Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Petr Cech believes Tuesday night's win at Birmingham is the first step on the road to recovery as we look for progress on three fronts in the coming weeks.

The goalkeeper made one superb first-half save to deny City striker Nikola Zigic before goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles after the break put us into the last eight of the FA Cup for the sixth time in seven seasons.

'Today was the first step, and we managed to make it, and hope to continue improving,' the 29-year-old said afterwards.

'It was tough, we had to fight. They are from the Championship, so they know how to fight for long balls, and they also have experience of the Europa League. It's also historically a tough place for Chelsea to come.

'In the first half, we had the same levels of effort and running, and they made it tough for us.

'The second half opened up when we got the first goal, but it was a shame we couldn't have had more with the missed penalty [from Mata] and some other chances.'

We now face decisive fixtures with Napoli and Stoke City before facing Leicester City at home in the quarter-final on March 18.

For Cech, the task from here onwards is simple. 'We just need to keep playing well, and keep winning,' he said.