John Mikel Obi and Oscar scored second-half goals for Chelsea to set up an FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Stoke and knock a resurgent Championship side Derby out of the competition.

Mikel headed in the opener from Willian's cross before Oscar sealed a comfortable win with a bending shot.

Ramires then hit the bar while Chris Martin's late strike was the only Derby shot to test goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

The Brazilian was booked for a second-half dive in the penalty area.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho admitted Oscar deserved to get a yellow card for diving in the 3-0 win at Southampton on Wednesday and now faces more questions after Ramires appeared to tumble needlessly in the penalty area.

Third round masters

Chelsea have won their last 16 FA Cup third round ties with the last time they exited at this stage in 1998 against Manchester United.

That apart, it proved an enjoyable afternoon for Mourinho who said pre match he would play his strongest possible team and, despite making six changes from the side who beat Southampton in the Premier League last time out, there could be few complaints about the strength of his selection.

Derby came into the game revitalised under the management of former England boss Steve McClaren, winning 10 of their 15 games under him - including eight victories from their last 10 matches - to lift them into fourth in the Championship.

And despite challenging for Premier League promotion and facing leaders Leicester on Friday, McClaren's strong team selection made his intentions clear in a competition that has seen several managers from the top flight and Championship make a handful of changes.

But, on the back of three straight league wins, Mourinho's men were quick to stamp their control on the proceedings as they dominated possession early on, keen to avoid becoming the latest victim of an FA Cup giant killing act.

For all their dominance, it was the hosts who went closest to taking the lead when Craig Forsyth's low left-wing cross was inches away from the lunging Jamie Ward.

Chelsea, while looking comfortable defensively, were being largely restricted to long-range efforts, with Brazil midfielder Ramires shooting inches wide from 20 yards before his compatriot Oscar curled a free kick just past the post.

The visitors, who lacked real tempo for the large part, almost made the breakthrough in the final seconds of the half as Ramires twisted and turned in the area before seeing a shot deflected onto the post.

McClaren magic

  • Since Steve McClaren was made Derby manager on 30 September, the Rams have won 10 of their 16 games
  • They have risen from mid-table to fourth in the Championship and lead the division's scoring charts with 48 goals in 24 games

Derby's 18-year-old midfielder Will Hughes has been linked with a move to a Premier League club this month but he failed to make much of an impact as a well-organised Rams spent much of the first 45 minutes in their own half.

After the break, Mourinho introduced the attacking talents of Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres, although midfielder Juan Mata was left on the bench, and the deadlock was finally broken as the blues capitalised on one of the many free-kicks they were awarded.

Willian's wicked delivery from the left was flicked in by the head of Mikel for his fourth goal for the club, three of which have come in the FA Cup.

Chelsea made the game safe just four minutes later when Oscar got the ball to feet inside the penalty area and sent a swerving shot beyond goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Torres was then denied by Grant late on and Ramires saw a dipping shot hit the bar, before Martin's low shot was kept out by an otherwise redundant Chelsea goalkeeper Schwarzer.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace Booked (Bennett - 70' )
  • 38 Keane
  • 25 Buxton
  • 19 Hughes Booked
  • 08 Hendrick
  • 09 Martin
  • 10 Ward (Sammon - 69' )
  • 32 Dawkins (Bailey - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Freeman
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 27 Whitbread
  • 30 Bailey
  • 34 Cissé

Chelsea

  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 03 Cole
  • 12 Mikel
  • 24 Cahill
  • 04 David Luiz
  • 07 Ramires Booked
  • 05 Essien (Hazard - 55' )
  • 29 Eto'o (Torres - 64' )
  • 11 Oscar (Baker - 87' )
  • 22 Willian

Substitutes

  • 01 Cech
  • 09 Torres
  • 10 Mata
  • 17 Hazard
  • 26 Terry
  • 33 Kalas
  • 47 Baker
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 32,110

Match Stats

Shots

16 17

On target

4 3

Corners

7 7

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 0, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +3:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 0, Chelsea 2.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Hughes with a cross.

90:00 +3:02

Foul by Lewis Baker (Chelsea).

90:00 +3:02

Conor Sammon (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:00

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Bailey with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +0:37

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ashley Cole.

89:02

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

87:41

Foul by Ashley Cole (Chelsea).

87:41

Mason Bennett (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Lewis Baker replaces Oscar.

86:00

Attempt missed. Mason Bennett (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:25

Attempt blocked. Mason Bennett (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

84:20

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.

84:16

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Sammon.

83:21

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

83:21

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:28

Ashley Cole (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:28

Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

82:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. James Bailey replaces Simon Dawkins.

80:18

Attempt blocked. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

80:02

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Michael Keane.

79:57

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

79:02

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Oscar.

78:29

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Luiz.

78:08

Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ramires.

70:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 0, Chelsea 2. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

69:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Mason Bennett replaces John Eustace.

68:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Jamie Ward.

68:22 Booking

Booking Ramires (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

68:15

Ramires (Chelsea) has gone down, but that's a dive.

67:39

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

67:07

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Will Hughes.

65:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 0, Chelsea 1. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a set piece situation.

64:31

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:31

Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

64:16

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:34

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:34

Foul by Jake Buxton (Derby County).

63:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Fernando Torres replaces Samuel Eto'o.

61:54

David Luiz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:54

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

59:52

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:52

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

59:15 Booking

Booking Will Hughes (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:07

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:07

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

57:56

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

57:20

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

57:20

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Michael Essien.

53:33

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

51:42

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

50:36

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

50:36

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:15

Attempt blocked. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ramires.

47:13

Attempt blocked. Michael Essien (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 0, Chelsea 0.

45:00 +0:45

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jeff Hendrick.

45:00 +0:34

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

42:28

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

42:10

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Oscar.

41:42

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

40:58

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

39:01

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

39:01

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:10

Attempt saved. John Eustace (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

35:34

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

33:43

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

33:41

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

33:23

Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuel Eto'o.

30:42

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

29:59 Booking

Booking John Eustace (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

29:55

Michael Essien (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:55

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

29:20

Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashley Cole.

28:20

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

23:35

Attempt missed. Michael Essien (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian.

20:11

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Martin.

17:55

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

14:28

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:23

Attempt blocked. John Eustace (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:41

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

11:27

Hand ball by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

7:49

Gary Cahill (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:49

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

6:16

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Lee Grant.

4:00

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

2:58

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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