Our development squad are now unbeaten in 18 league games after last night's win over Everton, Luke McCormick converting an 83rd-minute penalty, won by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, to maintain a three-point lead at the top of the PL2 table.
Head coach Andy Myers spoke after his team's victory and credited the display at Aldershot. He also spoke on the winning goal, Loftus-Cheek's return and the PL2 title run-in.
Read: Loftus-Cheek completes 90 minutes and wins decisive penalty
On the performance...
‘In the first half, we lacked intensity a little bit and played in to their hands.’ Myers told the official Chelsea website. ‘They got behind the ball quickly and made it hard and difficult for us to break them down. The second half was different - we had to make forward runs to try and penetrate them and I think we did that and broke them down eventually.
‘It’s hard playing against a team that get behind the ball. You’ve got to be brave and when you get the opportunity to break you need players to run, penetrate and move the ball quick – that’s what we did.’
On the winning goal...
‘Luke McCormick converted the penalty really well and it was no more than we deserved but the most positive thing for the club is the fact that Ruben got through 90 minutes and it was a strong 90 against a tough team’, explained the development squad boss. ‘There was some good play that led to the goal - we were being intricate in and around the box and then Luke steps up under pressure and scores a very good penalty.’
On the remaining four PL2 games...
‘Points mean everything,’ he continued. ‘Leicester also won tonight, keeping the momentum up there, making sure we have to keep winning or getting points. Every game now has got to be treated like a final and the players are aware of that. With four games left, it’s in our hands at the moment but we have to respect the opposition and make sure we are ready to give everything to the cause.’
Next up for the development squad is a trip to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn on Monday 16 March, kick-off 7pm.