THE DATA DAY: SOUTHAMPTON V CHELSEA

We had to come from behind to book our place in the FA Cup fourth round, but the win was well deserved according to the important facts and figures.

Southampton had a 78 per cent success rate compared with our own 84 per cent, as we improved on the ball after our equalising goal to dominate proceedings.

Ramires was the game's top passer, completing 52 of his 58 passes. Cesar Azpilicueta misplaced only three of his 47, and the back four as a whole completed 138 of their 150 passes.

Juan Mata received praise from both managers for his display, although the Spaniard demonstrated a lower than average 70 per cent success rate with his passing, hinting at his willingness to take risks in the opposition half. Mata sent in a game-high seven crosses, and also created three goalscoring chances. Eden Hazard made five.

Demba Ba's link-up play was strong, the Senegalese debutant finishing the game with an 85 per cent hit rate on his passes, and was happy taking long balls (he received six from Ross Turnbull) or short (five from Hazard).

Ba had four shots over the 90 minutes, as did David Luiz, who continues to get forward as a central midfielder. No Southampton player had more than two. The last Chelsea player to score twice on his debut was Kerry Dixon in 1983.

For once, Chelsea attempted more crosses (24) than our opponents (16), and completed eight to their two.

His penalty brought Frank Lampard level with second-placed Dixon in our all-time goalscorers' chart. He has 193 Chelsea goals, of which 45 are penalties. Saturday's strike was his 25th in the FA Cup for us, taking him level with club record goalscorer Bobby Tambling as our joint-highest in this competition.

Ashley Cole (competition debut 2007) and Branislav Ivanovic (2009) remain unbeaten in FA Cup games with Chelsea, excluding penalty shootouts. Cole has won the Cup four times in our colours, and seven in total.


Tickets for our league meeting with Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 16 January are now on sale to members.