Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek delighted after scoring first goal
Ruben Loftus-Cheek said he is "really pleased" to be playing for interim manager Guus Hiddink after scoring his first senior Chelsea goal in Sunday's FA Cup third-round 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe United.
Loftus-Cheek, having replaced the injured Oscar at half-time, swept in Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross on 68 minutes in front of owner Roman Abramovich after Diego Costa had opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge.
Hiddink picked a near-full strength starting XI for the tie but still found time for Loftus-Cheek -- who struggled to establish himself under a publicly critical Jose Mourinho and had played just four minutes of first-team football for Chelsea since mid-October -- as well as fellow youngsters Kenedy and Bertrand Traore.
Speaking to BT Sport after the match, the youngster expressed his gratitude to Hiddink for giving him an opportunity to shine.
"I'm really pleased to play for him, he's a really nice man as well as a good manager," Loftus-Cheek said. "It's been different, obviously, with a change of managers, but we've got to get on with it and I feel we did really well.
"[It was a] really nice moment when I got the goal. I'm really, really happy with that. Just to come on and play 45 minutes was amazing."
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When informed that his first senior Chelsea goal had come from his first shot on target, Loftus-Cheek added: "One for one -- 100 percent! I'll try to keep that going and I was just happy to come on and help the team."
In his postmatch news conference, Hiddink praised Loftus-Cheek's display and said the 19-year-old can be of "big value" to Chelsea.