Chelsea’s FA Cup hero Tammy Abraham insists he celebrated his stunning goal-line clearance MORE than his own winning goal against Barnsley… as he reveals his experience as a defender in youth football made it an ‘instinctive’ decision
- Chelsea edged past Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round
- Tammy Abraham tapped home the only goal of the fifth-round tie at Oakwell
- But the Blues striker also made a crucial block to deny Michael Sollbauer
- And the England forward insists he celebrated the clearance more than the goal
Tammy Abraham said he celebrated his crucial goal-line clearance more than the strike which saw Chelsea edge past Barnsley to qualify for the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Blues struggled to replicate some of the swift attacking play they have played under Thomas Tuchel, but made it four wins from five under the German boss at Oakwell.
England forward Abraham tapped home the decisive goal from inside the six-yard box following a low ball across the box from Reece James.
Tammy Abraham said he celebrated his crucial goal-line clearance more than his own strike
Abraham tapped home Reece James’ cross to help Chelsea past Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round
But the 23-year-old also made a crucial intervention a few minutes later in his own box after managing to head Barnsley substitute Michael Sollbauer’s goal-bound stab following a free-kick over his own bar.
And speaking to BBC Sport after the game, the striker – who began his career as a defender – said he was able to react so quickly due to his experiences in youth football.
‘I grew up being a defender so it was instinctive reactions, just getting in there and being in the right place,’ Abraham said.
‘I saw the ball coming and told myself ‘I have to do this, I have to try something’ and it worked.’
But he believes his goal-line clearance was more important than his tap in from close range
Abraham stopped Barnsley substitute Michael Sollbauer’s poke from a free-kick going in
Asked which crucial moment in the game he celebrated more, he replied: ‘Probably the goal-line clearance, it is a 1-0 win and coming here is never easy so we will take that.’
Speaking to The Athletic in 2019, the club secretary of Abraham’s junior club Bruin JFC – Gary Tennent – said: ‘He [Abraham] was the tallest kid and with five-a-side, you play all the different positions but he was so tall that we tended to play him at the back.’
Abraham trained at Bruin until he was offered him a full academy place by Chelsea as part of the club’s U9s.
He has since been converted into a striker and his latest goal – his 12th across all competitions in the current campaign – has set up a home last-eight tie with fellow Premier League side Sheffield United.
His goal has set up a home last-eight tie with fellow Premier League side Sheffield United
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