Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams was delighted by the attendance during his side’s penalty shootout victory over Chelsea’s Under 21’s on Tuesday.
During the 90 minutes, the match ended 2-2. Chelsea went two goals ahead with Callum Hudson-Odoi netting twice in 14 minutes in the second half. The Pilgrims fought back with their own teenage striker Alex Fletcher scoring twice in the final moments of the tie in his first senior start for Plymouth.
Hosts Argyle had a 100% success rate in the shootout but Chelsea were unable to follow suit, with substitute Jacob Maddox firing his spot kick onto the post.
The match was attended by 3,962 spectators, 209 of which were travelling Blues supporters. Adams felt that it was an entertaining tie that appealed to the young audience in the crowd.
He said: “It was a good night, it was thoroughly entertaining for the supporters that were here tonight; a lot of young kids who have been able to see two good teams at it tonight.”
Scottish manager Adams added that he was shocked and pleased by the turnout. The tie at Home Park had the highest attendance out of all seven of Tuesday evening’s clashes in the competition.
He added: “I’m delighted; it shows that the young kids that come with their parents wanted to see a Premier League side at Home Park this evening. There were a lot of talented young players for Chelsea who were very good at times; you could see why they played for such a good team.”
Plymouth’s next tie in the competition is on the third of October against Devon rivals Exeter City. Their next fixture in the league is against Southend United on Saturday.