The Blues came into the match on the back of a shock defeat to west London rivals QPR and fell behind to a Jay Rodriguez effort after 22 minutes.
Chelsea, though, rallied to turn the game on its head, running out 5-1 victors as Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard efforts complemented a brace from debutant Demba Ba.
"I thought Chelsea were very good in the second half," Adkins said.
"I think we started the game brightly, scored a very good goal from Jay Rodriguez. It was a good game to watch from our point of view in the first half.
"There was some good football played and the big killer blow came for us on the stroke of half-time with the goal they've gone and scored.
"It is fair to say in the second half, Chelsea demonstrated the good players they've got in the team and to give them credit I thought they were very good and took it away from us.
"What he have to do is put the game to bed, move on and look to the next one.
"We've got a week's recovery and preparation now after a busy fixture period. Hopefully it gives one or two of the lads that have been out a chance to recover and we get ready for Aston Villa."