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It's good to see Sam Hutchinson involved with the club after the tragic way his career came to an early end. From the official site:


Sam Hutchinson joins Jason Cundy to offer expert analysis on Chelsea TV this Thursday when the Under 18s begin their FA Youth Cup campaign.

You can watch the away game against Sunderland live, exclusively on the club's official television channel, with pre-match build-up and team news from 6.30pm.

Chelsea youth product Hutchinson was forced into early retirement this season after the 21-year-old defender suffered a reoccurrence of a knee injury that had affected his previous three seasons. Hutchinson first joined Chelsea aged nine; he is now works in the Academy while studying sports science.

On Thursday he joins Cundy to preview the fixture before a pre-match interview with youth team manager Dermot Drummy and Academy players.

But before that you can relive the goals from yesterday's 7-0 thrashing of Ipswich in The Weekend Review at 6.30pm tonight.

Ian Pearce joins Cundy to analyse yesterday's fixture with post-match reaction from Salomon Kalou, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard.

The FA Youth Cup game kicks off at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground on Thursday. Ticket prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.


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Brilliant to see the club standing by him so much, shame it happened to such an obviously decent lad and superb talent. Be great to see him progress through the ranks at the clubs over time, now that really would be a story if he managed to get into the 1st squad coaching staff.

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To answer my own question:


Chelsea's youth side are back in action as they play their first FA Youth Cup tie against Sunderland aiming to go all the way and retain the all-important trophy.

The game is exclusively live on Chelsea TV and Chelsea TV Online on Thursday 13 January from the Academy of Light.

Our coverage kicks off from 12.30pm with live pre-match build-up including an interview with youth team manager Dermot Drummy followed by the full game live.

As there are no replays in the FA Youth Cup, if the game remains tied after 90 minutes and extra-time then penalties will decide the tie.

Don't miss it - Thursday 12.30pm.


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Scrappy game, not helped by the conditions and the fact that the teams hadn't played together for a while, as you say with a lot of new faces. Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, second goal looked offside but overall it was a well deserved win.

Match report from the official site:

Second-half goals from schoolboy Nathaniel Chalobah and midfielder George Saville were sufficient to win a competitive encounter in the north-east and line-up a Stamford Bridge match against Arsenal in the fourth round.

Both goals were scrambled affairs following set-pieces. Chalobah (pictured), an England Under 17 international who only turned 16 in December, scored from just a couple of yards out, and Saville, a 17-year-old in his second full-time year, was not much further from goal when he hit the target.

That was indicative of a tight encounter between two strong sides who each struck woodwork in the first 45 minutes.

The match was held behind-closed-doors at Sunderland's youth training ground - The Academy of Light - a late switch from the original venue due to the state of the pitch at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground. You can watch the full 90 minutes on Chelsea TV at 6.30pm tonight.

It was the Chelsea youth team's first game for a month. Sunderland, who top their section of the Academy League, had been inactive for even longer, and it took a while for either side to carve out a chance.

Eight minutes in came the first opening for Chelsea after full-back Billy Clifford and winger Todd Kane combined down the right, Clifford's cross falling for Milan Lalkovic but from a difficult position the Slovakian hit a bouncing ball over.

On 13 minutes, Jamal Blackman in the Chelsea goal didn't get a full hand on a free-kick crossed into the box in blustery conditions but the Blues survived.

It needed a great save from Blackman's opposite number Lewis King 19 minutes in to keep out Lalkovic when the centre-forward hit a sweet volley on target from a Kane cross, following more good work from Clifford in the build-up. Bobby Devyne couldn't snaffle up the rebound.

In the next 10 minutes former Chelsea youth team player Billly Knott, a team-mate of several of this Chelsea team last season was involved twice, first earning a yellow card for a foul on Archange Nkumu.

Sunderland were looking dangerous from set-pieces and when one was headed down inside the area on 31 minutes, there was good fortune for Chelsea as Knott volleyed hard and low against the post.

Before that, Sunderland striker Jordan Laidler headed a cross on target, only for Blackman to turn it wide at full-stretch.

On 38 minutes Chelsea evened the woodwork count when Clifford caught Adam Mitchell napping and carried the ball 20 yards before his effort beat the keeper but cannoned back into play off the foot of a post.

In the 10 minutes before the break Chelsea began to take control of the game and there could have been an opener when Lalkovic scooped over the bar from close range, and again when the same player's lob was too high as Sunderland's defence was caught out by a long punt from the back by Danny Pappoe.

There was plenty of defending for Chelsea to do early in the second half and when Anton Rodgers couldn't cut out a pass and Knott found himself in the clear, there was much relief when the midfielder rolled his chance wide.

Chelsea made a change on 53 minutes, Ben Sampayo coming on at right-back with Clifford moving into midfield. Nkumu was the player to make way with Nathaniel Chalobah dropping into central defence.

The Blues were attempting to use the pace of Lalkovic, often a winger, by trying to find him early, but the tactic wasn't paying dividends.

It was perhaps no surprise that when the opening goal came on 62 minutes, given the tightness of the game, it took a set-piece to break the deadlock.

Sunderland gave away a free-kick midway inside their half for a shirt tug and although the delivery was dangerous, it was initially headed clear. Clifford returned the ball back into a crowded six-yard box and Chalobah was in the right place to divert the ball over the line.

The second goal, scored on 75 minutes, came from the same supply line as the first, a free-kick from Anton Rodgers, son of Swansea manager and former Chelsea reserve coach Brendan.

It was awarded for a foul on Devyne and again Sunderland cleared the ball but only for a game of pinball to follow in the home side's penalty area. First Saville's shot was blocked, as was the follow up effort from Clifford, before Saville turned it in at his second time of asking.

Chelsea played out the rest of the game without scares. Laidler found space near the end but shot wide with the home side's final half-chance.

The first hurdle in the defence of the FA Youth Cup had been cleared.

'It was a really tough game,' said youth team manager Dermot Drummy.

'Sunderland are a good Academy side with a great coach in Kevin Ball. It wasn't a refined game. We both looked like we needed a game after a long break but the character of both sides was first class. First-half our strategy was fine, we didn't want to let them get in behind us.

'Second luck we rode our luck when Billy Knott almost scored but then we got the goal and that gave us the impetus and we relaxed. We were edgy before that, being holdersis new to these lads, but some put in accomplished performances and the biggest factor was we showed a great mentality.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman; Billy Clifford, Daniel Pappoe ©, Archange Nkumu (Ben Sampayo 53), Aziz Deen-Conteh; Nathaniel Chalobah (Adam Nditi 90+2), Anton Rodgers, George Saville; Todd Kane, Milan Lalkovic, Bobby Devyne.

Sunderland (4-1-2-1-2): Lewis King; Liam Marrs, John Egan, Michael Lamb, Jordan Watson; Louis Liang; Andrew Harrison, Brett Elliot; Billy Knott; Adam Mitchell, Jordan Laidler.

Chelsea host Arsenal's youth team in the fourth round at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday, 19 January. The game will be live on Chelsea TV.

Kick-off is 7pm with tickets costing £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

They must be purchased via the box office - in person, online or by phone by 4pm on Wednesday 19 January to ensure entry. No tickets will be sold after 4pm on the day of the match.

For postal delivery, tickets need to be purchased by 1pm Friday 14 January.

This Saturday's home youth league game against West Ham has been postponed.

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The youth team's fourth round FA Youth Cup clash with Arsenal has been postponed until a later date.

The game was originally set to take place on Wednesday 19 January at Stamford Bridge, kicking off at 7pm.

The new date for the fixture will be announced soon, the game will also be covered live on Chelsea TV.

Not next Wednesday then.

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It was good to see Hutch on there doing the analysis of the game, I was interested to see how he came across and I've got to say I was very impressed. He was forceful with his views and happy to put them across, he made sense and spoke well. It seemed strange him keep referring to them as "the boys" though!

Lots of changes to the team from last year but again some good performances, I thought they made harder work of it than they needed too but all in all it was a job well done.

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New date for the Arsenal game:

The Under 18s' FA Youth Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal will take place on Thursday 20 January.

The game will kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions, with a maximum of 10 available per person.

Tickets will be available online until 5pm on Wednesday 19 January; seats will remain on sale through the box office until 4pm on Thursday 20 January.

Due to the FA Youth Cup game, Chelsea's reserve fixture against Aston Villa, originally set for Thursday 20 January, has been postponed. The new date for this game will be announced soon.


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Breaking news and an added incentive, if any were needed, to watch tomorrow's game against Arsenal:


Josh McEachran has played in the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League this campaign but will now represent the Under 18s in the FA Youth Cup.

The midfielder was an instrumental part of the Under 18s' FA Youth Cup success last campaign, when we won the trophy for the first time in 49 years. Now he'll face Arsenal in the fourth round of this season's competition, which kicks off at 7pm this Thursday.

'Josh McEachran will play, we're very pleased with that,' reveals youth team Dermot Drummy. 'We feel it's a very big fixture, there will be a big crowd there at Stamford Bridge and it's a top Academy game so he'll be playing.'

The fourth round of the FA Youth Cup comes after the Blues beat Sunderland 2-0 last week and for Drummy the game will be a chance to face an old friend.

Arsenal's youth team manager Steve Bould once boasted Drummy as his assistant and these days they share the same beliefs when it comes to football.

'Steve Bould is a very good coach. He came in as an Under 12 coach when I was Under 14 coach at Arsenal,' explains Drummy.

'He progressed to Under 16s and then youth coach and I went in as his assistant. Our minds are alike when it comes to the way we'd like the game played.

'I got a lot of knowledge off Steve on the defensive side of the game, the sort of answers that you can only get from someone who has played the game at a top level.

'We think deeply about the game and our philosophies at each club are the same, we want to play football.'

Arsenal, like Chelsea, will hope to play attacking, fluid football. It was a tactic Drummy was aiming for against Sunderland in the last round but after several postponements in December, a lack of competitive football for the youth team meant otherwise.

Instead, Chelsea's goals came from set pieces and with a large crowd expected at the Bridge this Thursday, Drummy knows his young side will need to settle before fluid football comes.

'Sunderland was a very tactical game in the first half. It was a strange game, it wasn't flowing, we know that, but we did feel we would have a chance with set plays.

'Arsenal will be an edgy game to start with because the boys are playing at Stamford Bridge in front of a big crowd. It will settle down into a free-flowing game though, I don't expect it to be a negative game.'

Tickets for the FA Youth Cup are still available online and through the box office and call centre, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Tickets must be purchased before 4pm on the day of the game.

After being humbled by the support fans showed during last season's FA Youth Cup campaign, Drummy knows the Chelsea faithful could make the difference on Thursday.

'The fans support the youth team like they support the first team; it's fantastic that the emotions are there.

'I hope they get behind us on the night, we will be doing our upmost to beat Arsenal and they could be our 12th man,' he adds.

Chelsea TV will have full, live coverage of the FA Youth Cup from 6.30pm and, if you're not a Sky subscriber, you can stream the game live onto your PC with CTV Online.


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More from the official site:


Sam Hutchinson will be back in the Chelsea TV studio for Thursday night's coverage of the FA Youth Cup game with Arsenal.

The former defender, 21, was forced to retire at the beginning of the season due to a long-term knee injury, but has since begun a college course while working part-time at the Chelsea Academy, so there are few people better placed to give their opinions on the current crop of youngsters.

Having assessed last week's 2-0 win at Sunderland, 'Hutch' felt the boys could have performed better and said as much on the club's official in-house channel in his new role as pundit.

'From playing, I was quite vocal in the changing rooms anyway, and knowing these boys and how they can play and how Dermot wants them to play, it was funny seeing them play how they did,' he reflected. 'I tried to be honest and I know the boys closely, they are a good team and I expected a bit more.

'It was a battle at the end of the day, they hadn't played for four weeks, the weather up at Sunderland wasn't nice, it's not an easy place to play, so it was an accumulation of things but importantly they did what they had to.

'Now at Stamford Bridge this one is a massive game, and it will be a great spectacle. I'm looking forward to seeing Josh McEachran play in his age group again, and it will be good for him to get 90 minutes.'

Working as a mentor, Hutch speaks regularly with the Academy scholars and Under 16 schoolboys who make up the Youth Cup squad.

'Depending on my schedule I speak to them up to three times a week, I just chat with them and see how they're going,' he explained. 'They're top lads and they work hard. Most of them have come through all the way at Chelsea and have the right mentality of an Academy player, they're down to earth and on a level.

'It's a good team, there is a lot of unity. At my age group we had Scott Sinclair who had all the flashy tricks and was individually skilled, whereas this team's strength is its togetherness. They still haven't played a lot together, so if they can get a run of games they will improve even more.'

His own Youth Cup experiences remain a source of frustration, with two years of under-achievement still relatively fresh in the memory.

'My two years were rubbish,' he laughed.'We got knocked out in the fourth round both times. Brighton at the Withdean, we lost 2-1 and I got injured in the first half-hour, shock, but played on, and we were terrible.

'Then a year later we went to Anfield and lost, nobody seemed to want it and we lost 2-0. Miroslav Stoch got kicked into the stand after about five minutes and that was game over for us - we should have done better, we had Jack Cork, Michael Mancienne, Ryan Bertrand, Liam Bridcutt, Ben Sahar, Scott Sinclair, and Brendan Rodgers as a coach, who I think is a great coach, so it was very frustrating.'

Times have changed since then though, and we are now Youth Cup holders after victory over Aston Villa in last season's final. A win against Arsenal will see the lads one step closer to defending their crown.


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Half way through the first half, we've done everything but score. Had one disallowed for offside, another cleared off the line, couple of great saves from the Arsenal keeper, and arguably should have had a penalty.

Edit: Just seen the replay - definite penalty.

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God knows how we havent scored here, absolutely battering them. Add yes, without doubt a penalty, he pushed him with 2 bloody hands for gods sake. missed what happened to this Arsenal lad on the ground at the moment though, he doesnt look in a good way.

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God knows how we havent scored here, absolutely battering them. Add yes, without doubt a penalty, he pushed him with 2 bloody hands for gods sake. missed what happened to this Arsenal lad on the ground at the moment though, he doesnt look in a good way.

been unlucky a few times and yes that was defo a penalty 2 hands the only reason maybe reff hasnt given it is couldnt see and going awawy from goal but should have been for sure

more of the same second half and we should get at least 1 gioal just hope they dont switch off and let a second in is this two legs?

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that lalkovic can certainly move cant he not seen many of the youth team play before to be honest saville seems like a good tackler of the ball toonice too see mceachrean playing further forward and has sent some nice balls through

come on boys

He certainly can and he's just sliced open the Arsenal defence for the equaliser!

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