Shaun Harvey 'delighted that Lincoln beat Chelsea u21's'
The EFL's chief executive, Shaun Harvey, "wanted" Lincoln City to beat Chelsea Under-21s in the EFL Trophy semi-final, as "they are one of our clubs".
Shaun Harvey said the Imps' victory would be better for the competition.
Lincoln reached the final after defeating Chelsea Under-21s 4-2 in a penalty shootout after drawing 1-1 on Tuesday night.
"I didn't want Chelsea's participation to take away from what our clubs are trying to achieve," he told BBC Sport."I am absolutely delighted that Lincoln did beat Chelsea."
He added "There is no doubt that the final between two EFL clubs is certainly the outcome we would have all wanted to see, both at the start of the competition and as the penalty shootout was being taken last night," Harvey added.
"Everybody enters into this competition knowing the outcome could be an under-21 side gets in there.
"The balance of the benefits to the game as a whole, financially to our clubs and from an experience perspective for the young players make that gamble worth taking."