COLE ANTICIPATES TOUGH TIE
Ashley Cole has played 22 FA Cup games in his Chelsea career so far. He has yet to be on the losing side in normal play.
The Blues lifted the trophy in the left-back's first season at the club and he did not play when we suffered a shock at Barnsley while defending it the following season.
The years 2009 and 2010 were both ones when we won the competition, as was last year. So 2011 bore the only disappointment with Cole in the team.The score was Chelsea 1 Everton 1 at the end of extra time in a fifth-round replay. Our opponents went through after a penalty shoot-out.
When a player has such a record of success, which will be challenged again on Sunday at Brentford when two west London sides meet in a fourth-round tie, it begs the question does it become a matter of personal pride not to taste defeat in the FA Cup?
Cole, the competition's most successful participant ever, considers the suggestion.
'I have not really thought about how many games I have won,' he says, 'but of course you think about how many trophies you have won, and when you go to the final it is a great day out. But it is not just me, Chelsea as a club seems to enjoy the FA Cup as well, we always seem to do well in the competition but Brentford on Sunday is a tricky game.
'They are going to be really up for it,' he warns. 'They will put some tackles in and we know it is going to be a tough game, but if we can dominate with some of the great players we have then hopefully we are going to win the game.'
The FA Cup has always been held in high esteem at Chelsea, and it certainly hasn't taken on less significance following our exit from the Capital One Cup this week. Cole emphasises the squad's determination to achieve success this season.
'It is all big games now and this is what we are here for, to win trophies. If we can win every game this season, which is not impossible, we know at the end of the season we are going to be rewarded.'