Callum Hudson-Odoi has spoken of his delight in returning to the scoresheet after his goal contributed to the win over Chesterfield in the FA Cup.
The Cobham graduate started at left wing-back and was a thorn in the side of Chesterfield’s right-hand side throughout, using his pace and trickery to create many chances for Chelsea’s forward line.
‘We came out here to prove a point which we did,’ Hudson-Odoi said post-match. ‘Credit to them as well, they gave a good fight throughout the whole game.
‘I was told to be wide and be direct and create as many chances as possible. I said to myself I have to try and create, be aggressive on one v ones and win your battle every time.’
Speaking of his goal, which was a beautiful curling effort, he talked us through what was going through his mind at the time.
‘As I ran inside I was looking for an option to pass, but I said to myself let’s just go for goal. I could see the keeper was a bit more to one side, so I whipped it as much as possible. I was delighted it paid off.’
Hudson-Odoi has now contributed to more FA Cup goals than any other Chelsea player since his debut in the competition in 2018, with four goals and four assists to his name since then.
‘I didn’t even know that, but that’s a nice stat to have,’ he said, smiling. ‘It’s a nice competition to play in and obviously we want to go as far as possible and try and win it. Definitely, we’re going to keep pushing and we will keep working and hopefully we can get to the final.’
He also praised debutant Lewis Hall after a fantastic and composed performance in defence. As he also graduated from the club’s Academy, Hudson-Odoi knows just as much as anyone what that will have meant for Lewis Hall.
‘He was amazing. I said to him throughout the whole game just keep playing the way you are playing. From early you could spot it, how confident he was on the ball, driving with the ball. Defensively he was solid as well, and I am very happy for him. Hopefully he can keep going.’
On our chances of winning the competition for the first time since 2018, the 21-year-old said: ‘We will try our best. We will take it game by game. Every game that comes we will try and do our best and go as far as we can in every competition.’