Ade Viveash has voiced his disappointment of Chelsea’s failure to retain the FA Youth Cup after they lost to Norwich City last night at Stamford Bridge.
Norwich’s 3-2 victory on the night saw them win 4-2 on aggregate.
Jeremie Boga gave Chelsea an early lead but they were quickly pegged back and found themselves behind after an own goal from Adam Nditi and Cameron McGeehan.
“We were delighted how we started the game and we got the early goal which we needed, and it was great play and a great finish by Jeremie,” Viveash told Chelsea’s official club website.
“The crowd were up but then we lost concentration. We had a great chance for Islam Feruz from a great pass from Lewis Baker to make it 2-0, and we didn’t take it.
“Norwich went up the other end and we fell asleep from a corner and the ball went in off Mitchell Beeney. It was our mistake for the second goal, we ask our centre-backs to play out from defence but Alex Davey got caught on the ball. I don’t know if it was a penalty or not, and I haven’t seen it back so I am not going to comment on that, but when that was scored it became an uphill struggle.
“We needed to get the next goal and we didn’t. We tried everything in the game, we went to three at the back and we had five forwards on the pitch, and we had two great chances at 2-1.”
Chelsea fell further behind as Josh Murphy put Norwich 3-1 ahead. Boga grabbed another goal but it would act as only a mere consolation on the night.
“All the players have got to analyse it but the fact we created so many chances over the two games is an important factor as well. Scoring goals is the hardest thing in football and we have made it look harder than it is over the two games, and that is for them to learn from.
“Unfortunately most of these players have had two big disappointments over the course of the year, they lost in the NextGen final and the Youth Cup final, and that is going to take a bit of getting over, but they need to come back stronger because the only way you’ll know if you have learned from it is if you bottle that feeling in the dressing room which was horrific, you get yourselves together and you go again.”