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Frank Lampard was looking all set to get his first win as Chelsea boss with Chelsea edging close to walking away with a slender victory, but a late Eric Molloy strike, aided by some sloppy work at the back from the Blues gave the home side a late draw.
It wasn’t a perfect game for the Blues, but there were lots of positives to draw from it as Lampard ensured a total of 22 players were given opportunities to get the first game under their belt as preparations intensify ahead of the new season.
Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher started the game as Lampard fielded a 4-3-3 formation, with Kasey Palmer and Danny Drinkwater also starting in midfield.
Speaking after the game, the 19-year-old revealed he enjoyed the game but admitted that the Blues weren’t at their best.
“I enjoyed it, it was a good game and it was good to be back out there playing a proper game,’ explained Conor.
“Obviously the main thing is all about getting fit and that’s what pre-season is for. It’s not about the result, it’s about getting fit, even though of course we would have liked to have won the game.
“It wasn’t our best performance and you could tell that we weren’t quite at it, but it’s about getting that sharpness back and that’s what these games are for.
“You could tell that they were slightly ahead in that respect, because they are midway through their season, but it was a good, tough game and they are a decent side, for sure.”
Chelsea’s next pre-season game is in three days against St Patrick’s.