Chelsea vs Luton Town 24/1/21 – Full Match Report

An inform Tammy Abraham took home the match ball as Frank Lampard’s Chelsea advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.


Pre-game:

Chelsea welcomed Championship side Luton Town to a frosty Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, in what almost seemed a ‘must win’ match for Blues boss Frank Lampard.


The visitors arrived in relatively decent form, picking up 3 wins in their last 6 games. The Hatters lined up in what seemed to be a 5-3-2 formation, with Chelsea fan Harry Cornick leading their attack.


The Blues listed a fairly strong starting 11, which saw academy product Mason Mount captain Chelsea for the first time in his career. Tammy Abraham led the Chelsea line, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic supporting the attack.


First half:

Chelsea’s star-studded line-up saw them get off to a fantastic start, as Tammy Abraham converted the opener just 10 minutes into the game. A quick throw-in caught the away side off guard, which allowed for German attacker Timo Werner to find Abraham, who did well to finish past Sluga.


It was a positive start for Frank Lampard’s men, who had 82% of possession within the opening 15 minutes. The quality of the Premier League side was evident, as Chelsea then doubled their lead on the 17th minute, with Abraham on target once again.


The former youth academy products combined, as Reece James’ cross was converted by the England international, with Abraham’s header looping over the Croatian goalkeeper, who was caught between a rock and a hard place as he misread the cross entirely


Chelsea continued to remain in control of the game, and came close to an all-important third goal. The blue shirts pilled forward with the drive of Christian Pulisic, who looked to square the ball, but for a crucial clearance from Tom Lockyer.


27 minutes into the game, and once again there was another chance for Pulisic to make it a 3-0. The chance was created by Timo Werner, who let the ball run through his legs to find the American, but his effort was driven straight into the midriff of Sluga.


Despite Chelsea’s dominance, Luton found a goal and was suddenly back in the game.


A change in formation for Nathan Jones saw the visitors playing with more freedom, with Jordan Clark converting on the half-volley. The effort on goal was blundered by Arrizabalaga, who’s trouble in between the sticks continues.


After conceding, Chelsea knew they needed a third goal to avoid any possibility of an upset. The Blues came close through both Abraham and Pulisic, but could only go into the break with a 2-1 lead – with Jones’ Luton very much still in the game.


Second half:

Despite Chelsea’s eagerness to score another, the half time break was longer than expected, with Luton’s clock running slightly behind. The much anticipated second half eventually got underway, with Chelsea’s inevitable third almost converted, but for a great save from Sluga to keep the away side in the game.


The pressure from The Blues continued, as Hakim Ziyech played a teasing ball across the face of goal – with Tammy Abraham arriving a second too late to get a touch onto it.


The frustration begun to build as an attack at the other end of the pitch nearly saw Luton find a shock equaliser. There were positive signs from the Championship side, as Potts did brilliantly to get the better of Reece James. The ball was worked across to Cornick, who was denied by a great save from Arrizabalaga.


On the 70th minute Frank Lampard made his first substitution, as Christian Pulisic made way for Callum Hudson-Odoi who nearly caused an instant impact. The winger was picked out by Reece James, but struggled to find a sweet connection with his effort on goal.


However, just four minutes later Chelsea found their third, and it was a hattrick for Tammy Abraham as he converted from point black range. Abraham was picked out by the energetic Hudson-Odoi, who played a big part in what was a great team goal from the home side.


On the 84th minute, the brilliant movement of Timo Werner was spotted by Mateo Kovačić, with the German being fouled to win Chelsea a penalty. It was Werner who stepped up to convert the penalty, but his effort was saved by Sluga, as his frustration in front of goal continues.

After the whistle:

It didn’t matter too much to Frank Lampard how they did it, but a crucial win for Chelsea booked his side a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they will travel to Barnsley next month. It was a positive display for The Blues, who will hope to carry momentum on to Wednesday night where they take on Wolves in the Premier League.


Despite losing the game 3-1, Luton played well in what was a tough ask today at Stamford Bridge. Nathan Jones will be proud of his side, who are in action next Saturday as they travel to Ewood Park.

Final score:

Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town

- (Abraham. 11’, 17’, 74’)

- ( Clark, 30’)


Man of the match:

Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)


Line-ups:

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Mount © (77’), Gilmour; Ziyech (77’), Pulisic (70’), Werner; Abraham (77’).

- Subs: Hudson-Odoi (70’), Havertz (77’), Giroud (77’), Kovačić (84’)


Luton Town: Sluga; Bree (61’), Lockyer, Rea (45’), Bradley ©, Naismith (75’); Tunnicliffe (61’), Dewsbury-Hall, Clark; Cornick (60’), Mpanzu.

- Subs: Potts (45’), Collins (60’), LuaLua (61’), Berry (61’), Moncur (75’).


Referee:

David Coote


Possession:

Chelsea (68%) vs Luton Town (32%)

Shots:

Chelsea (21) vs Luton Town (8)


Shots on target:

Chelsea (7) vs Luton Town (3)


Corners:

Chelsea (7) vs Luton Town (3)


Fouls:

Chelsea (5) vs Luton Town (9)

- (statistics via BBC Sport)


Match highlights:

- (video via The Emirates FA Cup)

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