Southampton 1-5 Chelsea
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Third Round Proper
3pm, Saturday 5 January 2013
St. Mary's Stadium
Winning clubs receive £67,500 from The FA's prize fund
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By Chris Hatherall
FA Cup holders Chelsea survived an early scare at Southampton to reach the Fourth Round with an emphatic 5-1 victory at St Mary's - including two goals from new signing Demba Ba and a record-equalling one from Frank Lampard.
Ba scored on his Blues debut just 24 hours after arriving from Newcastle in a transfer window deal.
And it means Chelsea can still dream of winning back-to-back FA Cup victories, eight months after beating Liverpool at Wembley.
Lampard, meanwhile, became Chelsea's joint-top FA Cup goalscorer in history with his late penalty - and moved to second on the club's all-time list in all competitions too.
All in all, it was a great day for Rafa Benitez's men. But there was still a nervy start when Southampton took a surprise lead.
Jason Puncheon produced an excellent through-ball for striker Jay Rodriguez, who calmly and deftly dinked the ball past goalkeeper Ross Turnbull in the 25th minute.
But Chelsea were level by 35 minutes when Eden Hazard jinked into the area, Juan Mata crossed and new signing Ba made sure by poking it over the line from less than a yard out.
They then made it 2-1 in first-half injury time when Victor Moses drilled home left-footed from just inside the area.
You never really got a feeling Southampton would find a way back into the game after that and sure enough, Chelsea made it 3-1 in the second half when Mata crossed from the left and Branislav Ivanovic headed home a simple goal.
The fourth came after 61 minutes - and it was Ba who grabbed his second of the afternoon, coolly turning home another low cross from Hazard.
It was the former Newcastle man's 15th goal of a prolific season. No wonder Chelsea were so keen to sign him.
He could have grabbed a hat-trick too - but saw his far post header from a Ramires cross well saved by Saints keeper Artur Boruc.
It was left to England midfielder Lampard, on as a substitute, to make it 5-1, scoring from the spot following a handball in the 83rd minute.
It was Lampard's 193rd goal for Chelsea, which leaves him tied with Kerry Dixon in second place on the club's all-time list behind Bobby Tambling (who scored 202). And it also means he is tied on 25 goals with Tambling himself as Chelsea's all-time record FA Cup goalscorer.
Southampton: Boruc, Cork, Fonte (Hooiveld 64), Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon (Lee 78), Steven Davis, Schneiderlin (De Ridder 54), Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Rodriguez.
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Lambert, Mayuka, Reeves.
Chelsea: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic (Lampard 65), Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Luiz, Mata (Oscar 79), Hazard, Moses (Marin 73), Ba.
Subs not used: Hilario, Torres, Ferreira, Bertrand.
Referee: Mike Dean
Southampton 1-5 Chelsea