After gaining an early advantage over Liverpool in Premier League 2 on Friday night, our development squad’s lead was overturned by three goals. Although disappointed, boss Andy Myers wants to get back on track quickly.
Things got off to a great start at Kingsmeadow when Thierno Ballo drilled home the opener after five minutes and, for long periods after that, Chelsea were in command. However, miscommunication in defence gifted Liverpool a way back into the game after 37 minutes and the Reds capitalised on that momentum to take the lead by the interval.
Liverpool grabbed a third 10 minutes after the teams returned to the pitch and Tino Livramento’s 73rd-minute goal wasn’t enough to spark a Chelsea comeback. Speaking at full-time, Myers explained how the game had left him with a familiar feeling.
‘I have mixed emotions because I thought the boys worked really hard and gave it their all until the end, but it’s been the tale of us over the duration of the season – we get punished for the mistakes we make,' he explained to the official Chelsea website.
‘Up the other end, I’d be concerned if we weren’t creating chances but leading up to their equaliser I feel as though we could’ve buried the game and had three or four. If you don’t take those chances, you leave yourself open to disappointment and we didn’t do that so we got punished.’
The defeat leaves us fifth with 23 points, eight adrift of leaders Manchester City, however a game in hand provides hope of keeping within touching distance of the title race.
Keen not to lose sight of the bigger picture, Myers said that the team will use the defeat as something to learn from in order to bounce back stronger.
‘We are always disappointed after losses and that’s normal but we also know we are in a development programme and the players have to learn from things like this and bounce back’, he added.
‘We as coaches learn more from ourselves and players in defeat as it’s about how we all react now. It’s now about how we bounce back, and we will do.
'The players are very disappointed at the moment but we will keep working on it. They were keen to try and keep the crown – now we need to focus on ourselves and do what we need to do, win games and perform as we know we can.’