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2 March 2022

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Manager Nathan Jones was proud of his team’s effort after they fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Chelsea.

Taking the lead not once but twice, the Kenilworth Road crowd roared their approval as they sensed an upset, but the Blues flexed their Premier League superiority in the second period and took advantage with strikes from Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.

Speaking post-match, Jones said: “We wanted to have a right go and we wanted to come as far as we could have a big tie here to give the fans something to get behind and we did. I’m disappointed with certain elements because I thought we could have been braver at times, but we made big changes, we were coming up against the reigning European and world champions.

“We’re on different planets resources wide so I’m so proud of the club, so proud of the group of players and proud of the supporters because we showed the team in good light. It was televised so there was potential for the upset, we led twice, we had to defend well but we’ve given a wonderful account of ourselves and I’m so proud of everyone tonight.”

A superb record when scoring the first goal was ended on the night and the manager added: “You want a great start, and you want the first goal but that’s the first time we’ve lost since Portsmouth here in the 2016/17 season when we scored the first goal so if you’re going to lose a record, you lose it against someone like that.”

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