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Chelsea 2-1 AFC Wimbledon: Hosts Progress In Carabao Cup

Noni Madueke scored his second goal since joining Chelsea in JanuaryChelsea had to come from behind to beat League Two AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge.

The visitors started brightly and took the lead through a penalty in the 18th minute.

Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez jumped into Harry Pell while trying to punch away a free-kick, and James Tilley made no mistake as he struck the ball powerfully down the centre of Sanchez’s goal.

It was also a penalty which brought Chelsea level on the stroke of half-time.

Noni Madueke was brought down by Alex Pearce and the winger dusted himself down to confidently send Alex Bass the wrong way.

Chelsea, who if they complete the signing of Manchester City’s Cole Palmer will have taken their spending in this transfer window into the region of £400m, had to bring on some of their big names from the bench.

And it was £105m midfielder Enzo Fernandez who completed the turnaround when he picked up on Alex Bass’ poor clearance to fire in from outside the area.

Chelsea made to work to reach next round Johnnie Jackson’s side were not overawed by their trip to Stamford Bridge.

There are 63 places between the two sides but Wimbledon were able to cause Chelsea problems with their set-pieces and organised long balls.

After taking the lead, Wimbledon didn’t just sit back. It took a Levi Colwill interception to stop forward Josh Davison going through on goal during a Wimbledon counter-attack.

When Chelsea did draw level, it was no surprise it came via Madueke, who had been the Blues’ brightest attacking outlet.

Mauricio Pochettino was far from happy with his team’s performance, though, and went down the tunnel a couple of minutes before the first half finished.

Ali Al Hamadi, introduced in the second half, had a shot blocked by Axel Disasi after some good work on the edge of the box.

Chelsea then brought on Malo Gusto and Fernandez as they looked to avoid a cup upset.

Fernandez had an effort from around 30 yards out saved before he picked up on Bass’ deflected clearance to put Chelsea into the third round with his first goal for the club.

It could have been more comfortable for Chelsea but captain for the night Conor Gallagher fired over from inside the area in added time.

Line-upsChelseaFormation 4-2-3-1

1Sánchez

48Humphreys2Disasi26Colwill3Cucurella

23Gallagher16Ugochukwu

11Madueke29Maatsen43da Silva Moreira

37Burstow

1Sánchez48Humphreys2Disasi26ColwillSubstituted forGustoat 65’minutes3Cucurella23Gallagher16Ugochukwu11MaduekeSubstituted forCaicedoat 81’minutes29MaatsenBooked at 88mins43da Silva MoreiraSubstituted forJacksonat 45’minutes37BurstowSubstituted forFernándezat 65’minutesSubstitutes6Thiago Silva8Fernández15Jackson21Chilwell25Caicedo27Gusto28Petrovic47Bergström53Samuels-SmithWimbledonFormation 4-4-1-1

12Bass

33Ogundere31Lewis15Pearce6Johnson

7Tilley27Williams16Ball11Neufville

8Pell

9Davison

12Bass33Ogundere31Lewis15PearceBooked at 47minsSubstituted forBrownat 56’minutes6Johnson7TilleySubstituted forMcLeanat 89’minutes27Williams16Ball11NeufvilleSubstituted forSasuat 78’minutes8PellBooked at 51minsSubstituted forBugielat 78’minutes9DavisonSubstituted forAl Hamadiat 56’minutesSubstitutes1Tzanev3Brown10Al Hamadi17McLean18Bugiel21Lock25Sutcliffe29Sasu32JenningsReferee:Tony Harrington

Attendance:37,794

Live TextMatch ends, Chelsea 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Attempt missed. Enzo Fernández (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ian Maatsen following a fast break.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Axel Disasi.

Attempt blocked. Ali Al Hamadi (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Williams (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ali Al Hamadi.

Hand ball by Ryan McLean (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Conor Gallagher (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marc Cucurella.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Attempt saved. Ali Al Hamadi (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Omar Bugiel.

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Ryan McLean replaces James Tilley.

Enzo Fernández (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Morgan Williams (AFC Wimbledon).

Ian Maatsen (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ian Maatsen (Chelsea).

Ali Al Hamadi (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Alex Bass.

Attempt saved. Enzo Fernández (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicolas Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Axel Disasi (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Enzo Fernández with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Alex Bass.