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  • Date:18 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Stamford Bridge
  • Attendance:36,870
  • Sturridge (61)
  • Murphy (19) Murphy (19)

Live Commentary

92:45 +2.45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nathan Redmond. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

92:19 +2.19

Ramires challenges Morgaro Gomis unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

91:30 +1.30

Jonathan Spector fouled by David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. David Luiz is booked. Headed cross/shot by Jordon Mutch, save made by Petr Cech.

90:39 +0.39

The referee blows for offside against Branislav Ivanovic. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Pablo Ibanez. Shot on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick.


Jordon Mutch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.


The official flags Jake Jervis offside. Gary Cahill restarts play with the free kick.


Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.


Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Curtis Davies by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.


Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raul Meireles.


Chris Burke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wade Elliott. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Frank Lampard coming on for Juan Mata. The referee blows for offside. Colin Doyle takes the indirect free kick.


Raul Meireles produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.


Jordon Mutch fouled by Raul Meireles, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jordon Mutch, save made by Petr Cech.


Outswinging corner taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Morgaro Gomis.


Corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Spector.


Adam Rooney leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Jervis.


Corner from right by-line taken by Juan Mata.


Adam Rooney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the free kick.


Foul by Wade Elliott on Raul Meireles, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Raul Meireles from left wing, clearance made by Colin Doyle.


Didier Drogba fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Raul Meireles takes the direct free kick.


Foul by Morgaro Gomis on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.


Foul by Nathan Redmond on Ramires, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ramires.


Header by Salomon Kalou from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.


Daniel Sturridge finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham.Assist by Branislav Ivanovic.


Jordon Mutch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Petr Cech takes the free kick.


Effort on goal by Juan Mata from inside the box misses to the right of the target.


Salomon Kalou comes on in place of Mikel.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordon Mutch, Shot from deep inside the area by Nathan Redmond clears the crossbar.


Foul by Gary Cahill on Adam Rooney, free kick awarded. Gary Cahill shown a yellow card. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordon Mutch from left channel, clearance made by Gary Cahill.


Morgaro Gomis challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel.


Foul by Ryan Bertrand on Wade Elliott, free kick awarded. Jonathan Spector takes the direct free kick.


Juan Mata challenges Wade Elliott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.


The offside flag is raised against Daniel Sturridge. Pablo Ibanez takes the indirect free kick.


Foul by Adam Rooney on Ramires, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.


David Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ramires. Direct free kick taken by Raul Meireles.


David Murphy fouled by Ramires, the ref awards a free kick. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.


Didier Drogba replaces Fernando Torres.


Juan Mata takes a shot. Comfortable save by Colin Doyle.


Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Curtis Davies gets a block in.


Mikel has a shot and went wide left of the goal.


Effort from outside the penalty box by Daniel Sturridge goes wide left of the target.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Fernando Torres. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Juan Mata from left channel, clearance by Pablo Ibanez.


Nathan Redmond takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.


Close range headed effort by Daniel Sturridge clears the crossbar.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Raul Meireles, clearance made by David Murphy.


Jordon Mutch challenges David Luiz unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books Jordon Mutch for unsporting behaviour. David Luiz produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Colin Doyle.


Jordon Mutch is ruled offside. David Luiz takes the indirect free kick.


Ramires challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.


Wade Elliott challenges Ramires unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken by Juan Mata saved by Colin Doyle. Chelsea 0-1 Birmingham.


Jordon Mutch takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, A goal is scored by David Murphy from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Adam Rooney.


(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Spector coming on for Stephen Carr.


Corner taken by Jordon Mutch, David Luiz manages to make a clearance.


Ramires challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

Match Preview

AVB demands full focus Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to see his side produce a much-improved display in the FA Cup against Birmingham following the lacklustre defeat to Everton. The 2-0 loss extended their winless streak in the Barclays Premier League to four matches as the pressure continued to build on the Portuguese. However, his position appeared to strengthen on Friday after Guus Hiddink reportedly agreed to become the new manager of Anzhi Makhachkala. The spectre of Hiddink has been hanging over Villas-Boas for three months after the Dutchman left the Turkey post following their failure to qualify for this summer's European Championship. Speculation intensified this week that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was considering sending another SOS to Hiddink amid reports senior players at Stamford Bridge wanted their former caretaker boss to be brought in to replace the Portuguese. But if Abramovich had planned to do that, he appears to have waited too long, following claims Hiddink had agreed #12.5million, 18-month deal to take charge of mega-rich Russian club Anzhi. Defeat in Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie with Birmingham is unthinkable for Villas-Boas, who will be demanding a response from Saturday's "worst performance of the season" at Goodison Park. He said: "Full focus will be needed and full determination, which will be the exact opposite of what happened against Everton." Chelsea's squad should be strong enough to see off npower Championship Birmingham without talismanic duo John Terry and Didier Drogba, who are set to be held back for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Napoli. Drogba has been missed in the past eight weeks while on African Nations Cup duty, with Fernando Torres still failing to score despite starting every game. "Didier back in contention will give further competition for Fernando and (Romelu) Lukaku," Villas-Boas said. "For the player that he is, he is as strong as anybody." With Drogba in fine form at the African Nations Cup, the match could be Torres' last chance to keep his place for Tuesday's game. Villas-Boas said: "It hasn't been happening for him but, as he continues to try to help the team, there will be a goal from him." Meanwhile, Chelsea have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Lille midfielder Eden Hazard. The Blues had been strongly linked with a January move for the Belgian star, who was this week tipped to make a summer switch to Tottenham. Birmingham boss Chris Hughton has lent his backing to Villas-Boas. He believes the former Porto manager has the pedigree and quality to overcome the current difficult transitional period he was confronted with when taking charge last summer. Hughton said: "It was always going to be a tough job, and it will always continue to be a tough job, because the pressures of managing at the top end are certainly different to anywhere else. "The expectations are higher, Chelsea are expected to win the majority of their games and that comes with the territory. "What you don't do is become manager of Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, the two Manchester clubs etc, without being a quality manager. "Villa-Boas has got the job because of his CV. It is a transitional period when he has come in and there have been some difficulties for him with that. "But I'm quite sure that given time he will put his own stamp on the club and the team. I certainly feel he will turn their fortunes around." Hughton also believes that Villa-Boas will rise above reports that some of the current Chelsea squad are constantly texting former manager Jose Mourinho. He said: "You can see and read anything. You can only work off what you know are facts and the facts are he is the manager of Chelsea and it is his responsibility to do the best job that he can. "It is part and parcel of the game, whether texts, Facebook or Twitter. The modern communications are very much part of the game. "What I see in the present day Chelsea manager, is a manager who is very focused on his team." Hughton has guided Birmingham to a 13 game unbeaten run and into the Championship play-off positions and insists the pressure will all be on Chelsea. He said: "This will be a massive test but, whichever way it goes, it is certainly one we will enjoy. "It will be great experience for the younger players, going to a Premier League team, a team with the quality they have had, certainly in recent years. "The plus for us is no-one expects us to win. They are the class Premier League side and we are a team doing very well in the Championship. "It is important we go there and give a good account of ourselves but the pressure is certainly on Chelsea to win the game." Blues will be without injured strikers Nikola Zigic and Marlon King with Adam Rooney set to lead the attack. But they are giving a trial to former Hull striker Caleb Folan who left Major Soccer League side Colorado Rapids at the start of this month.

Formation:433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas


Formation: 442Manager: Chris Hughton


  • Petr Cech
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • Gary Cahill
  • David Luiz
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Ramires
  • Mikel
  • Raul Meireles
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Fernando Torres
  • Juan Mata
  • SUBS
  • Henrique Hilario
  • Michael Essien
  • Frank Lampard
  • Didier Drogba
  • Florent Malouda
  • Jose Bosingwa
  • Salomon Kalou



Match Report

Sturridge spares Chelsea's blushes Daniel Sturridge rescued Chelsea from FA Cup humiliation but they did nothing to ease the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas as Birmingham secured a shock FA Cup fifth-round replay with a 1-1 draw. The home side's season was in danger of hitting a new low when their latest defensive calamity allowed David Murphy to give the visitors a shock half-time lead at Stamford Bridge. Colin Doyle also brilliantly saved a Juan Mata penalty and, although Sturridge eventually equalised, Chelsea simply did not do enough to find a winner. The performance showed Sunday's summit meeting in which Villas-Boas' players reportedly challenged their manager did nothing to address the problems which led to their worst display of the season at Everton last weekend. Villas-Boas insisted it did not matter if some of his squad did not back him as he had the support of Roman Abramovich, but the club's billionaire owner would not have been happy with what he saw. The man he spent #50million on - Fernando Torres - again failed to impress, hauled off at half-time for Didier Drogba, who was a surprise substitute following the African Nations Cup. But others, too, let themselves down as Chelsea's winless run extended to four matches. The travelling fans taunted Villas-Boas with chants of, "You're getting sacked in the morning", as Chelsea toiled from the start. The hosts were almost embarrassed when David Luiz's attempted clearance deflected off a Birmingham head before Stephen Carr was forced off injured, Jonathan Spector coming on. The defending that cost Chelsea at Goodison Park resurfaced when they fell behind in the 20th minute, Luiz and Raul Meireles failing to deal with a near-post corner, allowing Murphy to drill home. Chelsea finally woke up and urgent attacking immediately won them a penalty when Wade Elliott tripped Ramires but Doyle produced a world-class save to tip Mata's spot-kick onto the post. Curtis Davies produced a brilliant interception to stop Torres reaching a cross from Sturridge, who then screamed in vain for another penalty when he crumpled under Pablo Ibanez's challenge. Luiz tried to inject some inspiration when a typical surge forward saw Jordon Mutch rightly booked for the crudest of challenges, which the defender almost punished with a superb free-kick that Doyle tipped over. Sturridge then unleashed a blistering volley that just dipped too late and Mata directed a header too close to Doyle before Chelsea trudged off to muted jeers. The boos turned to cheers after the interval when Torres, who had another half to forget, was hauled off for Drogba. The Ivorian immediately showed the kind of commitment lacking from Torres by retrieving the ball for a goal-kick. But Chelsea showed little sign of improvement and Gary Cahill was booked for a tangle with Adam Rooney before more shocking set-piece defending saw Redmond blast over a corner. Salomon Kalou replaced the ineffective John Obi Mikel, although it was someone else the crowd wanted, judging by the chants of "Super Frankie Lampard". However, the change paid off, Mata drilling wide after brilliantly taking down Luiz's crossfield pass before Sturridge equalised in the 62nd minute. Branislav Ivanovic was given time to deliver a cross and Sturridge rose unmarked to power home a header via the inside of the post. Elliott threw himself in front of Ivanovic's attempted follow-up before Rooney was withdrawn for Jake Jervis. Meireles' low drive through a crowd of players was deflected just over the bar while Mutch tested Petr Cech with a low free-kick. Lampard finally joined the fray when he replaced Mata for the last seven minutes in another unpopular substitution, with Elliott also withdrawn for Chris Burke. Ivanovic appealed half-heartedly for a penalty after a coming together with Murphy before Birmingham wasted a glorious chance to snatch it when Redman shot tamely at Cech after racing clear. Lampard drilled a free-kick straight at the wall in stoppage-time, Luiz was cautioned for clattering into Spector, and Davies headed too close to Cech as the visitors held on for a deserved replay.