Wilkins pleased with Sturridge progress

BY foxsports • January 24, 2010

Sturridge scored his third goal for the club in the 2-0 FA Cup victory against Preston at Deepdale two minutes into the second half, That goal extended Chelsea's lead after Nicolas Anelka had made the breakthrough in the 36th minute. Wilkins said: "Both strikers are in good form and creating lots of chances. They could have got more than one each. "I am delighted with that and we are scoring goals all over the pitch which is a bonus especially with having guys at the African Nations Cup. "We are pleased with Danny. He has a lot of talent and is working extremely hard. "For young players at Chelsea it is really difficult to get past the likes of Nicolas and Didier (Drogba). He is looking a good player." Chelsea's pressure paid off when Anelka made the breakthrough. The France striker got away from Youl Mawene on the edge of the box and even though goalkeeper Andy Lonergan made some contact he could not prevent his effort going into the net. Preston, however, launched a spirited comeback and should have drawn level four minutes later. Chris Brown's towering header was taken by Hilario at the last moment and the ball fell to Darren Carter but he found the wrong side of the post with the rebound. Chelsea then extended their lead two minutes into the second half following a corner from substitute Florent Malouda. John Terry powered in a header that came back out but only as far as Sturridge, who smashed the rebound home. Wilkins said: "We were put to the test but have come out unscathed and are delighted with that. England midfielder Frank Lampard (calf) and Juliano Belletti (knock) will be assessed on their injuries ahead of the home game against Birmingham on Wednesday.


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