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banner Sunday, 17 February, 2002, 17:55 GMT
Chelsea duo down Preston
Preston's Sean Gregan slides in against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Sean Gregan tries to stop Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Chelsea 3-1 Preston

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen inspired a Chelsea comeback at Stamford Bridge to send Preston crashing out of the FA Cup.

Claudio Ranieri's side were given a real scare when Richard Cresswell headed Preston into an early lead.


Cudicini made a great save. Without that we would be playing again in 10 days
Chelsea's Emmanuel Petit

But Gudjohnsen and Hasselbaink turned the tables on the First Division side with two goals in the space of 10 first-half minutes.

Blues boss Claudio Ranieri had keeper Carlo Cudicini to thank for a brilliant late save from Jon Macken before substitute Mikael Forssell's cool finish killed the game.

  Key Moments
9 mins: Richard Cresswell heads Preston in front.
12 mins: Carlo Cudicini saves from Jon Macken.
16 mins: Eidur Gudjohnsen taps home the equaliser.
26 mins: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink smashes in Gudjohnsen's pass.
31 mins: Tepi Moilanen saves from Frank Lampard.
89 mins: Cudicini again saves from Macken.
90 mins: Mikael Forssell hits Chelsea's third.
Chelsea were forced into major defensive changes, with Mario Stanic coming in at right-back for the suspended Mario Melchiot and Emmanuel Petit serving as an emergency centre-back in the absence of John Terry and William Gallas.

Preston exploited their uncertainty with a wave of early attacks and Macken had a goal ruled out on seven minutes after straying fractionally offside.

Chelsea were again found wanting two minutes later when Graham Alexander swung the ball into the box and slack marking from Celestine Babayaro allowed Cresswell to send a glancing header into the far corner.

It almost went from bad to worse for the Premiership side when Lee Cartwright delivered a pinpoint cross from the right but Cudicini produced a great save to deny Macken.

The miss proved very costly indeed as Hasselbaink and Gudjohnsen turned on the style to put Chelsea back in charge.

Eidur Gudjohnsen equalises for Chelsea
Gudjohnsen taps in Chelsea's equaliser
First Hasselbaink charged down the left to present his strike partner with a simple tap-in at the far post.

Gudjohnsen then returned the favour with a neat one-two which Hasselbaink rounded off with a fierce low shot into the far corner.

And Preston would have been as good as out if goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen had not produced a smart point-blank save to deny Frank Lampard on the half hour.


A lot of my players wouldn't look out of place in the Premiership
Preston manager David Moyes

Preston boss David Moyes threw on David Healy as a third striker as his side chased an equaliser after the break.

The visitors were again grateful to Moilanen for keeping them in the game with a full-length save from Hasselbaink's free-kick.

Chelsea's defensive problems got even worse when Marcel Desailly departed with a hamstring injury.

But Preston failed to take advantage, with Cudicini again denying Macken before Forssell's late strike.


Chelsea: Cudicini, Desailly (Morris 69), Petit, Babayaro, Stanic, Dalla Bona, Lampard, Zola (Keenan 86), Le Saux, Gudjohnsen (Forssell 76), Hasselbaink.

Subs Not Used: de Goey, Jokanovic.

Booked: Hasselbaink, Stanic, Petit.

Goals: Gudjohnsen 16, Hasselbaink 26, Forssell 90.

Preston: Moilanen, Alexander, Gregan, Lucketti, Edwards, Cartwright (Gudjonsson 82), Cresswell, Keane, Anderson (Healy 64), McKenna, Macken.

Subs Not Used: Lucas, Eaton, Skora.

Booked: Cresswell, Gregan.

Goals: Cresswell 9.

Att: 28,133.

Ref: R Styles (Waterlooville).

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"In the end, we deserved to win"
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