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Played
February 17, 2013 3:00 PM EAT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ N. Swarbrick‎
Attendance:‬ 40961‎
 
55′ Juan Mata
 
68′ Oscar
 
 
81′ John Terry
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-0 Brentford

A comfortable win in the end for the Blues, but the scoreline does not tell the full story of a match in which the League One side frustrated their hosts for long periods

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    57
    1
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Had few saves to make, but commanded his area and distributed well.

  • Ashley Cole
    57
    6
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Gave Forshaw a bit too much space to attack on occasion, but generally kept him pinned back in his own half.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    64
    2
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Never looks entirely comfortable on the ball, but competed tenaciously as ever and forced Moore into a couple of good saves. Crossed low for Oscar to kill the game off.

  • David Luiz
    71
    13
    2.50

    David Luiz

    Composed in midfield and kept his discipline even as Chelsea struggled to break down their stubborn visitors. Commited an ugly shoulder charge on Reeves, forcing the substitute to leave the field with concussion.

  • Gary Cahill
    48
    48
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Diced with danger with the ball on occasion and was lucky to be saved by the referee's whistle when Trotta wrong-footed him and slotted home, but was generally fairly solid.

  • John Terry
    94
    6
    3.50

    John Terry

    Unflappable at the heart of defence, and Brentford's conservative gameplan meant his lack of pace was rarely exposed. Got himself a well-taken goal late on.

  • Frank Lampard
    86
    85
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Forgot his shooting boots in the first half as he chases Bobby Tambling's all-time goalscoring record, twice miscuing in the penalty area, but still dictated proceedings from the middle of the pitch. Finally got goal 199 with 20 minutes left.

  • Oscar
    118
    51
    3.50

    Oscar

    Unlucky to hit the post in the first half while off balance, and was Chelsea's brightest creator for long periods. Still a delight to watch, and his sublime flick - though fortunate to trickle in - made the game safe. Also put in a lovely cross for Terry to nod in a fourth.

  • Victor Moses
    55
    69
    3.00

    Victor Moses

    Direct and tricky, he caused Bidwell a fair few problems, but his replacement Hazard had the greater impact.

  • Demba Ba
    52
    86
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Looked out of sorts in his number-branded facemask, and never really got into the game. Did knock the ball down for Mata's opener, though.

  • Juan Mata
    117
    53
    4.00

    Juan Mata Top of the Match

    As always, he was at the centre of everything Chelsea did well, and it was no surprise when he was the man to break the deadlock. Finding little pockets of space almost by instinct, he tormented Brentford and set up Lampard for the Blues' third. He is brilliant, but Rafa Benitez will be wishing his team were not quite so reliant on him.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bertrand
    36
    63
    2.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Replaced Lampard with 10 minutes to go.

  • Eden Hazard
    91
    59
    3.50

    Eden Hazard

    Replaced Moses with 25 minutes left and took just three minutes to make his mark, playing in Ivanovic to cross for Oscar to flick home.

  • Yossi Benayoun
    101
    22
    2.00

    Yossi Benayoun

    Played the final 10 minutes instead of Mata with the game won.

  • Simon Moore
    6
    6
    2.50

    Simon Moore

    Made a number of good saves to frustrate Chelsea in the first half. Could do little to prevent Mata or Lampard finding the net, but will be disappointed with Oscar's strike.

  • Jake Bidwell
    2
    4
    2.50

    Jake Bidwell

    Fared well for the first hour, but overrun on the left flank once the hosts got their noses in front.

  • Shaleum Logan
    3
    5
    3.00

    Shaleum Logan

    Looked bright early on, surging forward and combining well with Forshaw. Most of Chelsea's joy came down the opposite wing.

  • Tony Craig
    1
    5
    2.50

    Tony Craig

    Made some superb last-ditch blocks and tackles in the first half, and helped ensure Ba could not join Chelsea's list of scorers.

  • Adam John Forshaw
    7
    4
    3.00

    Adam John Forshaw

    Came in off the right flank with purpose, twice worrying Cech from range, but faded from significance as the afternoon wore on.

  • Harlee Dean
    3
    9
    2.50

    Harlee Dean Flop of the Match

    Defended with guts and discipline for the most part, but could not get his feet sorted out in time to clear Oscar's feeble flick from danger.

  • Jonathan Douglas
    4
    7
    2.50

    Jonathan Douglas

    Bustled around Brentford's midfield seeking to break up Chelsea's rhythm, and succeeded until Mata scored.

  • Tom Adeyemi
    3
    8
    2.50

    Tom Adeyemi

    Showed good energy in getting from box to box, but had nowhere near the same level of influence as he had at Griffin Park, where he raced through to win his side an equalising penalty.

  • Toumani Diagouraga
    4
    6
    2.50

    Toumani Diagouraga

    Athletic and industrious, but the Blues midfield began to pass the ball around him after the break.

  • Clayton Donaldson
    2
    6
    3.00

    Clayton Donaldson

    Put in a great shift on the left wing, shackling Moses and Ivanovic well, but could not influence proceedings going forward even when he was shunted infield in the second half.

  • Marcello Trotta
    3
    4
    3.00

    Marcello Trotta

    Drifted in and out, but will consider himself very unlucky to have seen his goal ruled out because referee Neil Swarbrick failed to play an advantage for the Bees. What might have been?

Substitutions

  • Jake Reeves
    1
    4
    2.00

    Jake Reeves

    Came on in the 73rd minute in place of Diagouraga, but the game had already gone away from his team. Was forced off soon after with concussion following Luiz's shoulder charge.

  • Sam Saunders
    0
    5
    2.00

    Sam Saunders

    Replaced Forshaw with 12 minutes left and very little to play for.

  • Harry Forrester
    1
    4
    2.00

    Harry Forrester

    Came on just after Mata had put Chelsea 1-0 up, and he was always fighting a losing battle to turn the tide.

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