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Wycombe Wanderers 0
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Wanderers went down 5-0 to a mixed Chelsea side, as close to 8,000 fans turned out for Matt Bloomfield's testimonial as Adams Park. Wanderers just about held their own for the first 45 minutes but the introduction of some 'big guns' after the interval, swung the game convincingly in favour of the Premier League side.
Wycombe fielded what could be considered to be close to the strongest current XI in the first half. The line-up included new signing Jacobson at the back.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Nathan Ake pulled the ball back from the left bye-line for Patrick Bamford to angle a volley past Matt Ingram from the near corner of the six yard box. Most of the play for the remainder of the half was confined to the Chelsea half, as the visitors seemed content with passing square and Wycombe reluctant to make any significant tackles.
Wycombe's best efforts of the game came towards the end of the first half - the closest when a Sam Wood corner from the right was dropped at the far post by Chelsea 'keeper Mark Schwarzer and Aaron Pierre saw his shot on the turn cleared off the line.
It was all change as usual at the break with Chelsea's including John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic. Meanwhile, Wanderers' introduced new signing Sido Jombati.
Chelsea sealed their victory for the evening with two goals in the opening five minutes of the second period - first a move down the Chelsea left saw the ball pulled back from the bye-line for Izzy Brown to slot home from six yards - then an outswinging corner from the right was smashed in from the near side of the box by Terry to make it 3-0.
Poor defending from Wycombe led to Chelsea's fourth just before the hour mark when a free kick was dinked into the box for Ivanovic to get to first and head past Ingram from six yards.
Wanderers introduced new signing Peter Murphy on the hour and shortly afterwards, West Ham defender Callum Driver as a triallist. With the contest over, Bloomfield got a great reception when he was substituted for new signing Nathan Evans and there was even time for a late cameo appearance from Gareth Ainsworth before Brown completed the scoring on 86 minutes for Chelsea with the goal of the match - sweetly striking home from around 20 yards and into the right corner of the net.
Full-time - Wycombe 0 Chelsea 5
Post match reaction:
Commenting after the game, Matt Bloomfield said the reception he got from both sets of supporters was a humbling experience, saying, "I'd like them to know it means an incredible amount to myself, my wife and my family. It might sound a bit sentimental but it's the truth and I'd like to thank Wycombe from the bottom of my heart for the reception they gave me tonight. I'll never forget it. To see everyone in the ground - and I'd like to thank the Chelsea fans as well, they had the same respect - it was such a humbling moment for myself. It was a dream come true. When I was lucky enough to be granted a testimonial at Wycombe, the fans' night was amazing, the golf day was great, but to be able to get Chelsea down and a packed crowd - it's just very humbling. I was choked. Ten years is a third of my life and to spend it here is incredible - I've loved every minute of it."
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