English FA Cup

February 19, 2006

Full-time

Chelsea

3 - 1

Colchester United

English FA Cup

16:00 +00:00, February 19, 2006

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: D Gallagher

  • 92'

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  • 92'

    The players take the applause of the crowd before scuttling off up the tunnel for a cup of tea.

  • 92'

    My personal man-of-the-match is Wayne Brown, the Colchester centre-back; he was excellent.

  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: Chelsea's second-half reinforcements edge them in to the quarter-finals. Colchester can be proud of themselves; they played really well.

  • 91'

    Drogba is on his feet now, though he looks far from happy. He scowls and looks moody.

  • 90'

    GOAL! Cole cuts in from the left and curls a great shot in to the top corner to settle the tie.

  • 89'

    Drogba collapses to the turf, holding a limb. Play goes on around him. No-one appears bothered.

  • 88'

    Halford fires a cross in from the right, but Colchester are looking very tired now and no-one has the energy to steal in at the back post.

  • 87'

    DEFLECTION! Cole's shot from the edge of the penalty area is deflected by Brown, but the ball loops in to the hands of a grateful Davidson.

  • 87'

    Chelsea are content just to run the clock down with some meaningless passing in midfield.

  • 87'

    Halford takes a mammoth run-up and blasts the free-kick goalwards, but the Chelsea wall stands firm.

  • 86'

    Colchester win a free-kick in a dangerous spot, 35 yards out. A late chance, perhaps?

  • 85'

    Final five minutes, and the game is rather limping to an inevitable conclusion; Chelsea are still having all the ball and Colchester are chasing shadows at the moment.

  • 84'

    Davidson is still alert; he comes out to the edge of his box to claim a dangerous through-ball aimed at Drogba.

  • 83'

    Brown has been immense at the back for Colchester.

  • 82'

    WOEFUL! Crespo clips a nice low cross in to the penalty area, but SWP's shot at the near post flies high and wide.

  • 82'

    It's still raining. I can't ever imagine it stopping.

  • 81'

    COLCHESTER SUB: Garcia off, Williams on. Garcia has played well today, but was looking tired. Williams saunters on to the pitch to replace him.

  • 80'

    Can Colchester muster an unlikely equaliser? I've no idea. Stay here for the final ten minutes, and we'll find out together.

  • 79'

    Davidson clatters Drogba as the striker chased down Lampard's through-ball.

  • 78'

    GOAL! Colchester's resistence finally snaps. Crespo's shot is well saved by Davidson, but the rebound falls to Cole, who cooly slots home.

  • 76'

    Ferreira tries to gee-up the crowd as he takes a throw-in. His earnest gesticulations impress no-one, however; a sea of Burberry looks back at the Portuguese defender with bemusement.

  • 76'

    Chelsea are pressing hard for the winner, getting a lot of players forward, but the Colchester defence has been superb this evening.

  • 75'

    Iwelumo has very interesting hair; it is arranged in braids (corn rows? Is that what the kids call it?), tight to his head. It looks a bit like an aerial view of the maze at Hampton Court Palace.

  • 74'

    Ferreira's cross is too long for Drogba. Liam Chilvers used to be a youth team player at Arsenal; he's got pedigree.

  • 73'

    Colchester are still able to press; they have a chance to cause a massive upset.

  • 72'

    COLCHESTER SUB: Yeates off, Chilvers on. Some fresh legs for the visitors.

  • 72'

    SWP is put in to space down the right by Essien, but his first touch is a little heavy and Brown throws himself in to the challenge to end the danger.

  • 71'

    CRESPO! SWP pulls a pass back to Crespo, but his side-foot shot from eight yards is saved by Davidson. Chelsea are upping the tempo.

  • 70'

    ALMOST! Cole strikes a beautiful shot from 30 yards, but a late swerve takes the ball an inch wide of the post.

  • 69'

    Iwelumo barges Huth off the ball - that takes some doing. Nothing comes of it, but I thought it a noteworthy moment.

  • 68'

    Lampard and the referee are in discussions about something. That orange whistle makes another appearance. It is a symbol of the official's authority; without it, he's a mere mortal; with it, he is a referee.

  • 67'

    Baldwin comes through the back of Drogba. Oddly, the free-kick decision goes Colchester's way. No-one seems concerned, which leads me to suggest I missed something important.

  • 66'

    Duguid gives the ball away to end a promising Colchester move. Chelsea have a little under half-an-hour to put this tie to bed.

  • 65'

    SAVE! Cole scampers through the middle, takes aim and fires a low shot goalwards. Davidson throws himself at the bobbling ball and paws it around the post.

  • 64'

    Brown is again the Colcehester hero as he puts in a great challenge on Drogba inside the area. Corner.

  • 63'

    CHELSEA SUB: Duff off, Crespo on. A final change from Mourinho. Crespo jogs on to the turf, a magnificent mane of curly hair bobbing up and down on his head.

  • 63'

    Chelsea have had all the ball in the second half, but they've hardly created any decent chances. Davidson hasn't really been 'under the cosh'.

  • 62'

    Chelsea prepare for another substitution; Crespo is beginning the arduous task of stripping off his tracksuit.

  • 61'

    Garcia winces after taking a knee in the back from Huth as they challenged for a header. Huth is some sort of giant; I can imagine him tearing up tree trunks with his bare hands.

  • 60'

    SWP runs at Brown once more, but again the plucky full-back stands firm and snuffs out the danger. He can be proud of himself.

  • 59'

    The Colchester manager is a very animated young man; he is always urging his players onwards and upwards with rousing hand signals. I like him.

  • 58'

    SWP and Lampard aren't singing from the same hymn sheet; they have crossed wires; mixed signals.

  • 58'

    Carvalho is fortunate not to be booked for pulling back Garcia as the two tussled for a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area.

  • 57'

    WIDE! HOW? Duff gets to the by-line and clips a cross to Drogba, but the £24million man contrives to head wide from four yards out. Dreadful.

  • 56'

    Dans breaks in the midfield, but he takes the wrong option and his pass to Iwelumo is easily cut out.

  • 55'

    Lampard's corner from the left is easily cleared. There's not much more to say about it than that.

  • 54'

    There is a rubbish atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge this afternoon; perhaps it's the rain; it makes everyone miserable. I quite like it, though; it feels cold and wet on your skin.

  • 54'

    OVER! Garcia skies a shot over the crossbar after getting on the end of Yeates' cross.

  • 54'

    Johnson can't quite get Duff on his way down the left.

  • 53'

    Chelsea win a corner when SWP's cross to the near post is put behind by Brown. Lampard curls the corner in to the middle, but Essien fouls as he jumps. Free-kick.

  • 52'

    Drogba has pulled his socks up right over his knees; it looks as though he is wearing a pair of white leggings. Leggings used to be fashionable, back in the 1980s.

  • 51'

    Dans is doing a good job of breaking up the play in the Chelsea midfield, but he hasn't been able to get forward as much as he'd like.

  • 50'

    Drogba can't quite control Duff's cross inside the penalty area.

  • 49'

    Chelsea have a spell of possession in midfield, but appear completely devoid of ideas. Lampard gives the ball away with a loose pass.

  • 48'

    SWP beats White with a little jink of his snakey hips, but his cross is dreadful and Colchester clear.

  • 48'

    SHOT! Johnson cuts in from the left; he can't see a passing option, so fires in a low shot. It flies a couple of yards wide of the near post, and hits the advertising hoardings with a satisfactory 'THUD!'

  • 47'

    Ferreira's cross is good, but Baldwin makes a crucial headed clearance; Drogba was waiting behind him.

  • 47'

    Did you know that Colchester is the oldest town in England? It's really old. Probably 1,000 years or more. That was just a guess.

  • 46'

    Chelsea kick off the second half. It's still raining.

  • 45'

    CHELSEA SUBS: Cole and Lampard replace Diarra and Maniche. Attacking changes from Mourinho.

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Colchester are more than holding their own. Chelsea have got a real battle on their hands in the second half; this is going to be no walkover.

  • 44'

    Duff has been almost anonymous; I forgot he was even playing until he popped up on the left wing a moment ago. Then I remembered.

  • 43'

    Huth wrestles Yeates to the ground. Another Colchester free-kick, in a decent position. Watson sends out another signal before curling the ball in to the back post. Drogba is back to head out for another corner.

  • 42'

    Another Colchester corner. Watson bounces the ball a couple of times before clipping the set-piece in to the near post; Diarra heads clear.

  • 41'

    Drogba gets the better of Brown in the centre-circle, though his control then lets him down. £24million for a striker that couldn't trap a bag of sand; go figure.

  • 40'

    A jinking SWP runs ends with another Chelsea corner. Davidson comes through a crowd of players and throws a furious fist at the ball, punching it well clear of danger.

  • 39'

    SHOT! Halford's free-kick beats the wall, and takes a wicked bounce just before Cudicini, but the Italian claims comfortably.

  • 39'

    Garcia is tripped by Diarra as he attempted to waltz his way through the Chelsea defence. Free-kick, 30 yards out, dead-centre. Halford stands over the ball, looking menacing...

  • 38'

    That was Ferreira's first goal for Chelsea. He celebrated very merrily, like a schoolboy might do in the playground.

  • 37'

    GOAL! A corner is met by Carvalho on the penalty spot; his header lands at the feet of Ferreira, who prods home from close range.

  • 36'

    Duff is fouled by Watson, who earns a talking-to from the referee, Dermot Gallagher. He is holding an orage whistle in his hand, and looks a bit like a traffic policeman.

  • 35'

    Drogba might as well not be playing, for all the use he is out there. He's very good at telling his team-mates what they should be doing, though; he does that with zeal and vigour. He'd make a good preacher.

  • 34'

    Ferreira puffs out his cheeks after shanking an attempted cross in to the crowd.

  • 33'

    WIDE! Chelsea don't deal with the set-piece at all well. The ball lands at the feet of Halford, but his shot is wild.

  • 32'

    Yeates wins a free-kick in a dangerous spot when he is hauled to the ground by Maniche.

  • 31'

    Essien and SWP almost combine with a nice one-two, but Brown reads the danger and hacks clear, with all the style and finesse of a builder.

  • 31'

    SHOT! The corner is only half-cleared to Ferreira; he turns inside the box and fires a low shot goalwards, but Davidson makes a comfortable save.

  • 31'

    SWP sprints down the right and wins a Chelsea corner. Duff curls it in...

  • 30'

    Carvalho looks rueful. He's probably thinking to himself: "I wish I hadn't scored that own goal a moment or go. I could have done without that." He's really beating himself up about it. Poor lad.

  • 29'

    If I were a fan of cliches, I'd probably say something like "Game on" right now.

  • 28'

    GOOOOOOAAAAAAL! Garcia sprints down the right channel, fires a low cross in to the middle, and Carvalho, for a reason I can't fathom, doofs it in to his own goal from six yards out.

  • 27'

    Chelsea have a big Champions League game against Barcelona coming up this week; they'll need to play better than this if they're to stand any chance of going through. That is a FACT.

  • 26'

    There is a little bit of anxiety and frustration creeping in to the Stamford Bridge crowd; they are demanding instant gratification, and are not being sated.

  • 25'

    John Terry looks on from the stands; he looks very smart. He is sat next to Eidur Gudjohnsen, who seems to be sending a text message on his mobile phone.

  • 24'

    Johnson clips a cross in from the left, but Halford heads clear.

  • 23'

    Yeates is still muttering to himself, probably replaying his recent shot in his head. "Shoulda, woulda, coulda..."

  • 22'

    Chelsea are getting a bit sloppy with their passing, and handing possession back to Colchester. That's dangerous.

  • 21'

    OFF THE POST! Yeates hits the post from a tight angle. The ball rebounds to safety. Colchester almost took the lead; now that would have been a story, folks.

  • 20'

    Colchester are starting to grow in to the match; they have got a bit of self-belief now. They are getting players forward in attack and giving good support to Iwelumo.

  • 19'

    Yeates fouls Maniche, but Chelsea can't use the free-kick. Mourinho is on his feet, pointing and gesturing to his players. He looks discontented.

  • 18'

    SHOT! Garcia shoots from 35 yards; it goes a couple of yards over the top, but he appears happy with his effort. He smirks to a team-mate.

  • 17'

    CHANCE! A quick throw sends Garcia free; he sprints in to the penalty area, but then rather gets caught in two minds. He opts for a cross-shot and Huth is forced to turn it behind for a corner.

  • 16'

    OUCH! Brown and SWP clash heads. They both yelp a little, like scolded cats, and fall to the ground. But they soon get up again, and pplay goes on.

  • 15'

    Chelsea haven't really got going; Colchester are doing a good job of stopping them playing.

  • 14'

    Mourinho looks very downbeat about something. He tucks his head deep in to his jacket and mumbles something to himself. Probably in Portuguese.

  • 14'

    SHOT! Iwelumo fires a shot on goal, but it flies wide of Cudicini's near post. It's raining very heavily now; most unpleasant.

  • 13'

    SWP is confused and angry when a free-kick decision goes against him. He can't seem to fathom it all out, bless him.

  • 12'

    Diarra has a very strange-shaped head; there seems to be a dent in it, perhaps he had an accident as a child. He's very enthusiastic; running around like a little scamp.

  • 11'

    Colchester win a corner. Watson swings it in from the right, but Essien heads clear.

  • 10'

    A large collection of balloons has congregated behind the Colchester goal. Some young men in hats burst them with big pitch-forks.

  • 9'

    It's raining quite hard now. I hope the players don't catch a cold; that would be terrible.

  • 8'

    Colchester are a tall, strong side and they are causing Chelsea a problem or two on set-pieces.

  • 7'

    Johnson curls a low cross in to the middle from the right-hand side, but Drogba's flick at the near post goes well wide. He smiles though; he's just happy to be playing.

  • 7'

    SWP is fouled by Brown on the touchline. The linesman waves his flag frantically.

  • 6'

    SWP wins the first corner of the match when his attempted cross is deflected behind off Brown. He has seen a lot of the ball in the opening minutes.

  • 6'

    Colchester win a throw, deep in the Chelsea half. Halford trots over; he wipes the ball on his shirt before hurling it in to the crowded penalty area, but Chelsea clear.

  • 5'

    CHANCE! Davidson's clearance is poorly-struck and ends at the feet of SWP. He controls and runs towards goal, fires in a low shot, but Davidson saves with his feet.

  • 5'

    Drogba chases down another Huth pass, but again Davidson is equal to the task.

  • 4'

    I don't think Colchester have touched the ball yet. They play in yellow; it's very bright. Iwelumo has already got mud on his shirt; his mum won't be happy.

  • 3'

    The Chelsea fans are singing a song, but I can't make out the words. It seems quite pleasant and jolly; an uplifting little ditty that has brought a smile to my face.

  • 2'

    Huth hoofs a long ball down the line for SWP to chase, but the pass is too strong and runs through to Davidson. He looks angry; I don't know why.

  • 1'

    The surface looks dreadful. It has large patches of sand on it to soak up the water.

  •  

    Colchester kick off. It's raining, and there is standing water on the pitch.

  •  

    Hello, I'm Alex and I'm going to try and commentate on this FA Cup match - Chelsea v Colchester.