Getting a Championship team at home was about as kind a draw as one could hope for in the fourth round of the FA Cup, but as Liverpool demonstrated against Wolves earlier on Saturday, the minnows can do some damage if they catch their supposed betters unfocused. Chelsea didn't have any such problems in their match, going up 2-0 within the first 25 minutes and then seeing out the match with minimal problems. Quick thoughts:
- It's been a while since Chelsea scored straight from a free kick, but Willian decided to remind us all that it could be done. What a strike to put the Blues ahead!
- I don't think anyone but Michy Batshuayi is sure whether his pass to Pedro for the second was deliberate or not, since it went straight through Loftus-Cheek to get there, but it ended up being an inch-perfect through-ball, so hey.
- Loftus-Cheek and Batshuayi both really wanted goals today. They were both pretty unlucky -- the latter had an effort cleared off the line from a corner and then a goal disallowed because Pedro was offside before scoring a late penalty, and the former had a few good shots saved and hit the crossbar in the second half.
- Speaking of the second half ... it was pretty bad. With reserves at every midfield and defensive position bar Pedro, who was pretending to be a wingback, and Azpilicueta, who was at LCB, Chelsea were vulnerable to pressure and Brentford threw themselves forward after the break. It wasn't easy watching, but Branislav Ivanovic killed off the trouble on the counter.
- Ivanovic was unbelievable after he was put on. Scored a goal, won a penalty, could/should have had a pair of assists. If he's on the way out that was a hell of a way to say goodbye.
- Kenedy came on for Azpilicueta after the third goal, which means he's with us for the rest of the season.
- Don't shoot from there, Kurt.