Thursday 10 January 2013, 7:05pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea U21s
Feruz 62'; Baker (pen) 73'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

62' Goal

Islam Feruz
Assist by Adam Nditi

73' Penalty

Lewis Baker

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Davey
Off:John Terry

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lamisha Musonda
Off:Billy Clifford

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Swift
Off:Ruben Loftus-Cheek

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris David
Off:Sean Davies

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Corey Gameiro
Off:Ronny Minkwitz

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dino Islamovic
Off:Omri Altman

Two second-half goals meant our U21s fell to a 2-0 defeat to local rivals Chelsea on Thursday.

An Islam Feruz strike and a Lewis Baker penalty saw Fulham taste defeat in the first match from the second phase of their league season against Chelsea on Thursday night.

Kit Symons' boys were up against a side led by former England captain John Terry, who was making his return from injury. The Whites, though, had our own fans' favourite returning in the form of Simon Davies. New signing Chris David was also involved, making his first appearance in a Fulham shirt when he entered the action as a second-half substitute. 

“It was a good game of football actually and was very even,” Kit told after the match. “The first goal you felt was always going to be crucial and it was a really disappointing one, from our point of view, when it came.

“It was our corner and we made a couple of bad decisions that led to them scoring a really, really soft goal. The second was a penalty given for handball against Sean Kavanagh – the lad blasted the ball at him from pretty close so it’s one of those where it certainly hit him on the hand and you’ve seen them given before but you’ve also seen them not given.

“So that was disappointing but we had a few good chances as well and overall it was a pretty decent game of football. We were disappointed to lose but the effort and the performance overall was quite pleasing. You don’t like losing any game, especially not to your local rivals, but with the performance levels I was reasonably pleased.”

Terry played the first 45 minutes for the hosts and while Kit admits it is good for his young troops to test themselves against players of the Chelsea captain’s calibre, he felt they may have gained more from someone else on the pitch.

“It’s always good to come up against big name players like John Terry,” he said. “So that was good for them but it was probably better for them that they played alongside Simon Davies. I think that was a big boost for everyone because he’s a top pro who does things the right way so a lot of the boys will have learnt a lot from playing alongside him.

“Simon did really, really well. He was scheduled to play 60 minutes and ended up playing 65 but looked really fresh. It was his first game for a while and we had to take him off but he did look really fresh – his fitness levels looked really good and I was very pleased with him and I’m sure he’ll be pleased with his own performance.”

Fulham’s longest-serving player was replaced by the latest addition to our ranks and Kit was pleased with the contribution of young Dutchman David.

“Chris came on for Simon and showed some nice touches,” he said. “With all new boys coming in – but especially those coming in from a foreign country – you’d imagine it’s going to take a little time to adapt to the British game.

“It was quite a high-tempo game so it will take some getting used to for him but he’s clearly a good footballer and he showed some nice touches.”

Fulham: 1. Joronen, 2. Vigen Christensen, 3. Kavanagh, 4. Davies, 5. Grimmer, 6. Pritchard, 7. Williams, 8. Smith (c), 9. Dalla Valle, 10. Minkwitz, 11. Altman. Subs: 12. Somogyi, 14. Islamovic, 15. David, 16. Peniket, 17. Gameiro.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Thursday 10 January 2013
Kick-off: 7:05pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea U21s

Line-up: Walker; Musunda, Christensen, Terry (Davey 45'), Nditi; Saville, Loftus-Cheek (Swift 54'); Lalkovic, Billy Clifford (Musonda 45'), Baker; Feruz

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Christensen, Pritchard, Grimmer, Kavanagh; Davies (David 67'), Smith; Ryan Williams, Minkwitz (Gameiro 71'), Altman (Islamovic 89'); Dalla Valle

Chelsea U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Sam Walker
  • 2Tika Musunda
  • 3Andreas Christensen
  • 26John Terry
  • 5Adam Nditi
  • 6George Saville
  • 8Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 7Milan Lalkovic
  • 10Billy Clifford
  • 11Lewis Baker
  • 9Islam Feruz
  • 12Alex Davey
  • 14Lamisha Musonda
  • 15John Swift
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 6Josh Pritchard
  • 5Jack Grimmer
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Sean Davies
  • 8Alex Smith
  • 7Ryan Williams
  • 10Ronny Minkwitz
  • 11Omri Altman
  • 9Lauri Dalla Valle
  • 14Dino Islamovic
  • 15Chris David
  • 17Corey Gameiro