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Matchday Wednesday 13th July 2005
Wycombe Wanderers 1
Chelsea 5
Friendly
Charlie Griffin heads home against Chelsea An Adams Park record 10,000 crowd saw Josť Mourinho put his top stars on display as Chelsea strolled to a 5-1 victory over a new look Wanderers. John Gorman's side had slightly the better of the opening exchanges before Frank Talia was beaten in the 30th minute when Damien Duff fired home. Carlton Cole made it 2-0 three minutes later but Wanderers' high point in the game came when substitute Charlie Griffin scored with his first touch as he headed home on the hour mark past Petr Cech. Arjen Robben restored the two goal advantage within a minute before the Premiership Champions confirmed their class with a late brace from Jire Jarosik. Mourinho was suitably impressed with the pitch and facilities at Wycombe and has suggested he would bring his side back next season for another friendly.
The near 10,000 attendance were treated to a classy display by the visitors who included the likes of John Terry, Eidur Gudjohson and Joe Cole in their starting XI. Meanwhile, Wanderers gave debuts to new signings Stefan Oakes, Kevin Betsy and Tommy Mooney and they seemed comfortable as the early stages saw Nathan Tyson have a shot from the left saved by Carlo Cudicini and Betsy angle an effort wide from the opposite flank.
At the other end Frank Talia did well to react to save from Gudjohnsen on a couple of occasions but the Wycombe 'keeper could do nothing to prevent Duff from opening the scoring on the half hour mark when the Republic of Ireland international converted from the left side of the six yard area. Carlton Cole score from a similar position following a corner from the right before both teams caught a breather on an extremely hot evening in Buckinghamshire.
Kevin Betsy leaves Paulo Ferreira groundedChelsea made seven changes at the break but any thoughts of a weakening of the side were wiped away with the emergence of Frank Lampard, William Gallas, Paulo Ferreira and Tiago, to name just four. Meanwhile, John Gorman stuck with his starting XI as he saw Talia make an excellent block from Jarosik five minutes after the restart.
Wycombe's first substitutions came on 58 minutes and within moments the home fans had something to cheer about when Clint Easton whipped in a cross from the left and Griffin rose to head past Petr Cech. Thoughts of a Wycombe equaliser were dashed within a minute when Robben broke down the left channel before slotting past Talia. Then after a flurry of substitutions, the English Champions well and truly wrapped the game up with Jarosik strikely sweetly home from the right in the 70th minute and then with five minutes remaining the same player sent a low shot past Steve Williams from just inside the left side of the penalty area.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Chelsea 5
Wycombe: Talia (sub 78 Williams), Senda (sub 75 Lee), Easton, Oakes (sub 62 Stonebridge), Johnson, Williamson (sub 62 Nethercott), Betsy (sub 67 Anya), Burnell, Tyson (sub 67 Dixon), Bloomfield (sub 58 Griffin), Mooney (sub 58 Martin) - subs not used: Myres, Brown
Chelsea: Cudicini (sub HT Cech), Johnson (sub 67 Watt), N Morais (sub HT Tiago), Terry (sub HT Elmer), Del Horno (sub HT Gallas), Gudjohnsen (sub HT Ferreira), Grant (sub HT Lampard), Jarosik, J Cole (sub 73 Younghusband), C Cole (sub 62 F Morais), Duff (sub HT Robben)
Referee: Mr P Taylor Attendance: 10,000 (official record at Adams Park)
Wycombe and Chelsea line-up for a minute's silence prior to the kick-off
Report dedicated to those who lost their lives or injured in the London bombings on 7th July.
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