ELEC­TRIC DEM­BELE IS WORTH KEEP­ING AN EYE ON

The Football League Paper - - LAST WORD -

I WATCHED Peter­bor­ough beat Chelsea U21s in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy in mid­week – and they looked re­ally strong go­ing for­ward.

It wasn’t all plain sail­ing for Steve Evans’ side, how­ever, as they went 1-0 down in the first half, be­fore re­spond­ing in full force in the sec­ond to de­servedly win 3-1.

The front four for Posh were too hot to han­dle for the youth­ful team put out by Chelsea’s Joe Ed­wards.

New loan sign­ing Lee Tom­lin lined up be­hind striker Ivan Toney, with Siriki Dem­bele on the left and Mar­cus Mad­di­son on the right in a 4-2-3-1.

Tom­lin was quiet be­fore be­ing re­placed at half-time with Ge­orge Cooper, who was ex­cel­lent, al­though the main threat came from the elec­tric Dem­bele.

He scored one and could have had an­other but for a block. Chelsea didn’t know how to han­dle this bag of tricks.

Able to go on the out­side and cut in, he worked the open­ing for the equaliser bril­liantly and Posh never looked back.

The su­pe­rior strength and power Peter­bor­ough played with in the sec­ond half blew the young Blues away, with Mad­di­son and Toney both bag­ging goals to com­plete a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win.

For Chelsea, this game ap­peared a step too far.

It will have been a good learn­ing curve for Ed­wards’ young pros, with the vol­ume of balls in the box some­thing they were un­pre­pared for but will have to be­come used to if they are to make the grade.

Posh power on and will face a much sterner test at Portsmouth in the last eight.

With Wem­b­ley get­ting closer, that should be a tasty tie.

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