Chelsea came out a bit flat, but eventually settled into the game and created a succession of decent-to-good chances in the first thirty minutes.
Unfortunately, Palmer chipped wide when 1-v-1 with the goalkeeper in the middle of the area, while Raheem Sterling and Enzo Fernández both saw presentable chances saved by the goalkeeper. It wasn’t overly impressive or flowing from the Blues, but it “should” have been enough.
Preston finished the half on the front foot, much to the dismay of many, but never posed a threat on our goal.
The second half began much the same as the first did, but this time we were able to make a chance count, with Armando Broja heading in a lovely cross from Malo Gusto just before the hour mark. Broja almost made it two just a couple minutes later, this time from a Mudryk cross, but hit the crossbar instead.
And then the floodgates opened. Silva powered one in from a Palmer corner, then Sterling converted a free kick beautifully after Palmer got chopped down. Broja saw another effort cleared off the line, before Enzo made it 4-0 thanks to VAR overturning the linesman flag. Even young Michael Golding almost got in on the action in his senior debut.
Unlike Luton last weekend, Preston did not have a late comeback in them.
On to the fourth round!
- Four changes from last weekend, more if you count positional switches.
- First senior start for Alfie Gilchrist, playing at right back; senior debut for young Michael Golding in the final few minutes
- The draw for the fourth round will be on Monday
- Next up: League Cup semifinal first leg against Middlesbrough, away, on Tuesday