Full-time - 90'
1 - 1
12:30 +00:00, February 18, 2012
Stamford Bridge, England
Referee: M Atkinson
The pressure increases on Villas-Boas, however; the replay provides another fixture they could do without given the Champions League has restarted. There can be no confidence in him staying at the club without a dramatic turnaround
I must confess I wasn't sure about Hughton despite what he did in getting Newcastle promoted; they had a very good squad. But at Birmingham that isn't the case and he's doing a genuinely good job there
However, for all of the pressure on Chelsea and Villas-Boas, Birmingham were impressive today
There's obvious disapproval at the performance and result from around the ground and within Chelsea's directors' box
Full-time: Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham City
They've done very well today
Davies heads at Cech after Mutch's cross but it's saved well. Birmingham are still trying to win the game
Lampard's shot is straight at the wall. It's a poor effort, really. Three mins of added time to be played
Great chance for Chelsea; they've a free-kick on the edge of the area, in real Lampard-territory
He really could have won the game for Birmingham there; he had plenty of time and space to take the ball further but shot poorly
Redmond wastes a brilliant chance there!
Birmingham are given a free-kick for a push, the danger briefly passes
Corner to Chelsea, as Ivanovic appeals - optimistically - for a penalty after he went down in the area
Davies clears Drogba's cross and Chelsea win the corner
Mata (surprisingly) off, Lampard on
Burke's a more natural winger than Elliott, so perhaps they're going for the win
Burke replaces Elliott
Lampard's about to come on...
Meireles shoots wide, but there was no real danger there
Good pressure by Kalou on Ibanez, wins Chelsea a throw-in
Mutch shoots and gets his effort on target, but Cech dived low to his left to save. Decent effort, though, but no more signs of a goal at the moment
Birmingham have a free-kick...
Stat: Chelsea have completed 381 passes, almost double the amount of Birmingham
They do little with it, however. Birmingham goal-kick
Meireles's shot deflected over! Chelsea are increasing their pressure now, and it's a corner to the home side
Rooney off, Jake Jervis on
Chelsea are benefiting significantly from Drogba's aerial threat. Corner to the home side
Doubts persist over the futures of Torres and Drogba, so Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku could be the long-term solution
He's having a very good season on the wing, and it's obviously improving him as a player. but in the long-term it's hard not to look at Sturridge as a central striker
Doyle collects Sturridge's cross...
Chelsea free-kick, wide on the left, for the foul on Mata
Perhaps harsh on Birmingham but, given the pressure that will relieve and their game plan, it's difficult not to see Chelsea going on to win this
Ivanovic sent a very good cross from the right into the penalty box having found himself in lots of space, and Sturridge headed the cross straight in, past Doyle
Very goo goal by Chelsea; it's a very routine goal
GOAL Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham City!
Mata shoots wide for Chelsea! The chance came from nothing and the Spaniard was on his right foot, but it's the sort of opportunity Chelsea need (and, indeed, the only type they look likely to create at the moment)
Mikel off, Kalou on
Redmond fires over the bar! Decent effort following Birmingham's set piece. Goal-kick to Chelsea
Cahill booked for the challenge
Cahill fouls Rooney. Birmingham free-kick
Kalou's also getting ready to come on...
Well defended there from Luiz, reading Mutch's intention and intercepting his run and the ball
Decent long ball flighted towards Drogba but the striker can't control the ball. Birmingham goal-kick
Chelsea are again having most of the possession, but it's in unthreatening areas
Chelsea have made one change. But will Drogba be enough?
Torres off, Drogba on
A problem they may have is that, even if Lampard is brought on, though he and Meireles may be attacking midfielders, they're not necessarily particularly creative in tight spaces; it may be necessary for Mata to drop deeper and play a more central role, as he has those qualities
It's not simply a case of numbers, however, as Chelsea's front three drop deep, and Luiz steps up, to join them
The crucial battle has been in midfield, so far, where Birmingham's five men have worked very hard to stifle Chelsea's three.
There seems to be no reason why Birmingham would change anything with the game going as it is
Chelsea desperately need a spark from somewhere. It really could be as serious as Villas-Boas needing to save his job; he needs to show some leadership and purpose and turn this game around
Chelsea fans boo their time off at half-time. It has to be said that Birmingham deserve their lead
Half-time: Chelsea 0-1 Birmingham City
One minute of added time to be played, which is about right
Chelsea may have been poor, but Chris Hughton's tactics have been exactly what was needed so far
Chelsea again have the ball at the back which, again, Birmingham are more than happy with
Incidentally, Jose Mourinho's name is now being chanted by Chelsea's fans
Villas-Boas is obviously trying to move on from Lampard's generation but he may well have to rely on them to save his job today
Mikel fires wide there! Connected well with the ball but it's safely wide
Villas-Boas really needs to consider making some changes at half-time. Perhaps replacing Mikel with Lampard, for a start...
Good again from Sturridge! That's the closest they've yet got; good shot from outside the area the flies just past the top corner. He probably had Doyle beaten; close indeed
Good cross from Sturridge, curling the ball in towards Ivanovic but the defender fails to connect with the ball and it's out for a goal-kick
...which it is, but Murphy heads clear. Chelsea are back in possession, however
Torres fouled by Spector. It's another Chelsea free-kick but this one's further out and will have to be crossed in
Decent effort from 17-year-old Redmond, but Cech saves tidily
This initial corner comes to nothing but Meireles crossed in again towards Sturridge, who headed over
Good effort from Luiz, clearing his shot towards the top left corner. Well saved by Doyle, though. Chelsea corner...
Shooting chance for Chelsea from this free-kick
Mutch booked for fouling Luiz
Any potential Birmingham attacks since the goal show how badly Chelsea defended the corner. They're containing Birmingham with ease; Rooney looks isolated an Birmingham don't have many ideas. That goal really shouldn't have been conceded
Too ambitious from Mata. He overhits a cross deep into Birmingham's penalty area, with no one in a position to attack it, and Doyle collects with ease
Villas-Boas currently looks concerned on the touchline. It's understandable...
A run down the right from Sturridge ended with a low cross towards Torres that Davies masterfully intercepted. Frustrating for the Spanish striker who could possibly be on his last real chance today, given Drogba's return
Better from Chelsea!
Chelsea again have the ball but continue to do little with it; Birmingham are clearly happy for them to do so but Chelsea's fans aren't
Mata misses! A great save by Doyle, who touches the penalty onto the post! Chelsea's misery continues
Chelsea have a penalty! Elliott tripped Ramires in the penalty area; an easy decision from the ref, there can be no complaints
"You're getting sacked in the morning..." - chants from Birmingham fans
Chelsea fail to clear the corner and Murphy, with both time and space, finishes well by firing a left-footed shot past Cech
GOAL Chelsea 0-1 Birmingham City! Murphy scores!
Chelsea's fans are now getting frustrated and voicing their negativity at a misplaced pass from Mikel
Chelsea again with the ball at the back. To their credit, Birmingham are working hard in midfield and up front to press them, particularly when the ball's in the middle third
...There may be some nerves surrounding Villas-Boas' future but surely those nerves will grow if it's still 0-0 at half-time
Chelsea again with the ball at the back. They're playing with little pace and even less urgency. It's understandable that they don't want to take any major risks but they're by far the better side and they're at home...
Chelsea have a goal-kick after Spector's through-ball fails to release Rooney
Captain Carr off, Spector on. Curtis Davies will now be Birmingham's captain
Stephen Carr looks in some discomfort and is likely to come off, with Jonathan Spector his probable replacement
Comes to nothing. Chelsea goal-kick
First real threat from Chelsea, just there. To be honest, it was forced by Sturridge and perhaps wasn't on, but he runs with such pace Birmingham's defence looked unsettled. He dribbled across the penalty box but just ran too far and failed to cut the ball back on time. Goal-kick
Chelsea remain patient, meanwhile. They're having the vast majority of possession but Birmingham's packed midfield is holding its shape well and making it difficult for Chelsea to create anything
There was a time, in the 2006/2007 season, under Jose Mourinho, when Mikel was a player of promise but that's certainly no longer the case
...Luiz, Mata, Sturridge, Meireles and Ramires all play with pace and energy, and Mikel seems to slow it all down
Watching Jon Obi Mikel really can be a frustrating experience...
Sturridge makes space with a run down the right but fails to cross properly and Birmingham clear...
Ben Foster, Roger Johnson, Scott Dann, Liam Ridgewell, Sebastien Larsson and Obafemi Martins have all since left.
They actually had a good side - particularly at the back - that didn't quite score enough goals to survive.
Birmingham's side really has changed drastically from the one that was in the Premier League less than a year ago...
Chelsea have started patiently and are currently passing the ball around at the back. They won't want to lose possession cheaply and give a fired-up Birmingham any unnecessary chances
The teams are out on the pitch, kick-off is now imminent
Interestingly, Branislav Ivanovic starts at right back over Jose Bosingwa (Boswinger). Surely that'd have been a better option all season?
Chelsea's front three really is vital for them today; Birmingham have a five-man midfield which is obviously intent on stifling the Premier League side.
Of course, should Chelsea start badly, they've several potential game changers on the bench. Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, Michael Essien and - returning from the African Cup of Nations - Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou could all make appearances.
One-time Liverpool target Pablo Ibanez starts in central defence, and the former Spain international could be crucial under the inevitable pressure that will come Birmingham's way
Birmingham City, meanwhile, have a squad with lots of Premier League experience
And on that note, he's taken few risks in team selection. Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata are a potentially lethal front three, while their only inexperienced starter is Ryan Bertrand, who starts at left back.
The team news is in for what has become a big game in Chelsea's season; defeat today could very possibly spell the end of Andre Villas-Boas' time at the club.
John Mikel Obi