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Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Live Commentary, 05/01/2019

FT
2 - 0
CHE
NOT
Morata (49)
Morata (59)
Stamford Bridge

Commentary

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Chelsea have a terrific record in the FA Cup in recent years and will be hoping to defend their title this season, with the fourth-round draw taking place on Monday. They are also still in the League Cup, they face Tottenham in the semi-finals of that competition on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Forest will return to Championship action next weekend, as they travel to Reading.
Chelsea cruise into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, thanks to two goals from Morata. It could and should've been even more, with Morata guilty of missing several chances and Steele denying Fabregas from the penalty spot in the first half. Both goals came after the break and, despite Forest pushing forward and showing more attacking intent, they failed to test Caballero in the Blues goal.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 2-0 FOREST
90' + 2' Both teams appear happy to see the game come to a conclusion now, no real enthusiasm from either side to get forward.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played.
89' Forest should be quite pleased with their performance, they've given it a go in the second half and limited Chelsea to just two goals, which they have their goalkeeper to thank for.
87' The pace of the game has dropped significantly now, Chelsea just cruising to victory and running down the clock, just a couple of minutes remain.
N. Kanté
Fàbregas
Chelsea
85' Here is the Chelsea substitution, with Fabregas coming off the pitch to a standing ovation and it looks like he is saying goodbye to the crowd, surely his last appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Kante is his replacement.
84' Fabregas appears to be struggling with cramp at the moment and he might be about to come off the pitch. Chelsea just have one substitute left, but Hudson-Odoi is also stretching his hamstring, so they have a decision to make.
83' Hudson-Odoi races through on goal, but he's put under good pressure by the Forest defence and is forced to take the shot early from the edge of the box, which allows Steele to make a comfortable save.
81' Nottingham Forest have alternated between defeat and victory in their last six FA Cup third round ties, beating Arsenal 4-2 last season.
79' The away supporters certainly haven't given up on this game, they have made their voices heard throughout the game, creating a terrific atmosphere.
77' Good effort! Barkley with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which forces Steele into making a good diving save. Slightly too close to the keeper, closer to the corner and that would've been the third goal of the match.
Azpilicueta
Morata
Chelsea
75' There won't be a hat-trick for Morata, he's coming off to be replaced by Azpilicueta. The striker doesn't seemed pleased with that decision and goes straight down the tunnel.
72' Surely Forest need to make some more changes if they are to really push forward to try and level the scoreline. They've improved since going behind, but Chelsea have dropped off and look comfortable enough to allow the visitors some possession.
70' Very ambitious effort from David Luiz! Chelsea have a corner, which is pulled back to the centre-back on the edge of the penalty area, he fires a first-time shot at goal but he gets it all wrong and it sails high over the crossbar.
69' Hazard hasn't been involved too much since coming on for Chelsea, it's Hudson-Odoi who has caught the eye in attack so far.
J. Colback
Yellow Card
Nottingham Forest
67' Colback is the first Forest player to be booked after clipping the ankles of Barkley as he looked to break forward quickly.
65' Decent effort! Another chance for Forest, this time it's Osborn with an effort from long-range, which whistles just wide of the Chelsea goal.
64' FOREST CHANCE! Murphy with the best opportunity of the game for the visitors! It comes from a corner, with the striker rising highest as the ball came into the box and he tries to glance the ball into the far corner, but it goes narrowly wide.
63' The game should be wrapped up now, it'll take a huge effort from Forest to get back into this game as they haven't threatened at all today. Chelsea look very comfortable.
61' Chelsea have progressed from all three of their FA Cup ties against Nottingham Forest, with all previous meetings being in round four (1933-34, 1999-00 and 2006-07).
C. Hudson-Odoi
Assist
Chelsea
59' Hudson-Odoi is very much enjoying himself now, it's another good delivery into the penalty area by the teenager and Morata produced a fine header to double his sides lead.
Morata
Goal
Chelsea
59' GOOOAAALLL! Morata makes up for his miss a few moments ago by scoring his second goal of the game, Chelsea lead 2-0. Hudson-Odoi with the assist once again, delivering a high cross into the box, which Morata gets on the end of, powering the ball past Steele and into the bottom corner of the net.
58' HOW DID HE MISS? Morata with a superb chance to double Chelsea's lead, missing an open goal from just a couple of yards out. Barkley whips a great low cross into the box which finds Morata in front of goal with no-one near him, but somehow he manages to fire the ball over the crossbar! It looks like he was in an offside position anyway, so it should've been ruled out.
J. Lolley
M. Cash
Nottingham Forest
57' Forest make their first substitution of the game, with Cash coming off the pitch and he has been replaced by Lolley.
55' Murphy with a decent header at goal, but it doesn't have enough pace on it to beat Caballero who hasn't had much to do so far today.
54' SAVE! Another terrific stop by Steele, this time to deny Hudson-Odoi who is starting to enjoy himself out there. The winger races into the box, beats two Forest defenders and then fires a low shot at goal, but Steele saves with his legs.
53' Forest corner! David Luiz is furious with the decision, he feels that should've been a Chelsea goal-kick after his challenge puts the ball out of play. However, it's a poor ball into the box and Chelsea comfortably clear.
51' Forest will be forced to push forward more now, if they are to get anything out of this game. Chelsea will feel that they can push on and get more goals, which would put the game beyond doubt.
C. Hudson-Odoi
Assist
Chelsea
49' Hudson-Odoi popped up on the right wing this time, sprinting past his marker and firing an excellent cross into the box, which Morata turned home.
Morata
Goal
Chelsea
49' GOOOAAALLL! Chelsea finally have their goal and they lead 1-0! Morata scores to break the deadlock at Stamford Bridge. Hudson-Odoi with a low cross into the box, Morata gets in front of Yacob and slides the ball past Steele and into the back of the net from just a couple of yards out. The Forest keeper had no chance of saving that.
48' The second half has started in similar fashion to how the first ended, with Chelsea enjoying much of the possession, just lacking the pace and intent to score at the moment.
46' The second half is underway!
Forest have been forced to sit deep and defend for much of the first half, which they've done well and thanks to their goalkeeper they head into the break level. The visitors have looked to cause problems on the counter-attack, winning a few corners but they haven't yet troubled Caballero in the Chelsea goal.
It's goalless at the break between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest, but the hosts have had numerous chances to take the lead and they should be ahead at half-time. Steele has been called into action to deny Zappacosta on more than one occasion, whilst allowing producing a superb save to deny Morata from close range. The best chance fell to Fabregas, as Chelsea were awarded a penalty after Fox brought down Loftus-Cheek. However, the Blues skipper failed to fool Steele with his run-up and the Forest keeper made a great save to keep the ball out.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 0-0 FOREST
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played.
44' Forest have grown into the game as it's progressed, they are starting to have some possession in the Chelsea half and make the hosts do some defending, after having to soak up so much themselves today.
E. Hazard
R. Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea
42' Loftus-Cheek has been forced off with what appears to be a back problem, which he has had a lot of trouble with in recent weeks. Hazard comes on in his place.
R. Barkley
Yellow Card
Chelsea
41' Barkley is shown the first yellow card of the game after he brings down Carvalho. The midfielder raced past him and Barkley slid in, taking the legs of the Forest man.
40' There isn't long left to play in the first half at Stamford Bridge, can either side break the deadlock before the break?
38' Another good effort from Zappacosta, which forces Steele into making another good save at his near post. The Chelsea right-back is being allowed far too much time and space down the right wing to cut inside and fire an effort towards goal.
36' Good Forest attack which leads to a corner, which the visitors opt to take short and loft the ball into the box from distance. Caballero races off his line to punch the ball clear, taking out David Luiz in the process.
34' Forest are trying to break forward on the counter-attack and catch Chelsea out at the break, because they are unable to get on the ball in the middle of the pitch.
32' Chelsea continue to push forward in search of the opening goal, with Fabregas looking to put that penalty miss out of his mind. Forest defending well so far.
Fàbregas
Penalty Miss
Chelsea
30' PENALTY MISSED! Fabregas is unable to convert from the spot! The skipper steps up to take the penalty, he stutters during his run-up, trying to make the goalkeeper pick a side and then slide the ball into the other corner. However, the Forest keeper isn't fooled and manages to keep the ball out with a fine save.
L. Steele
Penalty Save
Nottingham Forest
30' SAVED! Steele with a superb stop to deny Fabregas down to his right, he gets down low and pushes the ball wide of the post and out for a corner. He wasn't deceived by the stutter in the run—up by Fabregas.
29' CHELSEA PENALTY! Loftus-Cheek nicks the ball past Fox, who dives into the tackle and brings the Blues midfielder down inside the penalty area. No complaints from any Forest players with that decision, clear penalty.
28' Chelsea have struggled for goals at home this season, they have failed to score in their previous two league home games and so far today they are being frustrated by the visitors.
26' Chelsea – who have reached the FA Cup final in the last two seasons – haven’t been eliminated at the third round stage since the 1997-98 campaign.
24' Chelsea seem unable to find the final clinical ball at the moment, they are dominating possession in the middle of the pitch but are struggling to open up the tight Forest defence, who are making it very difficult for the Blues, not giving them any time or space in the final third.
22' The Forest fans are in fine voice at Stamford Bridge, urging their side forward as they are now camped inside their own half and the Chelsea pressure continues.
20' Chelsea are really threatening now, it's all the home side here and the Forest defence are constantly having to be on their toes.
18' GOOD BLOCK! Yacob with a superb last-ditch block to deny Hudson-Odoi from close range. The ball came all the way across the penalty area to the winger and it seemed that he only had the keeper to beat, but Yacob managed to make up the ground and deny the Chelsea man.
17' Nottingham Forest have eliminated the FA Cup holders on five of the six previous occasions they’ve faced them, including Arsenal at this stage last season.
15' Morata races through on goal after a lovely ball between the Forest defenders by Fabregas, the striker seems to evade Yacob and then goes down after tangling legs with the defender. The Spaniard wants a free-kick and possibly a red card, but the referee isn't interested and play continues.
14' CLOSE! Emerson ripples the top of the net from a free-kick right on the edge of the penalty area. The left-back had Steele scrambling across his goal, but it just didn't have enough dip on it.
12' GREAT CHANCE! Chelsea should be ahead after Morata has a superb opportunity to power the ball into the back of the net. Zappacosta whips the ball into the box from the right wing, perfect for the striker to run onto and power a header at goal, but his header is straight at Steele, who makes himself big and produces a fantastic save. Either side of the goalkeeper and that would've been in.
10' Wasted opportunity. The ball into the penalty area from the corner is poor, it fails to beat the first defender and Chelsea comfortably clear.
9' Forest corner! Good play by Cash, he runs at the Chelsea defence as they drop off him, he then lays the ball out wide to Murphy who takes on Luiz, who manages to block the strikers cross into the box.
8' Barkley and Fabregas are constantly on the ball here, spraying the ball around the pitch and dominating the midfield, with Forest having to get every player back behind the ball.
6' More Chelsea pressure! Hudson-Odoi takes on Darikwa, flicks the ball to Emerson on the overlap who gets to the byline and squares the ball back to Fabregas in the six-yard box, who slides the ball towards goal but his effort doesn't have enough pace on it and Forest easily clear the danger.
4' Decent effort! Zappacosta with a low shot from the edge of the box after cutting inside from the right wing, but Steele gets down and makes a good save. Morata picks up the rebound, just manages to keep the ball in play but unfortunately he slips as he looks to turn towards goal and Forest clear the ball.
3' Chelsea are dominating the early possession here, with Forest struggling to get a touch on the ball and they are already having to sit deep and soak up the pressure. Hudson-Odoi looks very lively so far, running at the visitors defence and causing problems.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out at Stamford Bridge and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
Fabregas captains the Blues today, in what could be his last game for the Premier League side. Only David Luiz, Barkley and Morata remain in the starting line-up from the side that played Southampton, with Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi among those who come into the starting XI. Meanwhile Forest make four changes to the side that beat Leeds, with Steele coming in between the sticks and Janko, Osborn and Guedioura also coming into the team.
FOREST SUBS: Jordan Smith, Jack Robinson, Ryan Yates, Joe Lolley, Gil Bastiao Dias, Arvin Appiah, Anel Ahmedhodzic
FOREST (4-2-3-1): Luke Steele; Tendayi Darikwa, Claudio Yacob, Saidy Janko, Danny Fox; Adlene Guedioura, Jack Colback; Matty Cash, Joao Carvalho, Ben Osborn; Daryl Murphy
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta
CHELSEA (4-3-3): Willy Caballero; Davide Zappacosta, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Emerson; Cesc Fabregas, Ethan Ampadu, Ross Barkley; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Alvaro Morata, Callum Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea come into the game on the back of three matches unbeaten, but they did draw 0-0 Southampton last time, to sit fourth in the Premier League table. The visitors haven't been in the best of form lately, but they did secure a 4-2 victory over league leaders Leeds United last time out, to move up to seventh position in the Championship.
The holders kick off their FA Cup campaign today as they welcome Nottingham Forest to the Bridge, who staged a huge upset last year when they beat Arsenal at this stage in the competition. Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final last year, with Eden Hazard scoring the only goal of the game.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the FA Cup clash between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.