U23 Report: Saints 0-2 Chelsea

By SFC Media Sat 21 Sep Saints v Chelsea
Photo by Isabelle Field | Dan N'Lundulu
Sat 21 Sep 3PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Southampton
0
Chelsea
2
Hudson-Odoi [56'] Mola [70']
Vokins (36')
Maatsen (90+3')
Referee: Sam Allison | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 1,325

Southampton Under-23s put up a fight against Premier League 2 leaders Chelsea but were unable to take their chances on a frustrating afternoon for Radhi Jaïdi’s youngsters at St Mary’s.

Saints had their moments, with Alex Jankewitz twice going close, but second-half goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Clinton Mola decided the game in favour of the visitors.

Jaïdi’s side started confidently, with Callum Slattery firing over before Chelsea somehow survived a goalmouth scramble as Dan N’Lundulu slid in to try and force the ball over the line to no avail.

Saints were undoubtedly on top, though their momentum was quelled slightly by a nasty collision between defenders Pascal Kpohomouh and Aaron O’Driscoll as both tried to meet a corner.

Kpohomouh never fully recovered, and minutes later made way for Kameron Ledwidge in an unfortunate end to a big day for the 17-year-old.

Chelsea had shown no attacking threat, despite topping the Premier League 2 table at the start of the weekend and naming senior England international Callum Hudson-Odoi in their ranks.

But the visitors finally came to life in the 28th minute when Reece James crossed from the right for Charlie Brown, but the striker could not connect cleanly and the ball dribbled wide of Harry Lewis’s left-hand post.

Saints gave a good account of themselves against table-topping Chelsea

Lewis was finally tested ten minutes before the interval, as Brown teed him up for a first-time shot from 20 yards that needed tipping over.

Then the same duo combined again as Brown fed Hudson-Odoi on the outside, who tried to curl one inside the far corner only to steer the chance inches wide.

Saints came even closer in first-half stoppage time, of which there were five minutes due to Kpohomouh’s injury, when Alex Jankewitz drilled a low shot against the base of the post from distance.

The second period began with similar frustration for the midfielder, as this time he was thwarted by the legs of Chelsea keeper Jamie Cumming.

Instead it was Hudson-Odoi who made the breakthrough just shy of the hour mark, racing in behind the defence to score past Lewis, who did get something on the shot but not enough to keep the winger at bay.

Saints responded by coming close to a leveller through Jake Vokins, who cut inside on to his right foot and steered a shot narrowly wide before the hosts found themselves two down.

As an untidy scramble ensued from a Chelsea corner, the ball was chipped up to the far post where Mola was in the right place to score – his header adjudged to have crossed the line before Saints could clear. 

Jaïdi could be pleased with the way his players competed against excellent opponents, but the coach will reflect on key moments that went the way of the Blues at St Mary’s.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Chelsea
  • Possession (%)
    36
    64
  • Shots
    13
    14
  • Shots on target
    4
    6
  • Corners
    3
    4
  • Passes Complete
    199
    443

Southampton PL2

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
6
Christoph Klarer
4
Pascal Kpohomouh
Kameron Ledwidge (23′)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
7
Callum Slattery (C)
3
Jake Vokins
Christian Norton (85′)
10
Lucas Defise
8
Alexandre Jankewitz
2
Kayne Ramsay
11
Harlem Hale
Kornelius Hansen (72′)
9
Daniel N'Lundulu
14
Kornelius Hansen
15
Christian Norton
13
Jack Bycroft
12
Kameron Ledwidge
16
Jack Turner

Chelsea PL2

1
Jamie Cumming (GK)
4
Clinton Mola
2
Reece James
Henry Lawrence (76′)
5
Ian Maatsen
3
Marc Guehi (C)
7
Marcel Lavinier
6
Billy Gilmour
Jonathan Russell (66′)
11
Callum Hudson-Odoi
Faustino Anjorin (76′)
8
George McEachran
10
Thierno Ballo
9
Charlie Brown
13
Karlo Ziger
14
Jonathan Russell
12
Jack Wakely
16
Faustino Anjorin
15
Henry Lawrence
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