EFL Cup - Third Round
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Walsall 1-4 Chelsea

Chelsea celebrate Loic Remy's goal
Loic Remy (second left) scored his first goal of the season

Chelsea eased through to the fourth round of the League Cup with a comfortable win over Walsall.

The Premier League side went ahead when summer signing Kenedy crossed for Ramires to nod home.

Remy doubled their lead with a powerful finish, but Walsall responded quickly when James O'Connor tapped in after Milan Lalkovic's free-kick was parried.

Kenedy's goal ended the League One side's hopes of an upset before Pedro added a fourth from distance.

The scoreline was perhaps harsh on the Saddlers, who competed strongly throughout, but Chelsea never looked in danger of a first League Cup defeat to lower-league opposition since 1989.

It was Brazilian Kenedy, signed from Fluminense, who particularly caught the eye on his first start for the Blues.

The 19-year-old reacted quickly when Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge lost possession to set up compatriot Ramires, and took his goal superbly with a firm strike through Etheridge's legs.

Walsall, who are currently second in the third tier, have now failed to reach the fourth round for the last 18 seasons.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We were not here to throw away a competition. When you start the season with bad results like we did you cannot lose against a League One team.

"To lose a game against a League One team now would not be good for us. We don't need that bad feeling now. We need good feelings.

"The team was strong, played well and I'm happy with the result."

Walsall manager Dean Smith: "The team talk was: 'We're not here to try not to lose, we're here to try and win.'

"They make it very difficult for you and they protect their back four very well. We gave it a go and we're disappointed with the scoreline a little bit. Maybe 4-1 flattered them."

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League Cup fourth round draw

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Manchester United v Middlesbrough

Everton v Norwich City

Southampton v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal

Hull City v Leicester City

Stoke City v Chelsea

(Ties to be played on 27 and 28 October)

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Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 2Demetriou
  • 6Downing
  • 4O'Connor
  • 14Henry
  • 7ChambersBooked at 59minsSubstituted forFlanaganat 73'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 18Morris
  • 10Sawyers
  • 15LalkovicSubstituted forFordeat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 21CookSubstituted forBaxendaleat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 11Baxendale
  • 12Forde
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 16Preston
  • 17Flanagan
  • 22Kinsella

Chelsea

  • 1Begovic
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 26TerryBooked at 52mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 6Baba
  • 12MikelBooked at 39mins
  • 36Loftus-CheekSubstituted forMaticat 72'minutes
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 16KenedySubstituted forPedroat 70'minutes
  • 18Remy
  • 9FalcaoSubstituted forDjilobodjiat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10E Hazard
  • 14Traore
  • 15Djilobodji
  • 17Pedro
  • 21Matic
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Aina
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
10,525

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home4
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 1, Chelsea 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Chelsea 4.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Papy Djilobodji replaces Falcao.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Walsall 1, Chelsea 4. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Pedro.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Jordan Cook.

  11. Booking

    Anthony Forde (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Forde (Walsall).

  13. Post update

    Falcao (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece Flanagan (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Falcao (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.