CAHILL: TOUGH TEST

Posted on: Mon 28 Jan 2013

A couple of moments of individual class coupled with the team's determination not to be victims of a cup upset saved the day at Brentford decided Gary Cahill after the game.

The defender acknowledged the League One club had caused Chelsea problems throughout the Sunday lunchtime fourth-round tie. Brentford took the lead twice but Oscar early in the second half and Fernando Torres with time running out found the net with impressive finishes to earn a replay at Stamford Bridge.

'It wasn't a great game for us,' Cahill said.

'We were off the pace in the first half and we looked a bit leggy on what was a difficult pitch.

'We had the sun as well first half, we couldn't see anything down our half and I played half of it with my hand in front of my eyes. So it was difficult circumstances to play Brentford in and credit to them, they worked hard and they put us under pressure.

'We knew what the pitch was going to be like because our Under-21s play here and it was difficult for us to get our passing game going. Brentford made it hard.

'But we have players who can produce that quality and we hoped that would be the case. In the end, apart from the two goals, it was really a case of grafting and digging in for a result which in a way is pleasing we did that when we came back from behind twice.

'Now we have to do the job at home and show good character.'

Cahill and his colleagues appreciate they achieved the very minimum requirement in yesterday's game, and need to move onwards and upwards quickly.

'In the end the goal in the competition is to get to Wembley and we were still in draw,' he said.

'Hopefully we can be in the next round and if we can get to Wembley then days like this will be just a memory.'