Chelsea 4-0 Brentford
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Fourth Round Proper replay
12noon, Sunday 17 February 2013
Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC
Live on ITV1
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by Wally Downes
Chelsea booked their place in the Fifth Round of The FA Cup with a comfortable win over west London rivals Brentford.
The aspiring League One side held The Cup holders and European champions to a goalless first half but the Premier League side showed their class after the break to progress.
Goals from Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry settled the tie but Brentford gave a great account of themselves and will benefit financially from the well-earned replay and now focus on their bid for promotion in to the Championship
On 26 minutes the home side almost broke the deadlock with Brazilian Oscar coming close.
The midfielder was set-up after Victor Moses, back from a triumphant African Cup of Nations with Nigeria, back-heeled the ball to Mata who fed Oscar whose right-foot effort smacked the upright.
Brentford thought they had taken the lead with moments of the first half remaining. Adam Forshaw drove through from midfield and was dispossessed by David Luiz, the ball then fell to Marcelo Trotta who poked the ball past Petr Cech.
However, the goal was ruled out by referee Neil Swarbrick who had already blown his whistle after adjudging Luiz’s challenge during the build up to be a foul.
Shortly after the restart Chelsea almost took the lead only for Simon Moore to deny them with a fine save. Branislav Ivanovic attacked a well-delivered cross with his head but the Bees 'keeper palmed his effort away.
Chelsea finally broke the deadlock on 55 minutes with a route one goal that bypassed their usual intricate midfield passing. Cech aimed a long kick down the centre of the pitch and when the ball dropped Mata was first to it.
The Spaniard took control and aimed a shot across the goal and in to the bottom corner.
Rafa Benitez then introduced Eden Hazard and his impact was almost immediate as Chelsea doubled their lead within seconds of his arrival.
Ivanovic raced down the right and when he reached the by-line he pulled a cross back to the six-yard box where Oscar was lurking.
An audacious back-heel from the South American evaded Moore in the Brentford goal and centre back Harlee Dean who tried desperately to clear the ball off of his goal-line only for it to trickle through his legs.
Chelsea then put the game to bed with a record-breaking goal. Lampard burst in to the Brentford box and latched on to a Mata cross to become the club’s highest ever scorer in The FA Cup.
Then, with eight minutes remaining, Terry marked his return to the side with a trademark headed goal. Oscar delivered a perfect deep cross and the defender sneaked round the back post to nod home.
The Blues will now face Middlesbrough in Round Five.
Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Luiz, Lampard (Bertrand 80), Oscar, Mata (Benayoun 78), Moses (Hazard 65), Ba.
Substitutes not used Turnbull, Ramires, Torres, Azpilicueta.
Moore, Logan, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Adeyemi, Diagouraga (Reeves 73), Douglas, Forshaw (Saunders 78), Donaldson, Trotta (Forrester 56)
Substitutes not used Lee, Barron, Hodson, Hayes.
Referee Neil Swarbrick