Chelsea manager Graham Potter shuffled the pack once again as his team visited Brentford to try and get points for their Premier League title fight.
Armando Broja has waited a long time for his full Chelsea debut. He first joined the Blues at the under-9s level, but after coming through the ranks and taking in loan spells at Vitesse Arnhem and Southampton, there was a chance to lead the Chelsea line for the first time on Wednesday.
He played and could not produce anything good despite having fair chances. He was substituted just after the hour mark.
There were not many highlights in the match. It ended 0-0, and although both goalkeepers had to make five saves each, many of the saves were fairly routine.
Kepa produced a string of fine saves, especially in the first half when Brentford was at their best. However, Mbeumo let them off the hook most obviously just five minutes into the second half when planting a free header from close range straight at a grateful Kepa.
Pulisic was the liveliest of the substitutions Graham made, having a fierce 89th-minute shot beaten away by David Raya.
A moment of intrigue did arrive in deep stoppage time, however. Chelsea appealed for a penalty when the ball appeared to hit the hand of Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock in the box.
The play was reviewed by VAR but waved off.
after the match, Chelsea’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had something to say.
“We’re not happy. They had chances and we had chances and in the last 15 minutes we were playing in their box and we had clear opportunities and should score something.”
“The feeling is that we have dropped two points and we wanted three points to be fighting with the top clubs.”