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Played
January 26, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 40845‎
 
27′ Oscar
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

A sublime Oscar free-kick proved the only difference between the sides as the Blues began life after Juan Mata by deservedly advancing to the fifth round of the FA Cup

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Mark Schwarzer
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Not too busy but did his job whenever he was called into action. Stoke never managed to fully extend him.

  • Ashley Cole
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Got forward well at every available opportunity, though his final third decision-making has never been the best. Lost Arnautovic on a couple of occasions but got away with it.

  • David Luiz
    0
    1
    3.50

    David Luiz

    Resisted the urge to wander too far out of position despite Matic's willingness to cover. A solid display. Unlucky not to score with a fiercely struck free-kick late on.

  • Gary Cahill
    0
    0
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Assured on the ball and showed good recovery instincts to get back at Arnautovic on one key occasion.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Walters gave him little to think about defensively and he even managed to put a rare good cross in to set up a Lampard chance.

  • Oscar
    0
    0
    4.50

    Oscar Top of the Match

    Jose Mourinho's chosen playmaker, and he repaid the faith with a starring performance. His stupendous free-kick capped a bravura performance in which the Chelsea attack danced to his rhythm. Still only 22, his potential is frightening.

  • Eden Hazard
    1
    0
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Tormented Cameron at will and skipped past challenges with trademark ease and constantly threatened to do something decisive without ultimately making the difference.

  • Frank Lampard
    0
    2
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Looked relieved to be partnered with the disciplined Matic and got forward whenever he could, though his finishing touch surprisingly twice deserted him.

  • Nemanja Matić
    4
    2
    4.00

    Nemanja Matić

    A very impressive full debut, neutralising Crouch's aerial threat from goal kicks, breaking up play and bringing his team upfield. Understated but mightily effective. Have Chelsea finally found their new Makelele?

  • Samuel Eto'o
    1
    0
    3.00

    Samuel Eto'o

    Led the line with energy and the confidence borne of his hat-trick against Manchester United. Unlucky not to score early on and although he didn't test Begovic often, he was a constant menace. Missed a sitter late on.

  • Andre Schürrle
    1
    0
    3.00

    Andre Schürrle

    Kept the width well down the right flank and regularly drifted in to considerable effect. Unlucky to find only the post with a fierce shot in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ramires

    Replaced Schurrle on the right and looked dangerous as the game became more stretched.

  • Willian
    0
    1

    Willian

    Came on for Oscar with 10 minutes left.

  • Demba Ba
    0
    0

    Demba Ba

    Replaced Eto'o for a five minute cameo.

  • Asmir Begovic
    0
    0
    3.50

    Asmir Begovic

    Could do nothing more than stare in wonder at Oscar's sublime free-kick and was saved by his woodwork on a couple of occasions, but made good stops whenever he was called upon to make them. Made a brilliant late stop from a Luiz free-kick bullet.

  • Erik Pieters
    0
    0
    2.50

    Erik Pieters

    Fared reasonably well against Schurrle, though Hazard gave him more than he could handle whenever he drifted over to the right. Offered no attacking support.

  • Marc Wilson
    1
    1
    2.00

    Marc Wilson

    Needed Shawcross to cover for him several times when Hazard and Eto'o threatened to break through and still fails to convince as a Premier League centre-back.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    Did his best to keep Eto'o with his back to goal but could not deal with Chelsea's midfield runners.

  • Geoff Cameron
    0
    0
    1.50

    Geoff Cameron Flop of the Match

    Troubled whenever Hazard deigned to run at him and never ventured over the halfway line to contribute to his side's scattered forays upfield.

  • W. Palacios
    0
    0
    2.50

    W. Palacios

    Battled away until he was withdrawn with just under 20 minutes to go but his passing remains as wayward as ever.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Offered his team a modicum of control in possession but could not prevent Chelsea dominating the midfield battle.

  • Stephen Ireland
    0
    0
    1.50

    Stephen Ireland

    Fired one first-half shot into the side netting when he perhaps should have worked Schwarzer. Was otherwise anonymous.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marko Arnautovic

    Showed flashes of skill and threatened to get in behind Cole a couple of times early on, but had little impact thereafter.

  • Jonathan Walters
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonathan Walters

    Chelsea's dominance meant most of his best work was done without the ball, and he got no chance to link up with Crouch.

  • Peter Crouch
    0
    1
    2.50

    Peter Crouch

    Lively in the first five minutes but the presence of Matic nullified his aerial threat from goal kicks and prevented his team from building play up around him.

Substitutions

  • Muniesa
    1
    0

    Muniesa

    Came on for the tiring Pieters in the dying minutes.

  • Charlie Adam
    0
    0

    Charlie Adam

    Came on for Arnautovic on 83 minutes.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Oussama Assaidi

    Replaced the ineffective Palacios with 20 minutes left but could not inspire his team to a comeback.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Britt Assombalonga Britt Assombalonga
Midfielder
Peterborough United
5 1
Joe Garner Joe Garner
Striker
Preston
5 0
Sam Clucas Sam Clucas
Midfielder
Mansfield Town
5 0
Chris Porter Chris Porter
Striker
Sheffield United
4 2
Reuben Reid Reuben Reid
Striker
Plymouth Argyle
4 1