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Preston   0 - 2   Chelsea

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer, at Deepdale

Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge scored his third goal for Chelsea

Chelsea strolled past Preston North End in impressive fashion to move into the FA Cup fifth round with victory at Deepdale.

Darren Ferguson - in his first home match since taking over as Preston manager - harboured hopes of starting his reign by producing a shock against the FA Cup holders.

But Carlo Ancelotti's side contained too much style and steel for their Championship opponents as the holders demonstrated that they fully intend to keep their hands on the trophy they won against Everton at Wembley last May.

Nicolas Anelka's low drive put Chelsea ahead after 37 minutes and Daniel Sturridge slammed in a second just after the restart to ensure their comfortable passage into the next round.

Preston's big opportunity came and went shortly after Anelka gave Chelsea the lead, and Darren Carter will have nightmares about how he somehow failed to hit the target from point-blank range with keeper Hilario out of position.

The only worry for Chelsea came with a second-half injury to Frank Lampard, while Preston boss Ferguson can now concentrate on his main business of moving Preston up the Championship table.

Ancelotti did not make Ferguson's task any easier by selecting a strong Chelsea team - a sign that they will not relinquish their grip on the trophy easily.

Ferguson was given a warm reception as he made his Deepdale entrance, and Preston almost gave him the perfect start after only seven minutes when keeper Hilario, deputising for the rested Petr Cech, had to be alert to beat Richard Chaplow to Chris Brown's header.

Chelsea's greater quality was stamped all over this tie from a very early stage however, and Preston keeper Andy Lonergan kept his side on level terms when he blocked Yuri Zhirkov's effort after he exchanged passes with Lampard.

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They suffered an early blow when Juliano Belletti limped off to be replaced by Florent Malouda after struggling following an early clash with Chaplow.

And they were only deprived of a lead they deserved by awful refereeing from Mike Dean, who inexplicably failed to play the advantage rule, blowing for a free-kick after Malouda turned the ball into the net from close range.

It was only delaying the inevitable, and Anelka broke the deadlock eight minutes before the interval when he cut inside and scored via the legs of Lonergan, who appeared to be unsighted.

Preston needed to mount an instant response if they were to have any chance of staying in contention - and they should have levelled within seconds. Carter seemed certain to score as the ball dropped loose after Hilario's outstanding save from Brown's header, but he scooped his finish over the top.

And the cost of that miss was emphasised right after half-time as Sturridge hammered home from close range when Lonergan could only block John Terry's free header.

This ended the tie as a contest, and despite Preston never throwing in the towel, Chelsea closed out the victory without ever having to break sweat. The only concern was the sight of Lampard signalling to the bench that he needed to be taken off.

And the Preston fans did themselves great credit on a day of disappointment by warmly applauding the England midfield man as he made his way to the tunnel.

Chelsea could, and should, have added to their lead as Sturridge twice came close and the ever-dangerous Anelka saw his effort well saved by Lonergan. Joe Cole, on for the injured Lampard, almost got in the act, but his shot was off target.


Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins:
"Nicolas is playing some outstanding football. He is a joy to have around the place.

"We put out a strong team to show what we think of the FA Cup. We're the holders and want to retain it.

"We had to defend our box at times but we did that well."

Preston manager Darren Ferguson:
"There are always key moments in games. A minute before half-time we missed a great chance. But I told Darren (Carter) to keep getting in there.

"Then we lost a disappointing goal to a set-piece and that killed the game.

"The fans were brilliant, gave me a great reception. They want to see effort and commitment and we gave them that."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Preston 0-2 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Anelka 37
    • Sturridge 47

    Preston

    • 01 Lonergan
    • 02 Hart yellow card
    • 03 Davidson
    • 05 Mawene
    • 12 St. Ledger
    • 19 Jones
    • 04 Chaplow
    • 07 Sedgwick (Mayor 72)
    • 11 Carter (Parkin 59)
    • 25 Wallace
    • 09 Brown (Mellor 72)

    Substitutes

    • 22 Henderson,
    • 06 Collins,
    • 14 Chilvers,
    • 34 Barton,
    • 35 Mayor,
    • 26 Parkin,
    • 33 Mellor

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeanAtt: 23,119
    PRESTON
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Preston 37%
    • Chelsea 63%

    Attempts on target

    • Preston 6
    • Chelsea 19

    Attempts off target

    • Preston 7
    • Chelsea 13

    Corners

    • Preston 5
    • Chelsea 10

    Fouls

    • Preston 5
    • Chelsea 3
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:21 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:09 Neil Mellor produces a cross, Henrique Hilario makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:43 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Sean St. Ledger. Yuri Zhirkov produces a cross, Shot from 12 yards from Nicolas Anelka. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.
    • Correction - 90:00+1:56 Callum Davidson delivers the ball, Header from close range by Jon Parkin misses to the right of the goal.
    • 90:00+1:56 Callum Davidson produces a cross, Header from close in by Jon Parkin misses to the right of the target.
    • 90:00+1:14 A cross is delivered by Ross Wallace, save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 90:00+0:41 Outswinging corner taken by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Daniel Sturridge.
    • 90:00+0:10 Nicolas Anelka is caught offside. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
    • 88:48 Outswinging corner taken by Ross Wallace from the left by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jon Parkin misses to the right of the target.
    • 88:43 The ball is sent over by Ross Wallace, blocked by Paulo Ferreira.
    • 88:09 Joe Cole has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 86:23 Florent Malouda decides to take a short corner, Joe Cole takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 86:06 Joe Cole takes a shot. Blocked by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 85:16 Joe Cole takes a shot. Daniel Sturridge gets a block in.
    • 84:12 The ball is delivered by Michael Hart, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 83:11 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Michael Hart.
    • 82:53 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 82:15 The offside flag is raised against Ross Wallace. Indirect free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
    • 81:01 Jon Parkin has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 79:46 Centre by Danny Mayor, blocked by Yuri Zhirkov.
    • 79:31 The ball is delivered by Callum Davidson, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 78:56 Centre by Deco, Youl Mawene manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:56 A cross is delivered by Deco.
    • 78:44 Joe Cole produces a cross, clearance by Callum Davidson.
    • 77:59 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 77:09 The ball is swung over by Ross Wallace, Yuri Zhirkov makes a clearance.
    • 76:27 Florent Malouda delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Joe Cole misses to the left of the goal.
    • 75:27 Nicolas Anelka produces a cross, Michael Hart makes a clearance.
    • 74:55 Neil Mellor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 74:28 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 73:03 Unfair challenge on Yuri Zhirkov by Youl Mawene results in a free kick. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:48 Substitution Danny Mayor is brought on as a substitute for Chris Sedgwick.
    • 71:48 Substitution Neil Mellor replaces Chris Brown.
    • 71:35 Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 69:50 Daniel Sturridge produces a cross.
    • 68:19 The ball is swung over by Callum Davidson, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 67:51 Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan.
    • Correction - 67:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Florent Malouda, John Terry takes a shot.
    • 67:07 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Headed effort from deep inside the area by John Terry misses to the right of the goal.
    • 66:47 Michael Ballack takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a fantastic save.
    • 65:54 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Joe Cole coming on for Frank Lampard.
    • 65:40 Daniel Sturridge produces a curled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 65:24 Chris Sedgwick produces a cross, clearance by John Terry.
    • 64:56 Michael Ballack takes a shot. Blocked by Youl Mawene.
    • 63:36 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Chris Brown manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:29 The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Sean St. Ledger takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:15 Callum Davidson produces a cross, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 60:51 Richard Chaplow has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 60:47 The ball is crossed by Michael Hart, Alex manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:54 Substitution Jon Parkin comes on in place of Darren Carter.
    • 56:39 Shot by Michael Ballack. Blocked by Darren Carter.
    • 51:52 Deco challenges Chris Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Ross Wallace from the free kick.
    • 48:43 Corner taken by Ross Wallace, clearance made by John Terry.
    • 48:21 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line to the near post, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.
    • 46:57 The assist for the goal came from John Terry.
    • 46:57 GOAL - Daniel SturridgePreston 0 - 2 Chelsea Daniel Sturridge grabs a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Preston 0-2 Chelsea.
    • 46:20 Centre by Nicolas Anelka, clearance by Callum Davidson. Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, John Terry takes a shot. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:03 The referee calls an end to the first half.
    • 45:00+1:17 A cross is delivered by Chris Sedgwick, clearance made by Alex.
    • 44:11 Callum Davidson crosses the ball. Shot by Ross Wallace. Blocked by John Terry. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ross Wallace, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 43:29 Effort on goal by Paulo Ferreira from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 39:52 Michael Hart delivers the ball, Chris Brown takes a shot. Henrique Hilario makes a save. Darren Carter produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 37:50 Florent Malouda produces a cross, blocked by Michael Hart. Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Header by John Terry. Close range effort by Alex goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 36:18 The assist for the goal came from Michael Ballack.
    • 36:18 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaPreston 0 - 1 Chelsea Nicolas Anelka gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Preston 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 35:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Deco on Richard Chaplow. Callum Davidson takes the free kick.
    • 34:59 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Billy Jones gets a block in.
    • 32:04 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Richard Chaplow gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard, Michael Hart makes a clearance.
    • 30:15 Richard Chaplow concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard takes the free kick. Alex has an effort at goal. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 30:06 Frank Lampard produces a cross, Sean St. Ledger manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:26 Shot from 30 yards by Ross Wallace. Save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 27:00 Ross Wallace sends in a cross, Yuri Zhirkov gets a block in.
    • 26:19 Corner from the right by-line taken by Florent Malouda, save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 25:07 Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Michael Ballack.
    • 24:21 The ball is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.
    • 23:08 Direct free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 23:08 Booking Michael Hart receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 22:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Hart on Florent Malouda.
    • 22:35 The ball is swung over by Callum Davidson, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
    • 21:06 Yuri Zhirkov takes a weak shot and missed to the right of the target.
    • 20:22 Ross Wallace produces a cross, Callum Davidson takes a shot. Henrique Hilario makes a save.
    • 18:52 Indirect free kick taken by Alex.
    • 18:52 Substitution Juliano Belletti goes off and Florent Malouda comes on.
    • 18:52 The offside flag is raised against Chris Brown.
    • 18:39 Shot by Frank Lampard. Save made by Andy Lonergan.
    • 17:50 Nicolas Anelka has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
    • 16:22 Paulo Ferreira delivers the ball, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.
    • 14:34 Yuri Zhirkov produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 12 yards. Andy Lonergan makes a save. Deco takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Billy Jones.
    • 14:00 Yuri Zhirkov sends in a cross, clearance by Youl Mawene.
    • 13:46 The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge, Youl Mawene makes a clearance.
    • 12:25 The ball is crossed by Paulo Ferreira.
    • 11:59 Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross, clearance by Sean St. Ledger.
    • 11:20 Yuri Zhirkov delivers the ball, Sean St. Ledger makes a clearance.
    • 9:41 The ball is sent over by Nicolas Anelka, Darren Carter makes a clearance.
    • 8:01 The ball is delivered by Darren Carter, save made by Henrique Hilario.
    • 7:30 Chris Sedgwick delivers the ball, Chris Brown takes a shot. Henrique Hilario makes a save.
    • 7:16 Yuri Zhirkov challenges Ross Wallace unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ross Wallace.
    • 6:44 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard played to the near post, clearance made by Chris Sedgwick.
    • 6:38 The ball is sent over by Deco, clearance made by Billy Jones.
    • 6:27 Yuri Zhirkov crosses the ball, Michael Hart gets a block in.
    • 5:16 Callum Davidson produces a cross, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 5:00 Drilled right-footed shot by Alex. Andy Lonergan makes a save.
    • 4:36 Deco takes a shot. Blocked by Darren Carter.
    • 2:18 Darren Carter challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 1:59 Ross Wallace produces a cross, save by Henrique Hilario.
    • 0:49 Centre by Callum Davidson, blocked by Michael Ballack.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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    FA Cup fourth round
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