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The BBC's Steve Wilson
"Chelsea weren't at their best - they didn't need to be"
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Wednesday, 19 January, 2000, 23:35 GMT
Blues eventually make it count

Wise Dennis Wise seals the win on 86 minutes


Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Chelsea booked themselves a fifth round FA Cup clash against Leicester, thanks to goals from Frank Leboeuf and captain Dennis Wise.

Leboeuf headed in after a superb 57th-minute free kick from Gianfranco Zola, while Wise wrapped up proceedings just before time.


chelsea Chelsea stepped up their performance after a drab first-half
A dull first half took 28 minutes before suddenly bursting into life.

In a two minute spell Zola was denied by an acrobatic clearance, before robbing Petrescu of a certain goal by tapping the Romanian's effort in while offside.

Chelsea's first-half tactics were undoubtedly misplaced. The home side kept sending a high ball into the box aimed at Zola, but against the towering figure of Beasant there was no contest.

Zola was denied again after 53 minutes when he had a clear sight of goal from 15 yards but delayed long enough for Forest defender Jon Hjelde to deflect his effort behind for a corner.

Thankfully he came good just four minutes later, however, when Chelsea won a free kick for a handball on the left flank.

Zola whipped the ball in with pace and Leboeuf sent it flying into the far corner of the net for his fourth of the season.

The goal relaxed Chelsea slightly and they increased their pressure.

Forest never looked like retaliating and four minutes from time Chelsea sealed the win.

Substitute Jody Morris - who replaced Didier Deschamps after 69 minutes - beat two defenders on a surging run into the box before chipping the ball into the middle for Wise to head home his sixth of the season.

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