sonny Perkins
Unused subs Jacob Knightbrige, Michael Adu, Josh Roach
Booked Earthy 25

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Kerry Dixon: Chelsea playing Luton brings back emotional memories

‘Cascarino was a good friend, Dennis Wise was my old room partner during his first years at Chelsea and my last ones, and Steve Clarke I played with for six years,’ says Dixon, ‘so I was pleased for players like them. I was pleased for Chelsea Football Club if it had to be anyone.

‘On the day I wanted it to be Luton and I would have been gutted the other way round for Chelsea, but instead I was gutted for Luton and myself and absolutely pleased it was Chelsea and not anyone else. I went to the final but they could not go on and finish the job off against Manchester United, but there has been plenty of making up for that since!’

The FA Cup was never that kind to Dixon. At Chelsea it was the League Cup that proved more to his liking and he remains to this day our all-time leading scorer in that competition.

In the FA Cup with us he did not make it beyond round four until his final season when he was part of a side that suffered a heart-breaking exit in a quarter-final replay at Sunderland. In 1986 in a fourth-round tie against Liverpool he suffered an injury that many believe robbed him of a little of his express-train pace.

‘In the League Cup there were a couple of semi-finals with Chelsea but certainly not in the FA Cup,’ he recalls. ‘We were in a few shocks, knocked out by so-called lesser sides, or we got tough draws against top sides, so our progress was halted fairly early on. My progress wasn’t great for Chelsea in the FA Cup so the memory of the FA Cup for me is all about that Wembley semi-final with Luton.’

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Lampard offers a fitness update on French duo ahead of Luton

‘Olivier is fit,’ confirmed Lampard. ‘He trained with us today and he’s fine for the weekend.

‘N’Golo on the other hand is not fit and won’t be available. He’s working outside on his own with the physios at the moment and we hope to have him back as soon as possible.

‘We will have to see with N’Golo, as we don’t want to rush him, but we hope to have him back by next week.’

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AC Milan loan move for Tomori

He had been given his introduction to senior football by Guus Hiddink at the end of that 2015/16 season, in a 1-1 home draw with newly-crowned champions Leicester City, before heading out on a trio of loan spells.

They started with helping Brighton earn promotion to the Premier League, and concluded with being named Derby’s Play of the Year after reaching the Championship play-offs under Frank Lampard’s management.

With Lampard becoming Chelsea head coach in the summer of 2019, Tomori returned to the Bridge as part of the men’s first team squad for last season, coming off the bench in the UEFA Super Cup before making his full debut in a 2-2 Premier League draw with Sheffield United.

That was the first of 10 consecutive league starts for the young centre-back, which included his stunning maiden goal for the Blues in a 5-2 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The strike was later voted as our Goal of the Season by supporters, while the potential he showed in those performances was rewarded with a new five-year contract in December 2019.

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Lampard on player pressure, player support and supporters’ banner

‘So it is important the players don’t feel that, I don’t mind taking the pressure, the players have to feel a good pressure. They want to win games, they want to get some form back, we know how quickly the form and results can turn in this league, we have seen it now more than ever, so we just have to direct that pressure in the right way on the pitch.

‘As it is players who will always make you a good or bad or in between manager, you have to have buy-in from the dressing room,’ he continued, ‘because my opinion is football is a certain percentage tactics but it is a much bigger percentage environment, drive, positivity and desire, and all those things which create the basis in football.’

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Charlotte Fleming departs

Fleming joins a Leicester side who currently sit at the top of the FA Women’s Championship, the second tier, having won eight of their last 11 games.

Emma Hayes commented on the move: ‘Charlotte needs to be playing in a first team to gain further senior experience and aid her development.

‘Leicester are in great form at the top of the Championship and we have no doubt Charlotte will be a great asset to the team. We wish her all the best in the next step in her career.’

Chelsea would like to thank Charlotte for her service during her time with the club and wish her every success for the future.

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Chelsea vs Luton Town – the stats

Last time we met

CHELSEA 2 LUTON TOWN 0
FA Cup Semi-Final, Wembley, 09.04.94, 5pm

Chelsea (4-1-2-1-2): Kharine; Clarke, Kjeldbjerg, Johnsen, Sinclair; Newton; Burley (Barnard 41), Wise; Peacock; Spencer, Cascarino
Scorers: Peacock 12, 47
Manager: Glenn Hoddle

Luton Town (4-1-3-1-1): Sommer; Linton (Hartson 66), Peake, Dreyer, James; Harper; Telfer, Preece, Hughes; Oakes; Dixon
Manager: David Pleat

Referee: Roger Dilkes
Attendance: 59,989

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