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Brentford 2 Chelsea 2

John Terry's return from his lengthy injury spell failed to inspire Chelsea to an FA Cup victory over Brentford at Griffin Park today, as the Bees battled to earn a Stamford Bridge replay.

Chelsea dominated possession in the first ten minutes of the game, not allowing Brentford any time on the ball. Ashley Cole drilled a cross past the goal face early on, but Fernando Torres failed to get on the end of it.

Brentford's first chance of the match came after Ramires squandered possession and allowed them to break quickly, but Marcello Trotta failed to hit his shot cleanly.

Chelsea handed Brentford a golden opportunity after a defensive mix up between John Terry and Ross Turnbull in the 11th minute, the referee awarding a free kick in the box after the stand in goalkeeper collected Terry's back pass.

Harry Forrester fired the free kick over the bar, saving Chelsea's blushes.

Brentford soon had another set piece opportunity via a corner, which Ivanovic managed to clear it after it fell short.

Chelsea slowly began to settle, but Brentford kept their shape well and prevented the blues from really imposing themselves. Marko Marin failed to conjure up anything from the teams first corner of the match.

Clayton Donaldson showed his great turn of pace as he made a scorching run down the left flank, but Ramires managed to shut down the threat.

With thirty minutes gone Brentford were the happier of the two sides, preventing Chelsea from creating anything in front of goal and enjoying a few half chances of their own.

Adam Forshaw unleashed a powerful shot, which thankfully for Turnbull went wide of the post. The Bees squandered another great chance after a poor Gary Cahill pass gifted them possession.

Brentford continued to hold things together at the back, and were soon putting chelsea under pressure again. Forshaw saw his long range effort dealt with comfortably by Turnbull.

The home side took the lead in the 42nd minute, Trotta firing in a lovely shot from a rebound after Frank Lampard was caught in possession by Forshaw. 1-0.

Gary Cahill received a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on the edge of the box as the half wound down. After the resulting Brentford free kick came to nothing, Chelsea failed to conjure up anything on the counter as Oscar was shut down easily enough.

An insipid half of football from Chelsea, surely not another cup upset on the cards?

Rafael Benitez made a solitary change at the half, replacing Marko Marin with Juan Mata.

Chelsea failed to make the most of a couple of free kicks in the final third early on, but Mata's early touches looked encouraging.

Chelsea pulled level in the 54th minute, Ryan Bertrand playing a ball into the box which was met by the head of a Brentford defender. Oscar gathered the ball as it fell from the sky, promptly turning and beating two opponents before firing home a neat shot. 1-1.

Chelsea began to control the match, dictating the tempo and denying Brentford time on the ball but still failing to exert themselves in front of goal.

The Bees began to work their way back into contention slowly but surely, putting pressure on Ross Turnbull from a pair of corners as the game approached the 70th minute mark.

Brentford scorer Trotta was the first to be replaced by manager Uwe Rosler, who brought on Tom Adeyemi in his stead.

Brentford were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute after Turnbull was adjudged to have brought down Adeyemi in the box, picking up a yellow card in the process.

Young Harry Forrester slotted home the spot kick, sending the home supporters into a state of ecstasy as the Bees once again found themselves on top. 2-1.

Chelsea threw themselves forward in a desperate attempt to find an equaliser, but Brentford continued to deny the European champions. Branislav Ivanovic tried to get the better of the keeper with an overhead strike, but came up short.

He soon found himself substituted in the 78th minute, as Rafael Benitez opted to bring on Cesar Azpilicueta. Scott Barron replaced Harry Forrester for Brentford.

Demba Ba replaced Ryan Bertrand in the 81st minute, after the young Englishman made a mess of an opportunity to get a header on target.

Fernando Torres' first shot on target pulled the blues level, as Ba battled to win the ball and play him through on goal. A lovely strike from the Spaniard, 2-2.

Brentford's Adam Forshaw was brought off, being replaced by Sam Saunders.

Lampard had a late effort on goal with a dipping shot in the 86th, but the keeper dealt with it easily enough.

Brentford sat deep as the game headed into extra-time, intent to get across the line and seal up a hard earned Stamford Bridge replay at all costs.

A late handball shout was turned down by the referee in the 3rd minute of extra time, killing off the prospect of a last gasp Chelsea winner via the penalty spot.

Brentford emerged at the final whistle to a chorus of applause, and they will surely be the toast of the Football League after holding Chelsea to a draw in a spirited display.

Chelsea's first half performance was uninspired, severely lacking in every department, and the second half improvement will do little to quell Rafael Benitez' detractors.

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Writer: Lofty 1905 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 27 2013

Time: 2:16PM

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Rafa OUT !!!
Rafa OUT!!!
thanks for the great report, greatly appreciated.
merlin was a close shave..really close...the only thing that looks lika positive for me is that the replay will probably reduce one of hazard's suspension by one...although the whole essence of resting players is somwehat defeated with the replay...and I also think its time to share some things I have observed for some time...1. I honestly dont think up until now Berty has what it takes to replace cole.given that he is already 23years., 2. Marin wont make the cut in BPL....sadly...but what baffles me the most is why we loaned out KDB and kept thats some marin is not a bad player, but physically he will always struggle...KDB on the other hand seem perfect in terms of build and even his football...yet certain people at chelsea foot ball were soo wise to loan KDB and keep marin....i guess thats the chelsea way these days...huh!
Not a problem merlin.
Lofty 1905
The pitch is the worst ever we have played in and rafa had to wait till the 81st minute to bring on the remaining subs. Sighs, if not for the clueless board who loaned out our players without planning ahead, we shouldn't be playing players like oscar, mata and the likes of cole in this game against a r3d tier team. I'll just chalk off today's performance and blame the pitch for it
First this was the kind of result I wanted,I hope the board knows that we need more depth,we could have lost the game if mata hadn't come in,we can't keep relying on him,the board needs to act fast before the end of the transfer window and get more players before the replay at stamford bridge....Oscar was brilliant today
The Psychic Blue l9l
@desmond..fair point...the pitch was unbelievably bad...i cant imagine how they professional footy on that! looks so whacked
The problem with Chelsea is more than just rafa
Anyone heard Rafa's excuses yet? pitch/wind/individual mistakes/anything but Rafa being 5h1te at motivation/selection/formation/man mangement/inspiration/football.
rdm is much better tactically. As a motivator. I miss him. Chelsea felt so good with him around.
Blue India
"Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez confirms no incoming transfers in January transfer window." ROMAN!!!!!!!!!!1
We need to sign a quality player who is a bit like Mata, another striker and we need a quality player for the Pivot.
I will love it if the board can take advantage of the willian situation early this month and bring him in, I'll love to see who wins between both players in the midfield will be sweet and healthy competition for cfc
We can blame the pitch, but we should have been prepared for it, and found a way to have made better use of the flanks. Previous Chelsea management would have done so. The main point is whether Roman and his cronies who claim to be knowledgeable about football and Chelsea still hold the belief that progress has been made since RDM was fired. If they do, they have a duty, not Benitez, to explain how and why. Btw one historical point from the mess today. For probably the first time Chelsea will be playing their 3 W London rivals twice in a season, so far we have yet to win one.
Firstly I would like to say well done to brentford, they are my local club, I live n hounslow and I'm proud they did well today. The money they will make from the replay will set them up for a while. Right then onto my first love, what on earth was that. I couldn't work out who was the league 1 side in the first half. Second half we improved but nothing to be amazed about. Tiredness, lack of any passion or desire, devoid of any ideas. And then to top it off no more players coming in- that's fine, lets finish in top 6 then.
This really talks about our team depth and quality of fringe players...Marin, Bertand and turnbull had the chaces and they couldn't take the oppurtunity....As for bertand, he is a left back and not a midfielder or a winger and shud be played as leftback..i don't see him to be our future leftback by playing him in midfield/wings...We are really lacking in depth and are not even considering benayoun who is back after loan...he is a decent player and can be used as backup....Thankgod Rafa introduced Ba around 80 minues...He is so reluctant to play 2 strikers...Once Ba was introduced, Torres had freedom and he was able to make some impact... I am not defending torres, but to get some thing out of him it may be better we play with another striker.....A far as midfield is considered, we hav only lams and ramiries, we don't have a choice eventhough they are not playing well together...Well with matches coming in every 3 days, tiredness cannot be a excuse, players need to step up...As for Rafa, hope he is not given permamnent job, tat wud be tragedy....
Even if we recalled those who are on loan, would they be given an opportunity.
Prepare for it,how??turn cobham into a potato pitch??
Now in a lighter mood,enough to point out some observations without sounding bitter. Firstly,just like GabeU stated on the match day thread,we need to get another forceful striker and i mean hurriedly. Combining strikers will fetch us goals aplenty. Torres kinda looked like a different player altogether immediately he got a little help upfront. And before some1 jumps on me with the word that the world shouldnt revolve around Torres,Ba will benefit from it to as he will get the supports too as well as seeing more games. And we can play the doubl striker formation without tampering with our band of 3,this is because we can play a single DM who will be getting support from the triumvirate. It wont be and overstatement to say we more or less played like that today with Ramires doing all dirty work for the team this afternon. Secondly,Ryan really has some stepping up to do. Unless that,he is surely not gonna be a Cfc starter. No matter what though,i suggest we keep him,if not for a anything,but a club grown club player. He will always be helpful. Thirdly,Marin either has had his overall football development truncated by injury and too much of sitting on the bench or he was never a Cfc material. I suggest we still give him some more game time,mostly in his preferred LW position...otherwise we cut our loses and wave im gudbuy,and no loan pls. Fourthly, Rafa going by the heartaches he brings to the Cfc faithfuls with his tactical nous or lack of it,is in no position to be talking about staying. As long as he makes us feel we can do a better job even with the thin squd,he is not impressing. Lols....@blue in... said he is a damager,not a manager,tempted to agree. All the same,it will be irrational handing him the sack letter befor summer.
Rotflmao @ken's comment..... It is good to laugh about this, lwkmd
I just read how Chelsea's agreement with brentford is that for the chelsea under 21's to play on there pitch chelsea agreed to sod there pitch. Someone didn't do a good job on it cause that pitch was trash. But still that's no excuse. Look at the bench there was no difference maker. I can't believe there not gonna make anymore signings
At least spurs lost that makes my day
@Laku,seriously?? That cant be,i mean,we really do need some reinforcements,loan recalls,loan ins or outright purchases. We are really down in numbers.
@Chelseaforlife567 I've also been wanting to see Torres in a 2 striker formation for some time. Why not play Ba and Torres together in the replay against Brentford? Funny how back during preseason you could see the team's lack of urgency in their play. This has become our Achilles Heel. Whoever is the next manager really has to address this. Brentford obviously is not better than us, they just wanted it more. Just like Athletico, Corinthians, Juve, and Shaktar wanted it more. Aside from RVP and Rooney, you can't say the other regular starters for United are the absolute best at their positions. But you won't find a squad that's better drilled. Manager? I've never been to Cobham so I can't say I know what goes on there, but reading stories of players with air rifles are not very encouraging. Suspensions and fatigue can take their toll, but our lack of fight is our biggest problem. We have a talented group of players... they are just not the best drilled.
If we don't get new signings, especially in midfield, we will be in trouble....
Wow so rafa has come out and said the club will NOT be bringing in any more players after Demba Ba!!!! Wow just wow. Dan leviene reporting that on twitter
I also just read that rafa confirmed there will be no more signings in this window. I don't know how this team can go on playing every three days. We have no one to replace lamps or ramires. Today's bench was the worst bench I have seen at chelsea in a long time. I mean hell the media isn't even linking us with no one. I just don't know why we loaned so many players. Now we have yossi back on the bench. My god the board are blind
Transfer window 2011: Carlo ancelotti said that we would not be signing anyone after loosing out on pienaar. What happened on the 31st two signings were made. How would rafa know that anyway, those above him make the signings don't they!
Didier Drogba signs for Galatasaray - 18 month deal.
Just came across my from from my Eurosport app that drogba is joining sneijder at galatasary
@Lakupiippu: Are you serious, did Rafa said that?
If there is any truth in what rafa said about no more signings in this transfer window after telling the world in his pre-match conference just 2days ago that the squad needs atleast 2signings to be able to rotate well and challenge on all fronts, then things are really going to get worst. As for today, it would have been better if we had lost cos the reply would just add to the packed fixtures and ensure we continue to play games twice a week for another month since november and jeopardise our top 4chances.
Chelz Akamz
Yes he said that its all over twitter. Also just read it on we ain't got no history. I believe it yeah in 2011 Carlo said the same thing but we were linked with Torres the whole time. We haven't been linked with no one which is odd cause we are always linked with everyone
Drogba back to europe?? Thats a surprise move considering that he is in south africa playing afcon.
Chelz Akamz
I think that is just Chelsea's transfer tactics, if right player is available at a good price we will sign him.>>>Berty: He will NEVER be the first choice in Chelsea's first team. He is too slow (dwells on the ball) in his decision making, he had chances to cross first time but he took too long, he looks around to pass the responsibility to a team mate just like Torres does mostly so if they miss or put a poor cross nobody will say my name.
It still amazes me what is going on at cfc. The squad is clearly having a depth problem and the same players have been playing all the matches this season and they are now showing signs of fatigue and tiredness. Why the hell was piazon loaded out when they knew replacement wont be coming in.
Chelz Akamz
First time Torres scored an important goal for us apart from that one against (Divers) Barca.>>>Piazon was sent on loan because everybody at Chelsea knew (even a dead dog) that he is not going to get MUCH game time here (as other young players at Chelsea) so they shipped him out. IMO it was a good move for Piazon if he had stayed in Brazil he would have been a superstar by now, we stopped his development just like we did to poor Kakuta. They need first team football not RESERVE games or U21 footy. We should buy Vitesse Arnhem and send all our youngsters there to develop properly, lol. Most young players in the country know that it is impossible to break into Chelsea's first team.>>> Josh: He will be sold soon.
I am confident chelsea will make atleast one signing before the window shuts. Its inconceivable not to. Mikel and moses off to afcon, hazard suspended and luiz injured and suddenly we have an empty bench with Ba the only game changer left on the bench. Marin has been poor which means mata cant afford a rest. What can benayoun offer us? Zero. He couldnt even stay fit for four months at west ham.
Chelz Akamz
rafa main tactics is to ruin and destroy chelsea..he is doing his job perfectly...the joker is a spy...he has been funded by manure and liverpool to destroy us...torres is his partner in crime...roman has been fooled this time by this spy...just shoot him roman or he will gonna destroy us....
No signings in January.
if rotation is for ba...then why not for lamps and rami....dont understand they both are not suitable for pivot still they have been played every so happy that chelsea are not gonna buy players for this joker...sack him roman the club would run better without rafa...he is doing nothing...two mistake roman did one buying torres and another appointing joker at chelsea to improve torres... worst decesion of roman...
Missed the game but happy I did after reading various reports. Now the news that we're not getting any more signings? Are you kidding me?? Our squad depth has been suspect for over a year. Now we have less players than ever including injuries in key areas. Either recall Lukaku, De Bruyne AND Josh or get in some depth in CM and ST positions. We are going to struggle to stay top four and as the league slips away more fans will turn on Tubby and the home form will fall further into the mire. For those of you who have been here for a very long time, it's time to knuckle down and support the boys as this is going to be yet another dark chapter in our history.....
For everybody..cheer up..guess what compared to Liverpool and Spurs we had a decent day at the office. My goodness the FA cup strikes again..Yikes!!!
Just been thinking about this in more depth. Assuming JT stays fit then we have 2 solid CBs allowing Ivan to RB and Luiz to DM. Mikel will be back soon giving us cover in the middle too. Plus Ramires and Lamps. Next look to further upfront where we have Moses, Mata, Hazard, Marine, Oscar plus now the ability to throw Torres and Ba upfront together. We do have cover for the next 2-3 month excluding any major injury or suspension, but why haven't we brought back Josh or Kevin? Hell even Lukaku can benefit from playing as part of a rotating three with Torres and Ba. I'm very nervous about our short term future and see dropping out of the top four as a distinct possibility. There'll be no miracle champ league win to back door us into the comp this year....
@Bizarre....yout tots are good but based on the key ''assumption'' that players stay you can see over the past two months...that is a very risky assumption to make...especially as far as football is concerned...instead of taking silly chances, I'll rather we do the needful and bring in one or two players to seal a top 3 finish...thats the path of wisdom for me...
tubby was too slow to react.i'd already screaming for ba introduction when we clearly lack of idea upfront.he should take out too defensive minded bertrand or play him at left back and give cole a rest.he lacking an urgency.take too much time to change the game..
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Whats the diffrence between Rdm and Benitez? Rdm played 2-2 against barcelona at the nou camp with 10 men while benitez plays 2-2 against brentford with 11 men. Mq what tactician!
Credit where credits due. Torres has found his level - scoring against League 1 opposition. Once again Ba makes a huge difference when he comes on.
Chelsea Problems : 1) Torres, 2) Our transition from defence to attack is so slow (tortoise pace), 3) Pivot is sheit, 4) Attacking players don't like defending, 5) We don't close people down as a team, 6) Players have no faith in each other, 7) Players don't show any desire/motivation/hunger, 8) Players have no winning mentality, 9) Players want opposition teams to give them space so they play beautiful football, 10) Chelsea result will be largely on how well Mata plays/one man team, without Mata they look like kittens without their mother, lol, don't know what to do/who to pass to, 11) Chelsea play mostly at a really slow TEMP,
What a weekend.spurs out,poolooser out and we drew with brentford.
Nicely written, you're right that has done nothing to quell this Benitez detractor...out with him ASAP.
This was a disgrace the worst first half I can remember for years get benitez Out shambolic.we didnt seem bothered we looked ordinary I would donate Their wages to great ormand street
B2K420, and yet we are 3rd in the league. Not bad considering we have a manager we hate and have played most of the season with Torres at CF.
It appears Cfc are praying for an early Nigeria Afcon exit. Thats not fair if you ask me.
Rafa must only shoulder the blame for the selection of the team but not for the very week squad we now have...RDM and the board should be blamed for that. I was very happy today to see two things...Ba and Torres linking for the equaliser and seeing Yossi warming up alongside Ba. With Rafa in charge Yossi will most likely spend the rest of the season at Chelsea and we will see two strikers on the pitch more regularly. So the two "legends" played today and their presence did nothing to scare Brenford into submission...because most ppl here seem to think that all Chelsea need to do is show up and have these two gangsters in attendance to ensure victory. New flash !! NOBODY is scared of Chelsea at the moment. They look forward to playing is as they can easily predict our team, subs and tactics. They know Mata is the main threat along with Oscar and at times Hazard. I'm not convinced that we won't sign anyone else for the rest of the window. We will get another squad player for midfield...hopefully a good one like Diame. Mata needs more rest..has the Dutch AM played yet? The decision to get rid of Raul and Essien to ensure playing time for a certain player must seem like insanity to these in charge
@CobhamBlue: You are right but we have not won anything (CWC, Super Cup, Community Shield, Capital One Cup) this season, we are really inconsistent, we are a one half team, we would play first half good then have a shiet 2nd half or vice versa.>>>@had2bg: Diame is most likely to join Arsenal. It looks like we will sign no more players in this window as we don't know who our next manager is going to be, we might sign a midfielder if he will cost us less than 10m.
I know that you don't always get value for money in January, but I think 15m for benat, would be money well spent. Or even moutinho. Maybe even muniain. One of those could make a great difference to our team. Even diame is 3.5m a very good player.
IMO, Benat, Falcao, Cavani, Willian, Isco & Fellaini: We will have to enter an auction in the summer if we want any of these players i.e. their clubs want all top clubs to bid as high as they can and they will sell the players to the highest bidder. That is why we have not signed Benat & Isco yet.
Does anyone realise we have 0 strikers available for Europa League? DEMBA BA is cup tied. Ofcourse we have Torres, but come on, we know how useful Fernando is.
@Fernando.9..recent events clearly shows the owner and the board does not give a s.hit about Europa...they dont care about that one bit in my opinion...and thats fine by 4 finish is all I want.
@layroh - Top 4 is what I want too. But adding a trophy more to the cabinet aint bad. Moreover we could get another shot for the European supercup next August. I really thought we would sign one more striker. We need 1 more reliable striker with Ba after all. A cheaper option like Bony would do fine.
Lamps and Ramires at HM's provide nothing with regard to the role of pivot. Neither has what it takes to play that position well enough for us to succeed. We were horrible transitioning the all from the top of the defensive third tote top of the middle third...just abysmal.
an insult, we clearly need players for two position, DM and another striker, paper and media usually linked us to virtually every player, how come they don't link us anymore? i just hope before transfer windows shuts, we get 2 more people for that 2 position
good point there rockhead, we clearly need new players on DM, or recall those player that we send out on loan, i still don't understand why we send Piazon out on loan, where he can play for us, our squad clearly lack of depth, you can see as per yesterday, having Benayoun on the bench explains everything about our squad depth
Our lack of squad depth cant be overemphasized. Okay,we are not short of numbers in our defense,since Luiz has been moved back going by the most recent games he played. That leaves our DM or the double pivot players inadequate quantitatively. Although we are yet to arrive to a concensus as regards the kinda DM we need. While some think we need a sortta midfield rock or steely player like Diame,others believe a creative deeplying playmaker who is a good joggler and who can control games from the pivot is what we need,a player of Luca or Benat's quality. I am somehow torn in between both opinion,but i would preferr the latter. Some of keep on of players like Willian,i dont really buy that,if we get a Benat,i think such players will reduce the reliance on Mata,giving the opportunity to add a striker. For me,the cheap option for us is Bafitimbi Gomis. With around 8mil pounds,we will get him.
*ooops typo! Some you keep on calling for a player like Willian.
The truth is that our lack of squad depth became too obvious immediately Mike and Moses left for Afcon. I dont think the situation will remain the same once they come back in few weeks time. Luiz too has been absent due to injury,if he gets fully fit,that will be another addition. And if the FA doesnt get further stupid and giving Hazard additional ban,then by this time next week he'll be back. I dont think we will suffer further disaster having all them 4 players back into the team. But atleast a striker (Gomis or Jovetic) ,if they are not Europa cup tied will serve well.
lucky lucky chelsea...made even more enjoyable that Leeds knocked out the spuds...on to the next one :)
The result? That's Benitez = loss, win and draw.
Just blame it on the pitch desmondadonis forget about Old man Lampard playing like a 50 year old and terry and Cahill looking like a couple of seaside Donkeys!
we need at least a DM who can play the holding role too so that we can free up a place in the pivot. Alternatively, we should get a very good holding midfielder like benat. teams are now closing us down very quickly in our half because they've realized that we don't have a good holding MF who is comfortable on the ball and also move the ball quickly enough. Lets at least buy Diame for 3.5m. he is very mobile and can play that DM role well enough on his own.
@max_a, shrugs, what else do u want me to say mate? Keep repeating the obvious over and over again?
Will the real marko Marin please stand up wtf was that on Sunday? Honestly?
@JohnnyOz: He was made to play on the right side by Rafa, he would have done a better job had he played on the left wing?

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