A young Chelsea side produced a thrilling comeback to overcome an impressive AFC Wimbledon side but they needed a big helping hand from captain John Terry who came off the bench to score twice in the second-half.
The League Two side led by two goals at the break after Alan Bennett headed his team in front after just 40 seconds and Matt Tubbs doubled the advantage six minutes before half-time after dispatching the penalty he won.
But Jose Mourinho made a host of changes at the break, including introducing Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, and at the full-time whistle, Chelsea were celebrating their second victory in three days with Lewis Baker particularly impressing.
Terry provided Chelsea with their first goal after a frustrating 74 minutes, when he headed home Baker’s corner. The 19-year-old was also the provider for the equalising goal when he picked out Mohamed Salah who turned the ball into the net on 83 minutes.
And the comeback was completed a minute before additional time when Baker’s corner delivery once again picked out Terry who headed in the winner.
1’ - GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Chelsea! Incredible! The League Two side win a corner straight from kick-off and Bennett somehow found himself unmarked and he makes no mistake from a routine header!
38’ - PENALTY TO AFC WIMBLEDON!
39’ – GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Chelsea! Tubbs won the penalty after drawing Zouma into a foul and the striker makes no mistake from the spot.
41’ – CHANCE! Great counter-attacking football from Chelsea as Salah breaks forward with pace before playing in Swift who takes slightly too long on the ball and his shot is well blocked by a defender.
46’ – SUBS: We're off for the second-half. Chelsea have made a host of changes at the break with Ivanovic and Terry amongst the substitutes. Dasilva, Romeu, Brown and Salanke are also on.
48’ – CHANCE! Salah picks out Baker in front of goal with a delightful pass which Baker heads first time towards goal but Shea makes a good stop. He could have perhaps taken a touch. Best chance for Chelsea so far though.
50’ - SO CLOSE! Baker does well to find Brown at the back post but his header is wide of the goal. Brown is looking for his third goal of the week after grabbing a brace against Wycombe.
67’ - WHAT A CHANCE! With the goal at his mercy after finding himself unmarked from a free-kick, van Ginkel somehow heads at the 'keeper! How has he missed?
74’ – GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Chelsea! Terry grabs a goal back for the Premier League side, heading home from a Baker corner.
83’ – GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Chelsea! And there's the equaliser and what a neat finish it was as well. Baker's deep cross finds Salah who turns the ball into the bottom corner.
89' - GOAAAAAL! AFC Wimbledon 2-3 Chelsea! Deja-vu! He's done it again! Terry heads in Baker's corner to surely win the game for Chelsea. A wonderful comeback!
Is the future bright at Chelsea? It was certainly a game of two halves as AFC Wimbledon strolled into a two goal lead at the break. It was a big disappointment, considering the majority of this side had easily rolled over Wycombe Wanderers in midweek. But, while the likes of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic made a huge difference in the second-half, it was two of Chelsea's hottest prospects who transformed the mood of Jose Mourinho. Lewis Baker provided three assists and Mohamed Salah, who played the 90 minutes, was the only positive out of an abject first-half performance and he continued to get better as the match went on, finally grabbing an equaliser with a neat finish.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Lewis Baker (Chelsea): Chelsea’s new up and coming talent must be given a chance to progress at Cobham. The midfielder oozes class and his second-half appearance would have gone some way to show manager Jose Mourinho just exactly what he is capable of. His deadly deliveries from corners provided Chelsea with two goals and an excellent cross which displayed his incredible vision set up the impressive Mohamed Salah for the equaliser
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