FA Cup: Chelsea vs Chesterfield 8/1/22 – Full Match Report

Updated: Jan 10

Heavily rotated Chelsea power past non-league Chesterfield in the third round of the FA Cup.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

Although January is often regarded as the most depressing month of the year, it is always brightened up by the sheer excitement of the FA Cup. Each and every year, we saw a draw between some of the biggest clubs in the world against some of England’s smaller, local teams. This season proved no different, as National League leaders Chesterfield made their dream trip to Stamford Bridge as they faced Chelsea, the Champions of Europe.


In a David vs Goliath matchup, The Spireites entered the game 92 places below their opponents. The result of the game was irrelevant for the non-league club, who were happy to make a day of their trip to west London.


Although the two team seems almost worlds apart, they do have previous history and have met seven times prior. Their last fixture together was 72 years ago, which Chelsea won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Chesterfield have actually beaten Chelsea before, albeit back in 1905, the year that the Blues were founded.


As expected, Chelsea’s team sheet was different to the usual with Thomas Tuchel handing out debuts to goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli and academy graduate Lewis Hall.


Mateo Kovačić was named as Blues skipper, with senior players Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku leading the Chelsea line.

First half:

From the opening whistle, it was clear that Chelsea’s whistle wouldn’t be questioned as Timo Werner opened the scoring on the sixth minute. With Hakim Ziyech’s shot initially saved by Scott Loach, with the German in the right place at the right time to tuck home the rebound.

Although he was beaten early on, Loach responded by making it a good reaction save to Ziyech’s effort on the 10th minute. There was also a couple of chances for Romelu Lukaku to get his name on the scoresheet, but the Belgian failed to make his mark early on.


By the 18th minute, the Blues had a second as Callum Hudson-Odoi fired past Loach with a bending effort from outside the penalty area. Two minutes later, Lewis Hall assisted Romelu Lukaku who made in 3-0 to the London club inside 20 minutes.

Although Chelsea’s lead was a comfortable three goals, it could have well and truly been even more given the space that Chesterfield were allowing the Blues in dangerous areas. Most notably, Romelu Lukaku had back-to-back chances on the half hour mark, but couldn’t capitalise to rack up the tally.


On the 39th minute, Scott Loach was equal to Lewis Hall’s effort with Andreas Christensen nodding home the rebound.

The Blues had a four-goal lead at half-time, which as mentioned, could have been even more with the chances that Chelsea had.

Second half:

Thomas Tuchel shuffled his pack at half-time with senior players Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kai Havertz coming on for the Blues. The first half was stacked with entertainment, and the second half looked promising in the first few minutes as Hakim Ziyech brought Scott Loach into action again as he hunted for a fifth.


The Moroccan didn’t stop until he had one of his own, which arrived on the 55th minute from the penalty spot.


Christian Pulisic buckled over Calvin Miller, giving Jarred Gollett no option but to point to the penalty spot. Scott Loach nearly got a hand to Ziyech’s spot kick, with the Chelsea man finally getting the better of him in the game.


From here, the Blues slowly brought down the tempo to a much more mellow pace. Timo Werner and Ross Barkley both remained determined to find a sixth, but didn’t find the target with their efforts.


On the 79th minute, Chesterfield’s day was made as Akwasi Asante converted into an empty net after picking up the rebound to Kabongo Tshimanga’s saved effort.

Although the 6000 in attendance saw their team lose, the goal brought a sweet ending to what was a perfect day out for the visitors.

After the whistle:

In what was a routine victory for Chelsea, the game saw Tuchel provide a rest to the majority of his starting eleven, whilst giving handing out two debuts in the process.


Lewis Hall stood out for the Blues, with the 17-year-old putting in a composed, man of the match shift at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are still competing in every available competition this season, and will learn their opponents for the fourth round in Sunday evening’s draw.

Next up for Chelsea is the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Spurs, where they currently lead 2-0 on aggregate.


Chesterfield will next be in action on January 18th, where they are set to face Maidenhead.


Final score:

Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield.

- Werner (6’).

- Hudson-Odoi (18’).

- Lukaku (20’).

- Christsensen (39’).

- Ziyech (55’ pen).

- Asante (80')


Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-3): Bettinelli; Christensen (59’), Sarr, Hall; Ziyech, Saúl, Kovačić © (45’), Hudson-Odoi (66’); Pulisic (59’), Lukaku (45’), Werner.

- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (45’), Havertz (45’), Baker (59’), Vale (59’), Barkley (66’).


Chesterfield (3-4-3): Loach; Kerr, Gunning (60’), Croll; King (45’), Oyeleke (73’), Weston, Whittle; Kellerman (66’), Tshimanga, Khan (45’).

- Subs: Miller (45’), Mandeville (45’), Grimes (60’), Asante (66’), Maguire (73’).


Referee:

Jarred Gillett.


Attendance:

39,795.


Possession:

Chelsea (80%) vs Chesterfield (20%).


Shots:

Chelsea (24) vs Chesterfield (8).


Shots on target:

Chelsea (11) vs Chesterfield (3).


Corners:

Chelsea (3) vs Chesterfield (1).


Fouls:

Chelsea (5) vs Chesterfield (13).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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