FA Cup

  • Willian 58’
  • L. Rémy 70’
  • K. Zouma 72’
FA Cup
Stamford Bridge
Attendance 41,010


    • KICK OFF
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      That's all from me, I've been Keeghann Sinanan and it's been a pleasure!
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      The referee ends the game as Chelsea seal their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup. It was a professional turnaround for them after a first-half stalemate. Goals from Willian, Remy and Zouma did the damage. Watford simply did not show enough attacking resolve to suggest that they were ever in th
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      The referee calls a temporary halt to proceedings at the Bridge, with the home side frustrated into a stalemate. Watford have grown defensively into this game with every passing minute and Jokanovic will definitely be the happier manager at this point. The Blues have monopolized possession to an emb
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      Adlene Guedioura, who scored the opening goal in Watford's 4-2 win over Cardiff City last time out, has returned to Palace after his loan spell ended, so coach Slavisa Jokanovic chooses Daniel Tozser in his place. Jonathan Bond also replaces former Spurs man Heurelho Gomes between the posts.
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      Jose Mourinho rotates his squad as expected, with Eden Hazard and his battered shin pads taking a breather. Andre Schurrle and Loic Remy, two players that have seen their game time dry up, both get starts, with Didier Drogba leading the line. John Obi Mikel also gets a run in midfield with both Cesc
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      Watford (4-4-2): Bond; Paredes, Cathcart, Angella, Munari; Hoban, Tozser, Ighalo, Pudil; Forestieri, Deeney.
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      Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill, Filipe Luis; Ramires, Mikel; Remy, Oscar, Schurrle; Drogba.
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      Chelsea and Watford are no strangers to each other in this tournament, having met twice since 2009. On both occasions, the Blues ran out winners, with a 3-1 win just under six years ago followed by a 5-0 rout in 2010. In fact, the last time that the Hornets defeated the Blues in any capacity took pl
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      Watford have been on the promotion hunt in the Championship, and four wins from five over the festive period have seen them to fifth in the table - right in the playoff mix. The Hornets also have the second-best away record in the division, which should give them some confidence as they enter the fo
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      A sloppy and heavy 5-3 defeat to Tottenham on New Year's Day saw Chelsea all but relinquish their advantage at the top of the table. Indeed, Manchester City have now matched their 46-point haul, with an identical record of 44 goals scored to 19 conceded. Fascinating for us neutrals, but a real conce
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      Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup third-round clash between Chelsea and Watford. The Premier League leaders have been on a worrying turn of form in the top flight that has seen Manchester City creep level on points and goal difference, and they will hope to right the ship against
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      We're off!
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      In the last eight seasons, Chelsea have won this competition four times. It was the one constant for the Blues in the sometimes turbulent times following the end of Mourinho's first spell in charge of the club.
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      Ramires feeds a pass into Drogba, who then hits a first-time ball into the path of Schurrle who uses his pace well, but can't orchestrate a good enough shooting opportunity to test Bond.
    • 7'
      Chelsea win a corner and it's put in a good position for Cahill, who sticks out a boot to turn it goalwards but narrowly misses the target! Some good intent shown by the home side early on.
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      With apologies to Fabregas and Diego Costa, Hazard has probably been my pick for Chelsea's best player. He's been left out of the matchday squad today as Mourinho, in typical form, said that his shin pads deserve a rest after the kicking that they've gotten in recent weeks.
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      Tozser has a long-range cracker or two in his locker and he tries to catch Cech out with a bouncing half-volley from at least 30 yards. However, the Czech Republic keeper doesn't have to move as it flies off the mark.
    • 13'
      Concern for Mourinho as Oscar is down on the deck following a challenge with the goalkeeper. The Brazilian was blocked off and is still on the turf. Mourinho, arms folded, looks murderous.
    • 15'
      They've moved Oscar into a sitting position but the jury is still out as to whether he will be able to continue in this game. Bond, the Watford keeper, was caught in no man's land during the offending challenge. I'm hoping that it's not much more than Oscar having the wind knocked out of him.
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      Oscar jogs back on as Mikel tries to launch a counter attack with an early ball to Drogba, but a really alert and purposeful challenge from Hoban prevents the Cote d'Ivoire striker from getting a chance to hold up the ball and bring some of his teammates into play.
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      This is a really good chance for some of the fringe members of Chelsea's first team to stake a claim for a more consistent place, particularly given the wobbles by the regular starters in recent weeks. Ramires for example, so ever present a few years ago, has made only five starts out of a potential
    • 21'
      Chelsea try to orchestrate on a three-on-four counter attack, and Ramires is presented with the opportunity to setup or shoot from about 25 yards. However, Munari closes down that gap admirably and makes the challenge.
    • 23'
      Watford are really dropping off and allowing Chelsea to dominate the ball and orchestrate at will. However, the Blues haven't really hit the mark with a few of their attempted defence-splitters from deep.
    • 25'
      John Obi Mikel is a prolific man in this competition - as much as he can be anyway. He's scored three of his five Chelsea career goals in the FA Cup. With Fabregas and Matic out of the XI, he's assumed more of a playmaking role today, as he does for Nigeria.
    • 26'
      J. Paredes is yellow-carded.
    • 26'
      Schurrle gets clumsily bundled over by Paredes, who is duly shown the first yellow card of the game.
    • 27'
      Chelsea are getting closer and closer with their killer balls. They're still lacking that bit of deadly accuracy though as Drogba slightly over-hits a little threaded pass into Oscar, who would have been through.
    • 29'
      Mourinho doesn't look happy with his side's performance as they continue to find it hard to fashion genuine chances against the visitors from the Championship. Goalless with just under half an hour gone.
    • 31'
      Mourinho, not for the first time in this game, is screaming on the touchline as a miscue between Oscar and Luis allows Watford a rare glimpse at an attack down the channel. Bet they both got chewed out in Portuguese.
    • 33'
      Drogba uses his body well to bully Cathcart but the support doesn't arrive in time. There's been a few times in this game now that Mikel has attempted the early long ball towards his fellow African, much like Fabregas does for Costa. Different actors, same script.
    • 35'
      Something of a dead period in the game as Watford orchestrate a spell of possession. They haven't managed to create anything other than Tozser's speculative 30 yarder during the opening exchanges.
    • 37'
      The more this game goes on the more you have to credit Watford's defensive resilience. They're completely wise to Chelsea's attempts to get early killer balls in, and their deep back line is working a treat as a result.
    • 39'
      You will not believe this, but Chelsea have held an incredible 90 per cent of the possession so far. Mourinho might have expected this, having been on the opposite end of this strategy to good effect during a few of his European nights.
    • 41'
      Schurrle is hearing it from sections of the crowd after a poor first touch breaks down a promising counter. After practically redefining the role of super sub for Germany during the World Cup, he's gone from bad to worse for Chelsea this season - not the only Nationalmannschaft player to have a post
    • 43'
      For the second time in this game, Cahill misses the target from a corner. Moments later, Watford nearly strike down at the other end, but a crucial deflection off Luis takes the ball out for a corner, which comes to naught.
    • 45'
      Some disjointed play in the Chelsea midfield as we approach half time, as Mikel and Ramires get their wires crossed, both moving ahead of the ball too soon. Mourinho looks like he has a lot to say at the break.
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      SI Willian SO A. Schürrle
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      SI Diego Costa SO A. Schürrle
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      Oscar is replaced with Diego Costa.
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      Willian enters play, replacing A. Schürrle.
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      Here we go again!
    • 47'
      Double change for Chelsea as Mourinho clearly doesn't want to have to deal with a replay at this busy stage of the season. Willian replaces Schurrle and Costa comes on for Oscar.
    • 48'
      This looks like a change of formation then for Chelsea with three strikers on the field. Difficult to tell their shape until a few passages of play of course, but it looks like a 4-4-2 for them going forward, with Remy the odd man out on the wing. Of course, he will probably push into the front line
    • 50'
      Some distress for Drogba here who goes down clutching his hamstring. Thankfully for Chelsea, that came as a result of a challenge, as players usually don't survive to play on if they pull up with a twanged hammy during an uncontested stride. He looks to be alright.
    • 52'
      With a crucial clash against Manchester City to come in the Premier League, Chelsea will want to swerve past any unwanted fixture pile-up. However, they need to show more invention, because Watford are finding it a little too easy.
    • 54'
      Zouma heads clear with confidence to halt a hopeful Watford counter. The young French tank has been impressive every time he's been given a chance and that has not changed today. Looks a superb investment for the Blues.
    • 56'
      CECH WITH A STUNNER! The keeper needed to have every fibre of his being focused on preventing a critical deflection from sneaking in on his blind side. Chelsea get away with one there!
    • 58'
      G Willian Assist A. Schürrle
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      L. Rémy provided the assist.
    • 58'
      CHELSEA HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD! And it comes from a somewhat unlikely source! Willian takes a great first touch at the edge of the area, opens up his body and nonchalantly bends the ball into the far corner!
    • 60'
      I said somewhat unlikely because shooting and goalscoring has been a frustratingly absent aspect of Willian's game in Chelsea colours. He's lost a bit of the duende that made him such a talent at Shakhtar but every now and then he reminds us that he's not just a Mourinho robot.
    • 62'
      Chelsea now have all the momentum and are looking to channel that into a two-goal cushion. They've certainly got the ammunition out on the pitch - can they break down Watford again?
    • 64'
      Costa steals towards the byline and with the defence guessing, he very nearly registers an assist with a dangerous ball that finds no takers in Blue inside the area. Great opportunity!
    • 65'
      SI M. Vydra SO A. Schürrle
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      O. Ighalo is replaced with M. Vydra.
    • 66'
      D. Tőzsér is cautioned by the referee.
    • 66'
      Tozser goes into the book after a crunching challenge against Ramires near the halfway line. The referee needed no time to make that decision, it looked a painful one for the Brazilian.
    • 68'
      A real back-and-forth period to the game as Chelsea are caught high upfield, but Forestieri, despite getting in behind Azpilicueta, can't fashion the killer pass into the area that Watford were begging for.
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      G L. Rémy Assist A. Schürrle
    • 70'
      CHELSEA HAVE THEIR CUSHION! Costa smashes a shot with unbelievable venom that clearly hits the arm of Cathcart. Chelsea want a penalty but forget those claims in an instant as Remy spins on a dime and turns in the rebound!
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      G K. Zouma Assist A. Schürrle
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      Azpilicueta provided the assist.
    • 72'
      THE BLUES HAVE ANOTHER! Zouma uses every sinew in his neck to thump a punishing header into the back of the net! That will surely be that for Chelsea!
    • 72'
      No way Chelsea were going to be denied on that play. It would have been harsh to call Cathcart for a penalty given the ferocity with which Costa's shot struck him, but it seems like Remy saved the referee from an awkward call.
    • 73'
      SI A. Abdi SO A. Schürrle
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      A. Abdi enters the game and replaces D. Tőzsér.
    • 74'
      Tozser has probably been the best of a terrible bunch for Watford this afternoon. The Hungarian, who is on loan from Parma, departs the field of play for the last time, with Almen Abdi, formerly of Udinese, coming on.
    • 76'
      Party time for Chelsea now, who have responded brilliantly in the second half to close out a professional victory. Poor Watford never had a chance once Willian cracked their nut just before the hour mark.
    • 78'
      The squad rotation has worked out for Mourinho then. Zouma has been fantastic, Remy has gotten on the scoresheet and Mikel has given a solid two-way performance. Schurrle has been questionable, but you can't win 'em all.
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      SI N. Aké SO A. Schürrle
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      D. Drogba is replaced with N. Aké.
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      Drogba has been a battering ram at times up top for the Blues, and he goes off to a warm reception with Nathan Ake coming on in his stead.
    • 82'
      Not a whole lot happening out on the pitch, as Chelsea leisurely play their triangles in midfield, with Watford all but beaten. Even Mourinho no longer looks like someone tried to pull out his front teeth.
    • 83'
      SI S. Murray SO A. Schürrle
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      S. Murray comes on for G. Munari.
    • 85'
      NEARLY A FOURTH! After taking an age to line up a free kick, Costa clips one towards the corner that is just about pushed by Bond onto the woodwork! So he can take free kicks too?
    • 87'
      Some cheers coming from the Chelsea faithful as their side pass rings around the opposition for a few sequences. The 'Ole's' are coming out.
    • 89'
      This was exactly the kind of result that Chelsea needed to restore some good will following the Tottenham debacle. The massive squad rotation from Mourinho understandably had its' fair share of wobbles in the first half, but the Blues were ruthless after the interval.
    • 90'
      Seconds left now as a free kick is fired into the stands from Willian. Some fans are already making for the exits to beat the post-game rush.
    • 90'
      Costa on the far side is complaining bitterly to the referee about a challenge that he deemed as harsh. He's such a Faberge egg for Chelsea at this point in the season, even with Drogba's sterling job so far as a back up.

    Line Up




    Frank Lampard
    Vladimir Ivic



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 7 11
    Yellow Cards 0 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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