PL2 Report: Saints 1-4 Chelsea

By SFC Media time Fri 18 Sep Saints vs Chelsea
Photo by Isabelle Field | Tom O'Connor
Fri 18 Sep 7PM
Premier League 2 - Division 1
Southampton
1
Chelsea
4
Sims [7']
goal
Russell [1'] Ballo [14'] Peart-Harris [18' 72']
Ferry (26') Sims (56')
yellow card
Peart-Harris (22') Maatsen (56')
Ferry (88')
red card
Referee: Scott Jackson | Venue: Snows Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton's B team suffered a heavy defeat at Snows Stadium, with Chelsea running away 4-1 winners at AFC Totton's Snows Stadium.

Chelsea opened the scoring inside two minutes; Jon Russell connecting superbly to a through ball from Marcel Lewis to volley into the Saints net.

Dave Horseman’s side didn’t back down, levelling the scores just five minutes later through Josh Sims’ second goal in as many games.

But Chelsea responded themselves with two goals of their own; Thierno Ballo and then Myles Peart-Harris scoring within five minutes of each other to give the blues some breathing space.

It took until the 72nd minute for the visitors to get their fourth; a second for Peart-Harris as he fired into the bottom corner to put the game beyond all doubt.

Saints started the game with a mixture of returning loanees and academy regulars; Christoph Klarer coming into central defence whilst Dan N’Lundulu partnered Ramello Mitchell in attack.

The game got off to a very fast start; Russell latching onto the end of a Lewis through ball and volleying past Harry Lewis to give Chelsea a lead inside two minutes.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: during the Premier League 2 match between Southampton FC B Team and Chelsea FC at Snows Stadium on September 18, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Josh Sims celebrates getting Saints back on level terms.

But Saints were not deterred by the early set-back, responding before the ten-minute mark through Sims after N’Lundulu’s assist, his second goal in as many games.

The goals didn’t stop there; Chelsea grabbed their second of the evening in the 16th minute, Lewis again the provider as Ballo tapped home from close range.

A third for the visitors wasn’t too far away either, Ballo this time turning provider to Peart-Harris who couldn’t miss from two yards out.

The game quietened down as it edged towards the half hour mark, both sides enjoying an even share of possession but Chelsea continuing to look the more dangerous going forward.

Saints began to get their passing game together as the half wore on; Sims, N’Lundulu and Mitchell combining particularly well going forward.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: during the Premier League 2 match between Southampton FC B Team and Chelsea FC at Snows Stadium on September 18, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Dan N'Lundulu looks to whip in a cross.

N’Lundulu himself had a chance on 38 minutes to grab a goal back for the hosts, latching onto a Caleb Watts cross but drilling his shot wide of the near post.

Sims was next to test the Chelsea keeper; Mitchell held up the ball from a throw in before laying the ball into the path of the Saints midfielder, who ran at the Blues’ defence before firing a low effort into the hands of Lucas Bergstrom.

Saints made just the one change at the break, with Alex Jankewitz coming on for Allan Tchaptchet and Tom O’Connor slotting back into central defence from midfield.

The game continued to be a fiery encounter into the second half; a heavy challenge from Sims was greeted by a mass huddle of players from both sides and a booking both for the Saints man and Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen for his reaction.

Another glorious chance came for Saints in the 64th minute; Will Ferry doing brilliantly to shift three Chelsea men during his strong run down the left wing, before laying the ball off to Sims who could only drill his shot wide.

Seconds later N’Lundulu was inches away from connecting to a right-sided cross, with the ball eventually going right the way across goal as the hosts pushed Chelsea back.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Caleb Watts of Southampton during the Premier League 2 match between Southampton FC B Team and Chelsea FC at Snows Stadium on September 18, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Caleb Watts battles for possession.

But despite these chances the next goal of the game came for the visitors; Peart-Harris with his second of the game on 72 minutes into the bottom right corner.

Saints lost a bit of bite following the goal, with the game turning into more of a midfield battle.

The battle became too heated once more two minutes from time, with Ferry’s heavy challenge seeing him sent off for a second bookable offence.

Stoppage time at the end of the 90 highlighted how much of a stop-start half it had been, with the referee warranting five additional minutes.

Chelsea tried to take advantage of the extra man in the remaining minutes, however the game ended 4-1 in their favour on a night to forget for Saints.

Their attentions now turn to the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, where they visit Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Chelsea
  • Possession (%)
    52
    comparison angle
    48
  • Shots
    10
    comparison angle
    7
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    6
  • Corners
    3
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    236
    comparison angle
    209

Southampton PL2

1
Harry Lewis (GK)
2
Pascal Kpohomouh
5
Christoph Klarer
3
Will Ferry red card
4
Allan Tchaptchet
replace Alexandre Jankewitz (45′)
6
Callum Slattery
11
Caleb Watts
replace Jake Hesketh (70′)
8
Thomas O'Connor
10
Josh Sims yellow card goal
9
Daniel N'Lundulu
7
Romello Mitchell
replace Enzo Robise (61′)
13
Tommy Scott
16
Alexandre Jankewitz
14
Jake Hesketh
15
Enzo Robise
12
Kgaogelo Chauke

Chelsea PL2

1
Lucas Bergstrom (GK)
5
Ian Maatsen yellow card
4
Levi Samuels Colwill
3
Dynel Simeu
2
Henry Lawrence
8
Jonathan Russell goal
6
George McEachran
replace Lewis Bate (76′)
10
Myles Peart-Harris yellow card goal goal
replace George Nunn (85′)
7
Valentino Livramento
replace Dion Rankine (79′)
11
Marcel Lewis
9
Thierno Ballo goal
14
Jack Wakely
12
Lewis Bate
16
Dion Rankine
13
Karlo Ziger
15
George Nunn

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