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Moses (45 + 2)
Ivanovic (52)
Ba (61)
Lampard (83)

St. Mary's Stadium

Sat 05 Jan 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 27,813)


After four consecutive league games, it is two cup matches in a row for the Blues, beginning with the start of this season's FA Cup campaign. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton think third round…

This is Chelsea's first visit to St Mary's in eight years as we defend the FA Cup for the seventh time in our history. The Blues have an immensely proud record in this competition in recent times, winning it in three of the last four seasons.

Only Tottenham (eight times, most recent 1991), Arsenal (10, 2005) and Manchester United (11, 2004) have won the world's most fabled competition for football clubs more times.

This is the first year in nine Chelsea have been drawn away in the third round of the FA Cup.

Few teams have flown the FA Cup flag around the world as widely as Chelsea, especially across Europe, Africa and South America.

Players from Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Uruguay have been involved in winning finals with Chelsea since 1997, becoming ambassadors for the tournament.

'When you are a foreigner watching English football and you see that red carpet and the managers with the big flower,' 2000 trophy-winner Gustavo Poyet said recently, 'any player who comes to England is thinking that if they're lucky enough, they will be able to play once in the FA Cup final. So to be able to play in one and win it is even better.

'I say this coming from Uruguay, where there is no cup and from Spain where there is the Copa Del Rey, but the FA Cup is the greatest cup in the world.'

Other overseas Blues would concur: Didier Drogba, for example, became the first player to score in four FA Cup finals, winning on each occasion, including the first at the new Wembley in 2007.

Equally Ruud Gullit: no overseas manager had lifted the old trophy before he claimed it in 1997.

Gullit Hughes

The Italian forward Gianfranco Zola danced a jig of delight on the pitch at the end of that game - and his Watford side square up to 2011 winners Manchester City this weekend.

Rafael Benitez might be forgiven for pondering the club's priorities over the next week, with a Capital One Cup semi-final first leg coming in midweek, ahead of a testy league trip to Stoke on Saturday.

Some of his players looked jaded and lacked intensity in the defeat at home to QPR, which saw the Blues remain in fourth place. That match was the 11th in 35 days for the Chelsea squad, which has fewer playing personnel than any Premier League rival this season.

There have also been injuries and suspensions to the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, David Luiz, John Mikel Obi and Oriol Romeu over the same period. As a result, new striker Demba Ba, who is cup-tied for the Europa League, may be called into action straight away at the Dell. Midfielder Yossi Benayoun has also returned from loan.

Probable underdogs Southampton enjoyed an unbeaten Christmas campaign but manager Nigel Adkins indicated that Premier League survival is his overriding concern in the team selection for their Capital One Cup match at Leeds in October.

He made 11 changes from the side that played Spurs the previous Sunday and the Saints were beaten 0-3. However, with his team having more recovery and preparation time than a bruised Chelsea side he may scent victory and keep his changes to a minimum.

Which has the highest priority for you at the moment: the FA Cup, Capital One Cup, Premier League or Europa League? #CFCPMB

If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 16 January, kick off 7.45pm, subject to any TV selection.

The draw for the FA Cup fourth round is on Sunday at around 3.30pm and will be broadcast live on ITV 1 and FATV.

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Chelsea's defence of the FA Cup starts here. Former Blues winger Clive Walker hopes the Blues start off on the right foot back to Wembley on Saturday.

Key battles
'Mental attitude is going to be a crucial element on Saturday, especially after the QPR performance, which was way below par for Chelsea.

'When you consider we were playing local rivals, even though they were poor, we lacked the passion and intensity to create chances. You don't like to think of our players having the mindset that they just have to turn up and goals will come - we're better than that.

'Luckily after what was a very poor performance another game has quickly come around and in a competition we have had a habit of winning in recent seasons. As long as we have the right players on the pitch in the correct frame of mind I am confident we can maintain that trend.

'On team selection, it's almost certain both bosses will shake up their starting 11s. Nigel Adkins rested a few regulars in the FA Cup last season as his side sought back-to-back promotions. He made wholesale changes against Leeds in the Capital One Cup.

'One thing he has to be wary of is a defeat that dents their confidence after a good league run. So he may not change too much. I don't think he'd be too downhearted if they lost this match and won points in their next league game.

'Rotation is a matter of fact in the modern game. When it goes wrong the manager's decisions are always questioned, though it's the players who don't perform.

'Yet the manager sees his squad at closer quarters than the fans and media. He can see who is physically and mentally jaded, who is looking sharp. Players love the game and want to play every time. But the training metrics may say something different.

'After Wednesday Rafael Benitez will be as keen to get a good result as anyone. Where does our defence of the FA Cup sit amongst Chelsea's other priorities though? There's the first leg of Capital One Cup in midweek, then a Premier League trip to face a physical and confident Stoke side.

'The club will be looking at the top four as a key priority. We might have the luxury of looking at the Capital One Cup as being key as we're in the semi-final and with Villa or Bradford to face should we get past Swansea. But after QPR we really need league points.

'The Chelsea players will be determined to get that result out of their system as soon as possible, and Southampton may be thinking it is the worst event for them because of a possible backlash.

'Nigel Adkins is doing a great job under testing circumstances. He has been changing his team a lot, switching systems, searching for a winning formula. He's changed his goalie five times, and Artur Boruc, who looked uncertain in his handling early on against Arsenal, went on to do very well.

'Adkins might just get them out of trouble in the league, and with a regular goalscorer like Rickie Lambert he may well just keep them in the Premier League. Their movement and passing is excellent, but they maybe lack the cutting edge to break teams down.

'Lambert is certainly a problem that Ross Turnbull will have to aware of because he likes a snapshot. But it will be a blow for Southampton that midfielder Adam Lallana is out.

'Jason Puncheon can be very combative and incisive down the flanks and whoever is down his side will need to be strong and aware. Former Chelsea youngster Jack Cork (pictured below) is honest and hard-working but you would imagine he will have his work cut out against his old teammates.


'For Chelsea I can see Ashley Cole, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard returning to the starting line-up. Benitez will want to go strong from the start after Wednesday. Perhaps Demba Ba will see some action too, as Fernando Torres has played more minutes than any other Chelsea player recently.

'It's a one-off, so whoever plays will be desperate to take their chances. I think the QPR setback will probably give Chelsea the kick up the backside they need to win this.'

Squad fitness news
John Terry (knee), Petr Cech (thigh) and Oriol Romeu (knee) remain out, but John Mikel Obi is available again.

Southampton captain Adam Lallana has a knee injury but right-back Nathaniel Clyne may return from an injury to his knee. Midfielder Gaston Ramirez is expected to have recovered from a dead leg.

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In the third round of the 1976/77 FA Cup, promotion-chasing Chelsea were drawn against the side who had famously beaten Manchester United in the final the previous May. The trophy was paraded around the stadium before kick-off.

Southampton's was a seasoned squad that included former Shed idol Peter Osgood as well as Mick Channon, Ted MacDougall and Alan Ball. The make-up of the Blues' personnel was dictated by finance and status - the club having been impoverished by stadium costs and relegated in 1975.

Under 1960s/70s left-back Eddie McCreadie, who moved up from coach under Ron Suart to manager in April 1975, a fresh team was emerging from the ranks of the Chelsea juniors scheme, with Ray Wilkins its undoubted star and fulcrum.

Around Wilkins McCreadie assembled enthusiastic, hard-working and dynamic players, including a smattering of seniority with the likes of Mickey Droy, Peter Bonetti and David Hay.

It was a measure of the good work the Scot was doing that the team's last league action before the cup tie was a 5-1 demotion of Hereford in which Wilkins scored a sublime lob and youngsters Kenny Swain, Steve Finnieston (pictured below) and Garry Stanley hit the target.


The team travelled south a week later brimming with confidence and as one reporter put it, 'If Eddie McCreadie's catherine wheel team had a real marksman, Saturday's tie at The Dell would have seen the Cup-holders Southampton eliminated by half-time.'

That may be harsh on Finnieston - who actually netted 26 goals that season - but gave the measure of the visitors' performance. Yet all Chelsea had to show for that at half-time was a 1-0 lead provided by right-back Gary Locke's swashbuckling run and shot in the 35th minute; Swain was unable to convert two great chances.

Chelsea were a flurry of blue all over the field, harassing and winning the second ball against a First Division Saints team who seemed perturbed by the visitors' intensity.

Predictably, the game changed after the break as the Saints shook off their New Year lethargy. Just before the hour mark Channon swept Osgood's knock down past John Phillips, with the game ending 1-1.

The Blues were favourites to prevail in the replay four days later. However, the Saints had reached Wembley the previous season by beating Crystal Palace at the Stamford Bridge in the semi-final.

Once again the youngsters dominated the first half but this time no goal came. Goalless until the second period of extra time, the game was settled ruthlessly by Southampton's three-goal spree.

In all competitions Chelsea have won 15 times at Southampton in 44 attempts - although we have never won a cup tie there.

The Blues and Saints have been drawn against each other on four previous occasions in the FA Cup, with the south coast side progressing each time, three of them after a replay.

Chelsea have won three and drawn once at St Mary's Stadium on our four previous visits, all in the Premier League.

Chelsea v Southampton in the FA Cup
2nd round, 3 February 1923
Chelsea..…...…………….0 Southampton..…………..0
                   Att: 67,105

2nd round replay, 7 February 1923

Southampton..………….1 Chelsea……………………...0
                  Att: 15,781

1st round, 12 January 1924
Chelsea..…...…………….1 Southampton..…………..1
Wilson                                    Dominy
                  Att: 34,586

1st round replay, 16 January 1924
Southampton..………….2 Chelsea……………………...0
                  Att: 18,415

3rd round, 8 January 1977
Southampton..………….1 Chelsea……………………...1
Channon                              Locke
                   Att: 26,041

3rd round replay, 12 January 1977
Chelsea..…...…………….0 Southampton..…………..3
                                                 Peach pen
After extra time
                  Att: 42,868

3rd round, 3 January 1981, The Dell
Southampton 3-1 Chelsea


Manager Lawrie McMenemy
Peter Wells, Ivan Golac, Nicky Holmes, Steve Williams, Dave Watson, Chris Nicholl, Kevin Keegan (Trevor Hebberd 64), Mick Channon, Charlie George, Steve Moran, Graham Baker.
Scorers Moran (6), Keegan (40), Baker (77)

Geoff Hurst
Petar Borota, Gary Locke, Dennis Rofe, John Bumstead (Phil Driver h/t), Mickey Droy, Gary Chivers, Ian Britton, Mike Fillery, Colin Lee, Clive Walker, Peter Rhoades-Brown.
Scorer Lee (81)

Referee Clive Thomas
Attendance 23,694

Other cup meetings

League Cup
(2nd Rd 1st leg) - The Dell - Drew 1-1
(2nd Rd 2nd leg) - Stamford Bridge - Chelsea won 2-1
1997/98 (4th Rd) - Stamford Bridge - Chelsea won 2-1 aet

Zenith Data Systems Cup
(Southern Final 1st leg) - The Dell - Saints won 2-0
(Southern Final 2nd leg) - Stamford Bridge - Saints won 3-1

Chelsea v Southampton in all competitions
Games played 88
Chelsea wins 35
Saints wins 28
Draws 25

Biggest win at Southampton for each team
Southampton 0-3 Chelsea - 03/09/1966 (Old Division One)
Southampton 5-0 Chelsea - 01/02/1969 (Old Division One)

Chelsea lost to Southampton: 3,991
Southampton beat a top-flight team in the FA Cup: 728
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,786
Liverpool won the league: 8,281

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Chelsea in the FA Cup
Winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Runners-up: 1915, 1967, 1994, 2002
Semi-finalists: 1911, 1920, 1932, 1950, 1952, 1965, 1966, 1996, 2006

Chelsea are unbeaten in 23 FA Cup matches in open play (excluding penalty shoot-outs). Our last defeat in the competition was at Barnsley five years ago in March 2008.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - 5th round
2004/05 - 5th round
2005/06 - Semi-final
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Quarter-final
2008/09 - Winners
2009/10 - Winners
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - Winners

Chelsea last lost a third-round tie in 1998 when Man Utd beat us 5-3 at Stamford Bridge. Since then our third-round games have been:

1999 Oldham Athletic (a) W 2-0
2000 Hull (a) W 6-1
2001 Peterborough (h) W 5-0
2002 Norwich (a) D 0-0, (h) W 4-0
2003 Middlesbrough (h) W 1-0
2004 Watford (a) D 2-2, (h) W 4-0
2005 Scunthorpe (h) W 3-1
2006 Huddersfield (h) W 2-1
2007 Macclesfield (h) W 6-1
2008 QPR (h) W 1-0
2009 Southend (h) D 1-1 (a) W 4-1
2010 Watford (h) W 5-0
2011 Ipswich (h) W 7-0
2012 Portsmouth (h) W 4-0


Bobby Tambling is our leading scorer in the FA Cup on 25 goals closely followed by Frank Lampard with 24.

Last six results
Dec 16 Corinthians (Club World Cup final, Japan) L 0-1
Dec 19 Leeds (League Cup QF a) W 5-1
Dec 23 Aston Villa (h) W 8-0
Dec 26 Norwich (a) W 1-0
Dec 30 Everton (a) W 2-1
Jan 2 QPR (h) L 0-1


2012/13 scorers
Torres 14 (1 pen), Mata 13, Cahill 6, E Hazard 6 (2 pens), Lampard 6 (2 pens), Oscar 6 (1 pen), Ivanovic 5, Ramires 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Moses 4, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goals 1. Total 77.

Chelsea's next three games
Wed 9 Jan Swansea (League Cup semi-final, 1st leg) home 7.45pm
Sat 12 Jan Stoke away 3pm
Wed 16 Jan Southampton home 7.45pm

Frank Lampard requires one goal to equal our second highest top scorer in all competitions, Kerry Dixon with 193.

If selected, Fernando Torres will make his 100th appearance for Chelsea and Ramires will make his 100th start in a Blue shirt.

Congratulations to Eden Hazard who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Monday (7th)

Southampton in the FA Cup
Winners: 1976
Runners-up: 1900, 1902, 2003
Semi-finalists: 1898, 1908, 1925, 1927, 1963, 1984, 1986

Saints have won four of their 12 home games this season in league and cup.

They have only kept three clean sheets in 23 league and cup matches and have conceded 42 goals.

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
2002/03 - Runners-up
2003/04 - 3rd round
2004/05 - Quarter-final
2005/06 - 5th round
2006/07 - 4th round
2007/08 - 5th round
2008/09 - 3rd round
2009/10 - 5th round
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - 4th round

Manager Nigel Adkins
Days in charge: 846
Played 121
Won 66
Drawn 24
Lost 31


Last six results
Dec 1 Liverpool (a) L 0-1
Dec 8 Reading (h) W 1-0
Dec 22 Sunderland (h) L 0-1
Dec 26 Fulham (a) D 1-1
Dec 29 Stoke (a) D 3-3
Jan 1 Arsenal (h) D 1-1


2012/13 scorers
Lambert 8 (2 pens), Puncheon 4, Rodriguez 4, Ramirez 3, Fonte 2, Lallana 2, Schneiderlin 2, own goals 2, Clyne 1, S Davis 1, Fox 1, Lee 1, Reeves 1, Sharp 1. Total 33

Completed January transfers
Ins Demba Ba (Newcastle, undisclosed)
Outs Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, undisclosed)
Outs Sam Hoskins (Stevenage, loan)

Mike Dean last took charge of a Chelsea match at White Hart Lane, the Blues winning 4-2. He handled our 1-0 FA Cup wins over QPR last season and in 2008.

There are no suspensions.

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Southampton v Chelsea


  • 31
    Artur Boruc
  • 18
    Jack Cork
  • 6
    Jose Fonte Substitution
  • 3
    Maya Yoshida
  • 23
    Luke Shaw
  • 42
    Jason Puncheon Substitution
  • 8
    Steven Davis
  • 4
    Morgan Schneiderlin Substitution
  • 16
    James Ward-Prowse
  • 21
    Guly Do Prado
  • 9
    Jay Rodriguez


  • 19
    Tadanari Lee Substitution
  • 24
    Emmanuel Mayuka
  • 33
    Steve De Ridder Substitution
  • 7
    Rickie Lambert
  • 29
    Ben Reeves
  • 1
    Kelvin Davis
  • 5
    Jos Hooiveld Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Substitution Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 13
    Substitution Victor Moses
  • 29
    Demba Ba


  • 8
    Substitution Frank Lampard
  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 9
    Fernando Torres
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 40
    Henrique Hilario
  • 21
    Substitution Marko Marin


Southampton vs Chelsea Highlights

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After a slow start in which the Blues went behind, two goals from debutant Demba Ba plus strikes from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard maintained our unbeaten run in the FA Cup third round which stretches back to 1999.

It was Ba with a close-range finish who levelled the scores, with Moses putting the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time. The second half was one-sided although Ross Turnbull pulled off a smart double save.

Ivanovic headed his goal soon after the restart and after the impressive Ba had stretched the lead, the Senegalese striker was denied a hat-trick by a good save.

Substitute Lampard from the penalty spot went level with Kerry Dixon as Chelsea's second highest goalscorer, and at the same time joined Bobby Tambling as the club's highest FA Cup scorer. He now has 25 goals in the competition.

Team news
It was instantly clear from the team selection that Rafael Benitiz is taking the FA Cup seriously. Back in came Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Ramires and Ashley Cole who was captain.

Demba Ba made his debut and David Luiz continued in midfield, his compatriot Ramires the one alongside him this time.

Southampton lined up with former Chelsea junior Jack Cork at right-back. Striker Rickie Lambert started on the bench so Jay Rodriguez played up front, with James Ward-Prowse coming in to their midfield for injured Ramirez.

First half
Despite having come up to the Premier League, this Southampton team were still new opposition for Chelsea but historical omens warned against any complacency with the Saints having progressed the four previous occasions we were drawn against each other in the FA Cup.

It took a long time for Chelsea to get into our stride in this third-round tie however. On six minutes Mata won a corner, Southampton cleared their area a couple of times but on the second occasion when the ball fell to David Luiz outside the box, the Brazilian sent his effort up into the dark grey sky. Moses waltzed past Cork in an attack soon after but his delivery came to nothing.

Chelsea had to defend a 14th-minute corner, headed away strongly by Ba at the near post, but the new arrival had been given little chance to show what he could do at the other end. The first 20 minutes had been nothing to write home about.

David Luiz challenges Jose Fonte

On 21 minutes the home side took the lead. There was perhaps not enough pressure on Jason Puncheon in possession but the right-midfielder played a very good diagonal pass and the Blues were in trouble. Jay Rodriguez was in behind Cahill and although Turnbull closed fast, the no. 9 kept his head to score.

Neither keeper had previously been tested but now Chelsea knew we had to improve very quickly.

Hazard drilled a curling shot only just wide on 25 minutes having been supplied by a Ramires pass, and soon after Artur Boruc in the Saints goal did well to get a fist to a Mata corner with Cahill not far away from making contact.

There was a flash of quality from Ba on half an hour when he dribbled out from a tight spot towards goal, but was dispossessed for a corner. On 34 minutes he was in the right place at the right time to put his new side level.

Hazard, who had played mostly on the right, had briefly come over to the left and was found by a precise flick by Moses. The Belgian attacked and picked out Mata in space in the area, and showing technique to drool over, our joint-topscorer in the FA Cup last season, chipped the keeper. There was every chance a defender could have cleared the ball off the line but Ba had the burst to get his leg to it inches out and make sure the ball went in.

Ashley Cole tussles with Jason Puncheon

Now Chelsea went in search of a half-time lead and Boruc in the Saints goal was shaky in dealing with shots from Moses and Azpilicueta.

Hazard was looking capable of causing problems every time he attacked down our left, and it was from that flank our second goal originated seconds before the half-time whistle.

Cole played a precise square ball into the area to Moses and from 15 yards out, the Nigerian gave Boruc no chance as he powered a shot beyond him.

Second half
A Mata corner very nearly fell to Ba in front of goal five minutes after the restart but we only had to wait one more minute to go further ahead. Mata was involved again, bringing the ball in from the left and placing his cross on to the head of Ivanovic for the Serbian to head down and in from six yards out.

The fourth goal, scored on the hour, was a model in patience and good movement. Moses and Ramires switched the play in front of the penalty area with the ball played out to Hazard, this time in space on the right. He hit a low diagonal ball into the box and Ba read it well, scoring with a sharp near-post finish.

Demba Ba celebrates after scoring against Southampton 

Frank Lampard replaced Ivanovic on 64 minutes, with David Luiz dropping into defence. Marin came on for Moses eight minutes later but between those changes it took good goalkeeping at both ends to prevent goals.

Turnbull's was a fine double stop, blocking shots from Davis and De Ridder. Then Moses crossed to the far post and Ba rose high to head down, but Boruc scrambled the ball out from on the line.

Inside the final 10 minutes, Lampard sprayed a superb ball out to Marin in space and the cross from the German was handled. It was a penalty. From the spot Lampard smashed home his milestone goal.

Frank Lampard scores against Southampton

The two headline writers almost combined for a goal in stoppage time. Ba charged towards goal on the right and picked out Lampard on the penalty spot with a pass but the ball slipped from the midfielder's control.

We find out our fourth-round opponents when the draw is made tomorrow (Sunday) at around 3.30pm.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (Lampard 65), Cole (c); Ramires, David Luiz; Hazard, Mata (Oscar 78), Moses (Marin 72); Ba.
Unused subs Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Torres.
Scorers Ba 35, 61, Moses 45+1, Ivanovic 51, Lampard 82 pen.

(4-2-3-1): Boruc; Cork, Fonte (c ) (Hooiveld 63), Yoshida, Shaw; Schneiderlin (De Ridder 54), S Davis; Puncheon (Lee 77), Ward-Prowse, Do Prado; Rodriguez.
Unused subs K Davis, Reeves, Mayuka, Lambert.
Scorer Rodriguez 21.
Booked De Ridder 78, Ward-Prowse 88.

Referee Mike Dean.

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