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Sun 05 Jan 2014 14:15 (Attendance: 32,110)


The start of the FA Cup for Chelsea pits us against Championship opposition for the first time this season. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton are ready for the third round to commence…

Sunday's televised 2.15pm kick-off at the former Pride Park - the iPro Stadium since December - is a 33,000 sell-out. Chelsea have a formidable record in this competition to defend and have not lost at this stage for 16 years. The 2007 FA Cup was the last trophy lifted by Jose Mourinho during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, a Drogba goal defeating Manchester United on the new Wembley's debut as a cup final venue.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has described this match as a 'bonus' and the mind-set may have changed following Wednesday's 0-1 home defeat by mid-table Wigan Athletic (a side managed by Uwe Rosler, who steered Brentford to a fourth-round draw against the Blues in last season's competition).

That New Year's Day defeat dented the Rams' genuine promotion aspirations and they slipped to fourth. No doubt the former England coach would rank the league higher in his priorities than a cup competition where success is likely to be more elusive.

Derby have lost all six of their FA Cup encounters with Premier League sides over the last 16 years.

The FA Cup will allow some less regular starters to show Mourinho what they are made of while others put their feet up after an intense four matches over 10 days in the Premier League.

A hat-trick of wins from Chelsea's three games before the third round of this competition was last achieved back in 2005/06 when the Pensioners went on to secure a second consecutive title win under the Portuguese.

Following the highly impressive showing at Southampton Mourinho made a point of thanking his entire squad for their contribution over the festive period. His brilliantly effective double substitution worked, he said, partly because the hard work put in by Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle had fatigued the Saints for Oscar and Willian to run at and exploit space.

Fernando Torres's instinctive opener was the first away league goal by a striker since his brace at Sunderland on 8 December 2012. Oscar's strike was the Blues' 12th in the last five away league trips.

Oscar scores against Southampton

Petr Cech has now matched Peter Bonetti's record 208 clean sheets for the club and our biggest winning margin at Southampton in the league, set in September 1966, was also equalled.

Despite plying their trade one level below, Derby have been in fine form and will present a severe challenge on Sunday. Former Derby player McClaren was for a few months on Harry Redknapp's coaching staff at QPR before accepting the role in the east Midlands in September.

Although he has tasted victory against Chelsea just once in 10 meetings, the Yorkshireman has caused the Londoners problems in the past with his tactical nous, as Mourinho will attest.

In February 2006 the team that would lift the Premier League a few weeks later was humbled 3-0 by McClaren's Middlesbrough. The goalie that day was Mark Schwarzer, a likely starter for the Blues this weekend.

Derby have progressed from the third round of this competition every season but one of the last nine. The anomaly was in 2011 when they lost 1-2 away to Conference side Crawley Town.

The Wigan setback was their first loss since early November, a run of nine games, only their second under the former England manager's tutelage and the first on home soil.

Their recent success has been founded in part on young loan signings such as defender Andre Wisdom from Liverpool, Manchester United's Michael Keane, fellow centre-back Zak Whitbread of Leicester, and wide forward Simon Dawkins of Spurs.

If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 15 January kick-off 7.45pm subject to selection for television coverage.

The draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup takes place on Sunday prior to our tie kicking off, at around 2pm and will be broadcast on ITV 1. For the winner, the next round will take place over the weekend of 25/26 January.

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Even after the impressive 3-0 win at Southampton Jose Mourinho was urging his squad to become more efficient in front of goal: to 'kill' opponents with the first and second chances, not the fifth.

The Chelsea manager's substitutions changed the game as Willian and Oscar were fresh and able to exploit fatigue in the Saints' ranks, but the Blues had created several good goalscoring opportunities long before then.

It seems likely that Demba Ba will start upfront against Derby County as he was the only striker not to figure in the festive season league matches. The Senegalese netted four goals in last season's FA Cup campaign.

Back in early December it had been a switch to 4-4-2 that undid Southampton. It shows the squad's increasing flexibility that the Blues dominated from start to finish with a 4-2-3-1 then a 4-3-3 formation. Mourinho has indicated he will maintain a strong side for this game while resting some players if he considers it necessary ahead of the first free midweek for a long while.

The Southampton win was achieved without the injured Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic, both of whom Mourinho has ruled out until the end of this month. David Luiz is available for selection this weekend having served his one-match ban and may return to the midfield role he executed so well against Liverpool.

Twenty-year-old Czech defender Tomas Kalas was warming up as a replacement when Cesar Azpilicueta was in the wars at St Mary's and may see some action this weekend. Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer may stand in for Petr Cech.

Under Steve McClaren Derby play a passing game with many of their attacks originating from the flanks in a 4-3-3 formation. The former England manager likes to use an inverted winger or two to add directness and shooting opportunities.

Fast, gangly Simon Dawkins is a powerful right-footer who likes to cut inside from the left. The forward was bought from Spurs on yesterday (Friday) having impressed during a loan for the previous three months.

On the right, Scots winger Johnny Russell is more of a dribbler and crosser, but wins lots of fouls.

Jamie Ward is a key playmaker capable of playing anywhere across attacking midfield and one of the Rams' best men on set-plays.

Chris Martin is small for a striker but has good link play, flicks and finishing skills. Tall Irish striker Connor Sammon is one of the names in the Rams' line-up more familiar to Chelsea fans - he has featured three times against the Blues for Wigan (two defeats and a draw).

In the league defeat at home to Wigan they paid the price for dozing off midway through the second half when a corner was taken short. Perhaps that showed that while talented, they are still quite an inexperienced squad.

The Rams are guilty of allowing opponents too many shooting opportunities and are vulnerable defending set-pieces, particularly in the air. Most of their regular back five boast just handful of games against Premier League opposition - loanee Andre Wisdom was the opposition right-back in Chelsea's 1-1 home draw with Liverpool last season.

Hazard and Wisdom

Defensive midfielder John Eustace, 34, might warn his more callow teammates about the dangers of switching off against the Blues having faced us three times since 2000 with Coventry twice and Watford in the 2010 FA Cup. One game ended in a draw but the others were 6-1 and 5-0 thrashings, the latter featuring a clumsy own goal he would not wish to repeat.

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Chelsea and Derby have been drawn against each other on four previous occasions in the FA Cup with honours even in terms of wins and losses.

On 9 January 1988 Chelsea travelled to the Baseball Ground with young manager John Hollins (pictured below left) under immense pressure. Newspapers were already suggesting only victory in the FA Cup could save his job after a disappointing league campaign.

The Blues had not won for 10 games and the most recent victory on the road had come at Manchester City in the little-regarded Simod Cup way back at the end of September. No Chelsea player, not even Kerry Dixon, had hit the net for four games and he was among those icons strongly rumoured to be leaving the following May for a little over a million pounds.

Although they were five places lower in the Division One table than the 11th-placed visitors, Arthur Cox's side were rated 11/10 favourites to progress by bookmakers - they had won the corresponding league game 2-0 six weeks earlier, Gordon Durie missing a penalty that would have opened the scoring.

There were several thousand away fans behind the goal to see their heroes turnout in the all-red change strip used that season. The pitch can best be described as diabolical and this was a game that exploded into life early on. Chelsea winger Kevin McAllister (pictured below right), found by a searching Joe McLaughlin header, beat veteran Peter Shilton after five minutes to register his third Chelsea goal.

Hollins and McAllister

The Rams' David Penney equalised with a sliding finish after the same interval. It stayed poised at 1-1 until straight after the break when Dixon, who was back to his bustling best, pounced on a misjudgement by Mark Wright to sneak in and put the Blues ahead with a low left foot drive that squirmed under Shilton.

With Mickey Hazard dominating midfield Chelsea were good for the advantage, but County still had chances. Then substitute Roy Wegerle made the result secure by hitting his second goal of the season, Hazard intercepting a Derby free kick with his head to set the South African off on a 40-yard run to goal.

Roger Freestone brilliantly saved John Gregory's late penalty kick and the game finished 3-1. However, Chelsea bowed out to Alex Ferguson's Manchester United 0-2 in the fourth round, and Hollins was replaced at the helm by Bobby Campbell a few weeks later.

Chelsea have played six times at Pride Park, all in the Premier League, winning three, drawing two and losing one.

Our last visit there was on 24 November 2007 with Chelsea winning 2-0. The teams that day were:
Derby (4-5-1): Bywater; Griffin, Moore, Davis, McEveley; Fagan (Earnshaw 84), Oakley (c) (Feilhaber 83), Leacock, Jones, Barnes (Howard 74); Miller.
Chelsea (4-3-3); Cudicini; Belleti, Ben-Haim, Terry (c), A Cole; Sidwell (Essien 74), Mikel, Lampard (Pizarro 89); Wright-Phillips, Shevchenko, Kalou.
Scorers: Kalou (17), Wright-Phillips (73). Sent off: Essien (90+2). Crowd: 32,789

Chelsea v Derby in the FA Cup
4th round, 25 January 1947, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea..…...…………….2 Derby County.…………..2
Williams 26 Stamps 20
Lawton 70 Carter 89
Att: 49,484

4th round replay, 29 January 1947, Baseball Ground
Derby County….……….1 Chelsea……………………...0 (after extra time)
Stamps 99
Att: 19,079

3rd round, 10 January 1953, Baseball Ground
Derby County….……….4 Chelsea……………………...4
McLachlan 35 Bentley 58
Parry 44 Parsons 70
Lee 67 Armstrong 76
McClaren 69 McNichol 78
Att: 24,867

3rd round replay, 14 January 1953, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea..…...…………….1 Derby County.…………..0 (after extra time)
Parsons 98
Att: 38,115

4th round, 29 January 1983, Baseball Ground
Derby County….……….2 Chelsea……………………...1
K Wilson 20, 89 Fillery 80
Att: 23,383

3rd round, 9 January 1988, Baseball Ground
Derby County 1-3 Chelsea
Derby Manager Arthur Cox
Peter Shilton, Ross MacLaren, Michael Forsyth, Geraint Williams, Mark Wright, Paul Blades, Nigel Callaghan, David Penny, Philip Gee (Andrew Garner), John Gregory, Brian McCord (Michael Lewis).
Scorer: Penny (10)
Chelsea Manager John Hollins
Roger Freestone, Darren Wood, Tony Dorigo, Steve Clarke, Joe McLaughlin (c), John Bumstead, Kevin McAllister, Mickey Hazard, Kerry Dixon, Gordon Durie (Roy Wegerle 52), Clive Wilson
Scorers: McAllister (5), Dixon (46), Wegerle (72)
Referee: Roger Milford
Attendance: 18,753

Other cup meetings
League Cup
1968/69 (3rd round) Stamford Bridge Drew 0-0
(Replay) Baseball Ground Derby won 3-1

1972/73 (3rd round) Baseball Ground Drew 0-0
(Replay) Stamford Bridge Chelsea won 3-2

Chelsea v Derby in all competitions
Games played 104
Chelsea wins 37
Derby wins 38
Draws 29

Biggest win at Derby for each team
Derby 0-4 Chelsea 07/04/2001 (Premier League)
Derby 5-0 Chelsea 24/04/1920 (Old Division One)

Chelsea played at Pride Park: 2,234
Derby beat a top-flight team in the FA Cup: 5,846
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,151
Liverpool won the league: 8,646

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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, 2013

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Fifth Arsenal
2004/05 Fifth Newcastle
2005/06 Semi-final Liverpool
2006/07 Winners
2007/08 Quarter-final Barnsley
2008/09 Winners
2009/10 Winners
2010/11 Fourth Everton (penalty shoot out)
2011/12 Winners
2012/13 Semi-final Man City

Chelsea last lost a third-round tie in 1998 when Manchester United 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
2013 Southampton (a) W 5-1

Barnsley, in 2008, were the last team outside the Premier League to beat us in the FA Cup.

Frank Lampard is our all-time top scorer in the FA Cup with 26 goals.

Top FA Cup scorers
Lampard 26, Tambling 25, Bentley 21, Osgood 19, Drogba 12, Terry 11, Zola 11, Gudjohnsen 10, Houseman 10

Last six results
Dec 14 Crystal Palace (h) W 2-1
Dec 17 Sunderland (Capital One Cup a) L 1-2 aet
Dec 23 Arsenal (a) D 0-0
Dec 26 Swansea (h) W 1-0
Dec 29 Liverpool (h) W 2-1
Jan 1 Southampton (a) W 3-0

2012/13 scorers (57)
Hazard 10 (1 pen), Oscar 7, Torres 7, Lampard 6 (1 pen), Eto'o 5, Ramires 4, Ba 3, Schurrle 3, own goals 3, Terry 2, Willian 2, Azpilicueta 1, Cahill 1, Ivanovic 1, Mata 1, Mikel 1.

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 11 Jan Hull away 12.45pm
Sun 19 Jan Manchester United home 4.00pm
Wed 29 Jan West Ham home 7.45pm

After equalling Peter Bonetti's 208 clean sheets at Southampton on New Year's Day, Petr Cech now requires one clean sheet for the all-time club record.

If selected, John Mikel Obi will make his 300th appearance for the club and become only the fourth overseas player to reach that milestone. Petr Cech, Didier Drogba and Gianfranco Zola are the others.

Congratulations to Eden Hazard who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Tuesday.

Derby in the FA Cup
Winners: 1946
Runners-up: 1898, 1899, 1903
Semi-finalists: 1896, 1897, 1902, 1904, 1909, 1923, 1933, 1948, 1976

The Rams home defeat to Wigan on New Year's Day was their first in 10 games having won eight and drawn one of their previous nine.

They are the Championship's top scorers with 48 goals, six more than any other club.

Only Doncaster (19), Millwall (20) and Barnsley (23) have conceded more at home in the league than Derby's 18.

They have not lost any of the 14 league games when they opened the scoring (11 wins, three draws).

Last 10 seasons in the FA Cup
Season Round reached Defeated by
2003/04 Third Ipswich
2004/05 Fourth Fulham
2005/06 Fourth Colchester
2006/07 Fifth Plymouth
2007/08 Fourth Preston
2008/09 Fifth Man Utd
2009/10 Fifth Birmingham
2010/11 Third Crawley
2011/12 Fourth Stoke
2012/13 Fourth Blackburn

Manager Steve McClaren
Days in charge: 97
Played 15
Won 10
Drawn 3
Lost 2


Last six results
Dec 7 Blackpool (h) W 5-1
Dec 14 Charlton (a) W 2-0
Dec 21 Doncaster (h) W 3-1
Dec 26 Huddersfield (a) D 1-1
Dec 29 Barnsley (a) W 2-1
Jan 1 Wigan (h) L 0-1

2012/13 scorers (55)
Martin 15 (3 pens), Bryson 11, Ward 7, Russell 5 (1 pen), Hughes 4, Sammon 4, Dawkins 3, Buxton 2, Bennett 1, Jacobs 1, Keogh 1, Whitbread 1.

Championship top six
Pld Gd Pts
1 Leicester 24 +16 51
2 Burnley 24 +18 47
3 QPR 24 +12 46
4 Derby 24 +18 44
5 Nottm Forest 24 +10 40
6 Ipswich 24 +9 36

Andre Marriner referees Chelsea for the third time this season. His previous two were both at Stamford Bridge against Fulham and West Brom.

There are no suspensions.


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Derby County v Chelsea


Derby County

  • 1
    Lee Grant
  • 33
    Andre Wisdom
  • 38
    Michael Keane
  • 25
    Jake Buxton
  • 3
    Craig Forsyth
  • 19
    Will Hughes
  • 14
    John Eustace Substitution
  • 8
    Jeff Hendrick
  • 10
    Jamie Ward Substitution
  • 9
    Chris Martin
  • 32
    Simon Dawkins Substitution


  • 30
    James Bailey Substitution
  • 26
    Adam Legzdins
  • 34
    Kalifa Cisse
  • 27
    Zak Whitbread
  • 17
    Kieron Freeman
  • 20
    Mason Bennett Substitution
  • 18
    Conor Sammon Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 5
    Substitution Michael Essien
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 22
    da Silva Willian
  • 29
    Substitution Samuel Eto'o


  • 33
    Tomas Kalas
  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 9
    Substitution Fernando Torres
  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 47
    Substitution Lewis Baker
  • 26
    John Terry

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John Mikel Obi celebrated his 300th Chelsea appearance with his fourth goal for the club, which was added to by Oscar as the Blues scored twice in the second half to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The game in the East Midlands bore several similarities to our New Year's Day outing at Southampton. Against Derby we had the better chances in the first half without being dominant but with Jose Mourinho having made two second-half substitutions, once we were in front, there was little doubt the game would be won and more goals were always on the cards. Ramires hit woodwork twice in the game.

Next up in this competition is a home all-Premier League tie against Stoke.

Team News
Playing alongside Mikel was Michael Essien who was captain at the start, and behind them, David Luiz returned from suspension to give John Terry a rest and Mark Schwarzer was in goal.

It was the first time all four of our Brazilians started the same game, with Oscar and Willian, so influential when they came on in the second half at Southampton, retained and Ramires pushed forward, allowing Eden Hazard a well-earned afternoon among the subs. Samuel Eto'o led the attack.

Derby had lost two players to injury and their replacements were the only changes to Steve McClaren's side from the one that lost to Wigan midweek. Simon Dawkins came into the attack in place of Johnny Russell and Jeff Hendrick into midfield for Craig Bryson.

First half
There was a fitting atmosphere inside the stadium for the start of the FA Cup campaign for these two clubs, with the 5,500-strong Chelsea support behind one goal more than matching the home fans for noise, and on the pitch the Blues settled the quicker but with little to show for it in terms of pressure other than a couple of advances by Eto'o into the Rams' penalty area.

Derby were the first to work up sustained pressure, and it needed Ashley Cole to cut out a dangerous low cross into our six-yard area on 12 minutes. Soon after Cesar Azpilicueta covered inside to sweep away another attack by the home side and a firmly struck shot from John Eustace from outside the area was blocked by David Luiz.

It took a composed Mikel intervention to set Chelsea attacking again, taking the ball off advancing centre-back Michael Keane and sending Eto'o away down the inside-left channel, but disappointingly the Cameroonian didn't release a shot in time to evade the challenges from two retreating Derby players.

There was a similar and decisive delay a few minutes later when David Luiz gave the ball away to Jamie Ward. The Derby winger's dithering allowed Gary Cahill to move into position to block the effort when it did arrive.

In the minutes prior to that, Chelsea had played our best football of the game so far, keeping the ball and manoeuvring it around the final third with purpose, but it took a foul by Eustace at the cost of a booking to give us the next opportunity to shoot. From the free-kick, Oscar's sweet strike was a whisker away from breaking the deadlock.

Running into space five minutes later, the Brazilian hit a shot on the run from 30 yards that again went very close.

Eustace shot straight at Schwarzer when well-positioned, wasteful for the home side but they were improving again with the half now inside its final 10 minutes. Chelsea's cause in keeping them back was not helped by David Luiz's worsening condition. He had been limping to a degree since an early block tackle.

Derby v Chelsea
Oscar made it three attempts from distance with a shot over the bar and Chelsea finished the first period strongly. Willian crossed too high for the head of Eto'o with Derby stretched at the back and then into stoppage time Ramires hit the post with a low, angled shot, possibly with a slight deflection.

No goals but it had been an engaging cup-tie so far.

Second half
David Luiz began the second-half moving more easily than before the break and Mourinho's men continued on the front foot, but Oscar's pass into the danger zone could have been better after Willian had split the defence with a pass.

Ward struck a good free-kick for Derby after a Mikel foul but it cleared Schwarzer's bar before the first substitution of the game was made. Hazard replaced Essien on 54 minutes with Ramires dropping deeper in midfield. Mikel took over as skipper and was soon making an important contribution, tracking Andre Wisdom's overlapping burst into the box and sliding in to deny the full-back a shot.

One of the best moves of the game, started by a clever David Luiz header and advanced by Willian and Hazard, took the Blues from one end to the other in a flash but Derby had men to block out Cole's shot. It had been the home team playing more on the counter-attack before then.

Torres replaced Eto'o on 63 minutes but it was a less likely source that finally broke the deadlock.

Hazard, doing what he does best, won a free-kick on the left and it was left to Willian to fire a free-kick into the goalmouth. The delivery didn't disappoint and Mikel thumped a header past Lee Grant from five yards out to send the Chelsea fans behind that goal into a frenzy.

Derby v Chelsea

A booking for Ramires for diving rather than a penalty given was the result of a surging run into the area moments later but it didn't take long for the advantage to double.

Oscar finally got his reward for his shooting power all game when he worked space and drilled the ball past Grant from the edge of the box after a Torres lay-off, the keeper's attempt to keep it out a questionable one.

Derby v Chelsea

Torres was twice denied a goal, the first time by defender Forsyth after the striker had already sidestepped the keeper, and then by a save from Grant. Ramires then struck a shot that bounced off the top of the bar with the Blues now rampant.

Schwarzer had little do in the second half but he did make one good save to keep out Chris Martin's 84th-minute shot and substitute Mason Bennett fired just wide. But time was running out fast for the home team who had been well-beaten in the second half.

Derby v Chelsea

There was time before the end however for Mourinho to give 18-year-old midfielder Lewis Baker his debut.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, D Luiz, Cole; Essien (c) (Hazard 55), Mikel; Ramires, Oscar (Baker 87), Willian; Eto'o (Torres 63).
Unused subs Cech, Kalas Terry, Mata.
Scorers Mikel 65, Oscar 71.
Booked Ramires 68

Derby (4-3-3): Grant; Wisdom, Keane, Buxton (c), Forsyth; Hughes, Eustace (Bennett 69), Hendrick; Ward (Sammon 69), Martin, Dawkins (Bailey 82).
Unused subs Legzdins, Whitbread, Cisse, Freeman.
Booked Eustace 29, Hughes 59.

Andre Marriner

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