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February 17, 2013
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 40961
F. Lampard 71'
J. Terry 81'
Chelsea coast into the fifth round of the FA Cup with what turned out to be comfortable win in the end, but the Bees made the Blues work hard up until Mata's breakthrough strike after the break. Lampard, Terry and Oscar completed the rout as Brentford players' heads dropped after the break. Middlesbrough await Rafa Benitez's men in the last-16.
FULL-TIME: Chelsea 4-0 Brentford
90' + 3'
The Bees have a corner but their hopes of a late consollation goal are wiped away by a commanding clearance from the head of David Luiz.
90' + 1'
Chelsea are still looking for a fifth as Demba Ba lays off the ball with the outside of his boot for Oscar before peeling away and hoping for the return pass. Oscar's first touch, though, is uncharacteristically sloppy.
Credit to the Bees' fans, all 6,000 of them inside the ground are still in good voice despite their side being on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing. We'll have an additional four minutes at the end of normal time.
If it wasn't already hard enough for Uwe Rosler's men, they now must cope with Chelsea with ten men as Reeves receives treatment on the touchline.
Yellow Card David Luiz
That's an unnecessary booking for David Luiz who needlessly runs across Reeves taking the Brentford man out with a flailing arm. Reeves looks pretty shaken up from that, really unpleasant from the Brazilian.
Goal John Terry
GOAL! John Terry returns from his spell out with injury with a goal! The defender makes a good run to the back post to nod home Oscar's inviting cross. Good play from both parties for that goal, Oscar's cross was shaped nicely for Terry, whose anticipation and movement was too good for the Bees' back-line. Brentford can't hear the final whistle soon enough.
Frank Lampard is denied his chance to score his 200th Chelsea goal today as he is replaced by Ryan Bertrand. Needless to say, the goalscorer goes off to a hero's ovation.
Adam John Forshaw
Juan Mata goes off to a standing ovation, another goal and another assists for the Spaniard, who after only 18 months or so in west London has become absolutely indispensable for Chelsea.
Liam Twomey reports from Stamford Bridge: "Brentford have more than fought their corner today, but with Chelsea looking in no mood to ease up, this might get embarrassing. Oscar's flick to make the game safe was fortunate, but Frank Lampard's strike carried the hint of the floodgates creeping open. The Bees need to be careful. Defeat will not damage them, but a rout might. Just ask Aston Villa."
Goal Frank Lampard
GOAL! Frank Lampard is on the scoresheet again! Mata bamboozles the Brentford defence on the left flank before clipping a sumblime little pass into the path of England midfielder who finally takes his chance with a controlled volley into the far corner. Game over.
Yellow Card Branislav Ivanovic
GOAL! It's great build-up play from Chelsea but that goal should really have been cleared off the goal line. Oscar is the beneficiary, as his back-heel from Ivanovic's cross beats Moore but it should have been kept out by Dean on the line.
You can feel the fight slowly dripping out of the legs of the Brentford players. They have a throw-in in a dangerous position but a lack of concentration from Donaldson sees him needlessly hand Chelsea a goal kick under very little pressure.
"...For the Blues, Mata's goal brings timely relief, but his also a worry. The Spaniard has been imperious this season, but far more indispensable than is healthy. Chelsea need to learn how to win without him."
Liam Twomey reports from Stamford Bridge: "The space Juan Mata was afforded to smash home Chelsea's first goal will have disappointed Uwe Rosler, but his greater lament might be that his side were momentarily distracted as they prepared for the introduction of Harry Forrester..."
CHANCE! The Bees have a chance to hurt Chelsea with a counterattack. The move started from a Blues' corner with Brenford suddenly finding themselves in a two-on-two attack but Donaldson's pass through for Forrester is over hit allowing Chelsea to regroup.
Brentford continue to push forward after conceding that Mata goal. They earn a corner on the right side which is swung in superbly towards the six yard box but Tony Craig can't direct his header on target.
Fantastic response from Uwe Rosler's men after going behind. Donaldson gets to the byline and thumps the ball into the side netting from the tightest of angles.
Goal Juan Mata
GOAL! Not very long at all! Juan Mata finally finds the breakthrough for Chelsea. It's a simple goal too, the Spaniard collects a long ball from the back, taking a fine first touch before drilling a low effort past a helpless Moore from just outside the area. Super finish, one-nil to the Blues!
The pressure is building, that Chelsea corner results in a game of kick and block as Chelsea players combine to fire off five seperate shots from various positions and angles, all of which are met by a wall of Brentford bodies. Staunch defending from Uwe Rosler's men, but how long can they keep it up?
Victor Moses twists one way then the other, dragging the Brentford centre-half all over the park, before drilling a low cross into the box which Brentford turn behind for a corner.
Oscar embarks on a menacing run on the left flank before cutting inside and driving towards the box, unfortunately for the Blues, his cut back from the byline was blocked by a Brentford defender. Chelsea probing deep in the Bees' final third early in this second half.
CHANCE! Good save from Simon Moore to deny Chelsea! Oscar's cross was met by Frank Lampard, whose low header was parried away by the Bees' shot-stopper with Demba Ba inches away from turning in the rebound into an empty net.
Great challenge from Logan on Lampard inside the area, the Brentford man timed his tackle perfectly and even managed to play the ball back off the Chelsea midfielder, earning his side the goal kick.
Brentford take the kick-off and we are underway in the second half!
Liam Twomey's half-time thoughts from Stamford Bridge: "Uwe Rosler will be a very happy man. Brentford have stifled Chelsea and created several decent chance of their own. If Rafa Benitez isn't nervous, he should be. Both Roman Abramovich and Avram Grant are here to witness what looks 45 minutes more likely to be a hugely embarrassing - and potentially fatal - setback for the Spaniard."
A frustrating 45 minutes for Rafa Benitez's side who have huffed and puffed but, as of yet, failed to blow down the Brentford defence. The Bees have been resolute at the back, but have carried a threat going forward which the Blues can't afford to underestimate.
HALF-TIME: Chelsea 0-0 Brentford
Adeyemi tries to get on the end of a cross inside the Chelsea box but Chelsea manage to scramble the ball to safety.
CHANCE! Another chance for Chelsea, another chance for Frank Lampard! Oscar finds Mata out wide, with the Spaniard crossing for Frank Lampard at the back post but his first-time volley is, again, well wide of the mark. Not Lampard's best half in front of goal, could conceivably had a hat-trick.
More from Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge: "Neil Swarbrick is not a popular man in the Shed End right now. First Ashley Cole was awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Brentford area for what appeared to be minimal contact, and then moments later Marcello Trotta was denied a legitimate goal for the Bees when Swarbrick failed to play advantage after a foul on Adam Forshaw. Rafa Benitez no doubt breathed a huge sigh of relief, and will hope the moment acts as a wake-up call for his frustrated side."
Forshaw takes the free kick but fails to get his effort up and over the Chelsea wall, what a let off for the Blues. Brentford should have perhaps been given the advantage in the earlier move.
CONTROVERSY! BRENTFORD HAVE THE BALL IN THE NET! Trotta ghosts into the area and taps past Cech but his goal is chalked off as the referee awarded a free kick, to the Bees, for David Luiz's foul earlier in the move.
...but it's poor from the England international as his curled free kick into the box fails to bypass the first man Donaldson, who clears with a fine header.
Cole and Logan collide on the edge of the box and Chelsea have a free kick in a dangerous position, about 25 yards from goal on the left-hand side. Frank Lampard stands over the ball...
Forshaw pings a shot from 25 yards which flies just wide of Petr Cech's near post. The Bees' midfielder has been one of the visitor's main threats in the first half.
Chelsea spread the ball out wide to David Luiz on the right and he tries to pick out Ba with a cross. The striker, though, fails to connect with the Brazilian's ball into the box at the first and second time of asking.
Brentford goalkeeper Moore is struggling with his vision and has requested a baseball cap as the sun shines brightly directly into the Matthew Harding stand.
Goal.com's Liam Twomey reports: "Rosler looks intense but pleased on the touchline. Benitez impassive as ever, occasionally scribbling his little notes."
OFF THE POST! Oscar strikes the woodwork after some brilliant build-up play from Ba and Mata, the Spaniard slid the Brazilian through after an exchange with Senegal forward, but a slip from Oscar as he took the shot saved the Bees, for now.
Mata looks for Demba Ba in the area with a cross but the ball evades the striker and finds it's way to Ashely Cole on the left, but the defender's effort on the half-volley is wayward.
Lampard has another sight of goal but this time he gets his effort horribly wrong from a similar position, he shanks his half-volley with the ball sailing high and wide, not at all handsome.
David Luiz, once again liberated by his midfield role, makes a superb burst into the Brentford half before delivering a fantastic low cross, unfortunately for the Blues, no Chelsea player had anticipated the delivery.
Brentford, under the cosh a little now, manage to break out of their own half and Forshaw eventually has a shot which goes wide via a deflection off Trotta.
CHANCE! Frank Lampard has a chance to strike at goal from his customary position at the edge of the area but the in-form Blues midfielder scuffs his effort with Oscar's shot from the rebound taking a nick of the crossbar.
A chance nearly opens up for the hosts as Ba flicks the ball to Juan Mata but the Spaniard's first-time ball back to his team-mate is cut out by a Brentford defender.
Gary Cahill is extremely lucky not even get a booking as he makes an awful challenge on Awful, awful challenge Jonathan Douglas. The Blues defender hit the Brentford man late and high up the shins with a straight leg, but the referee didn't see too much wrong with it.
CHANCE FOR BRENTFORD! End to end stuff now at the Bridge. Clayton Donaldson peels off Ivanovic in the box to meet a cross from the right but makes a mess of his header as he prods the ball tamely off target.
CHANCE! Moses earns a free kick which Mata floats in towards the front post, where Ivanovic loses his marker and heads back across the goal but Demba Ba can't quite get up high enough to turn it in at the back post. It was very, very close to going in directly of the Serb, let off for the Bees.
Goal.com's Liam Twomey reports from Stamford Bridge: "Some 10 minutes in, Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has yet to sit down as he prowls his technical area, barking instructions at his players. So far they have responded, sitting deep but pressing Chelsea with great intensity. Consequently, while the hosts have predictably had the better of the ball, they have failed to create any real chances."
First effort of the game from the visitors! Forshaw gets away from Oscar in midfield and lashes a right-footed shot about a yard wide of the post. Promising stuff for the Bees.
Chance for Tom Adeyemi to receive the ball in a pocket of space but the forward strays into an offside position as the ball is played down the line and into his path. Bit of a waste that.
Demba Ba has a shot blocked inside the area after cutting inside from the left flank and having a go from 20 yards out. The Senegal international is donning a face mask after suffering a broken nose via the boot of Fabricio Collocini a few weeks back.
This is a confident start from Brentford who don't look like they are overawed by the occasion. Uwe Rosler's side are enjoying decent spells of possession but have yet for threaten in the visitors final third.
Oscar swings in a cross into the box from a deep position but Simon Moore comfortably catches the ball under very little pressure.
Reminder, this is a fourth-round replay, with the winners facing Middlesbrough in the fifth round.
Chelsea take the kick-off and we are underway!
The teams are emerging from the tunnel and we are moments away from kick-off. It's a glorious afternoon in west London today, perfect weather for a game of football.
Uwe Rosler leaves out Harry Forrester, scorer of the second goal against Chelsea in the first tie, he has to make do with a place on the the bench, with the Bees' boss making two changes to the side that earnt the draw at Griffin Park.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez brings John Terry back into the starting XI for the FA Cup fourth-round replay with Brentford, with Branislav Ivanovic moving to right-back for the hosts. Victor Moses has also been handed a starting role after returning from African Cup of Nations duty, while Fernando Torres has been relegated to the bench with Demba Ba playing up front for the hosts.
Brentford: Moore; Logan, Dean, Craig, Bidwell; Forshaw, Diagouraga, Douglas, Adeyemi, Donaldson; Trotta. Subs: Lee, Barron, Saunders, Hodson, Reeves, Hayes, Forrester.
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; D Luiz, Lampard; Oscar, Mata, Moses; Ba. Subs: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Ramires, Benayoun, Hazard, Torres.
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