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Development Squad: Chelsea 0-1 Derby County



It was an evening for learning lessons and finding perspective.
When the team news ahead of the Development Squad?s Premier League 2 fixture at home to Derby County came out some 45 minutes before kick-off, social media was abuzz, for not only was Tammy Abraham involved at this level for the first time in more than two years, he was joined in an exciting front three by Callum Hudson-Odoi ? the current academy jewel in the Chelsea crown ? and Charly Musonda, who was once in Hudson-Odoi?s position.
With Billy Gilmour, George McEachran and Luke McCormick backing them up, and a switch to the first-team?s 4-3-3 formation for the first time in this nascent season, there was no little intrigue in a team that some claimed would be a force in Championship football. The subsequent 1-0 defeat to a first-half Chris Martin goal, and the disappointing performance overall therefore, will leave many wondering what happened. Dan Davies’ match gallery is the best way to relive the action.
It started well. Joe Edwards? youngsters were in lively form after winning 3-0 at Blackburn Rovers on Monday night, and they took the game to Derby from the off, eager to win a competitive Under-23 match at Stamford Bridge for the first time in more than a year; since they beat the Rams themselves last August.
Their early play bore some of the hallmarks of the sort of play being coaxed out of the first-team by Maurizio Sarri too; Hudson-Odoi?s one-touch link-up play was delightful, encouraging Juan Ca...
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