As we’ve done in a few games, Chelsea began brightly. Unlike in many of those games, this time we even took advantage of it on the scoreboard.
After Conor Gallagher was only able to draw a good save from the goalkeeper, Cole Palmer gave Kaminski no chance as he flashed an angled shot across him and into the far side netting. Palmer, in classic fashion, had intercepted a pass out from Kabore to set up that opportunity.
Chelsea’s impetus after those opening 15 minutes waned however and Luton started their expected barrage of crosses into the area, both from open play and from set pieces. We were able to deal with them, mostly comfortably enough, and without giving a shot away.
The game was far from free-flowing, but a nice combination between Colwill, Jackson, and Caicedo then got us moving forward in the 37th minute, and Madueke took advantage with some individual brilliance to fire a tremendous shot into the top corner with his right foot to give us a 2-0 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the second half, and Chelsea eventually again popped up with a moment of brilliance, this time with Jackson feeding Palmer, who danced over and around the goalkeeper and in-between three defenders to walk in his second, our third.
We thought the game was over; Luton did not, and after we were saved by VAR and then the crossbar, Ross Barkley headed in a corner after being put under exactly zero pressure.
And then after Petrovic pulled off a miracle save, Luton got a second back, with Adebayo scrambling home at the far post.
Thankfully, we would not concede a third.
- Four changes from midweek, three in attack and one at the back with Silva coming in for Badiashile. Palmer, Madueke, and Broja all start, with Mudryk, Maatsen, and Nkunku rotating out.
- Like-for-like change in Nkunku for Broja, then Enzo on for Madueke to add an extra body into midfield for the final 10 minutes, then Gilchrist on for stoppage time as we tried to hang on.
- First away win after losing the previous four
- Next up: Preston North End in the third round of the FA Cup next Saturday