In a game reminiscent of last season, Chelsea’s development squad came from behind to take a point away from Manchester City in PL2 on Sunday afternoon.
Second-half goals from Billy Gilmour and Myles Peart-Harris ensured we left the North-West with something to show from an eventful 90 minutes, even if boss Andy Myers felt we might have deserved more.
‘The second-half performance was very good. We made a couple of changes tactically, just in terms of how we addressed the City press and it caused them problems allowing us to get more of a foothold on the game,’ Myers explained to the official Chelsea website.
‘On reflection we created a lot of chances and I feel like we deserved more goals, it’s just about being more clinical - to go away from home and dominate the second half was really pleasing.’
A disappointing five-minute spell gifted City a two-goal lead at the break but the boss reinforced messages of belief in the dressing room to inspire a better second-half showing.
‘At half-time we wanted to remain positive because we probably had the better chances at that point, but we got punished for little mistakes and City scored two really good goals which we know they are capable of,' he said.
‘The changes made a positive impact on the performance and it’s all about belief. I’m pleased for the players mainly because it showed more of what they are about as a team.
‘We’ve been unfortunate of late in not getting results after good performances, but it was nice to nullify City in the second half and get some sort of positive outcome.’
Next up for our Academy is the Under-17 Premier League Cup tie against Southampton tomorrow (Tuesday). Ed Brand's youngsters make the trip south for a 6pm kick-off.