The FA Cup - Third Round
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Chelsea 4-1 Peterborough United

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Highlights: Chelsea 4-1 Peterborough Utd

Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off on his first start since October as the Premier League leaders overcame League One Peterborough in the FA Cup.

The Blues made nine changes for the third-round tie and almost trailed when Asmir Begovic saved Lee Angol's close-range header.

But Antonio Conte's side had 20 shots by half time, with Pedro's curled finish and a drilled Michy Batshuayi effort giving them a cushion, before Willian drove in from 18 yards after the break.

Terry saw red for bringing Angol down as the last man and Tom Nicholls prodded in from six yards for a buoyed Posh, only for Pedro to restore a three-goal advantage from the edge of the box.

Terry's error will draw scrutiny but Chelsea were impressive in responding to defeat at Tottenham, their first in 11 matches in all competitions.

They exuded energy from the off, with players such as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressing in midfield as Chelsea reached round four for the 19th season in a row.

Antonio Conte's side will learn their opponents in Monday's live draw on BBC Two and online from 19:00 GMT. The fourth round tie will take place on the weekend of 28 January, three days before they are scheduled to travel to second-place Liverpool in the Premier League.

Terry's early bath

John Terry is sent off
John Terry had not started for Chelsea since playing in an EFL Cup tie in October

Conte felt Terry was hard done by, claiming the decision was "not right".

But the central defender - who was making his 50th FA Cup start but only his eighth appearance in all competitions this season - clearly impeded the impressive Angol and he has now collected three of Chelsea's last six red cards.

The ex-England captain, 36, instantly put his hands on his head and protested with referee Kevin Friend to no avail.

Before his early bath Terry had completed 100% of his 30 passes, though he only won 20% of his duels, less than defensive partners Gary Cahill (50%) and the fit-again Kurt Zouma (60%).

"John played a really good game," added Conte. "For me, in this season he has shown me great ability."

Zouma part of a good day for Conte

Zouma's return after 11 months out with a knee injury was a positive for Conte, who recalled defender Nathan Ake from loan at Bournemouth on Sunday.

Ake will be available for future cup outings having not turned out in the competition for the Cherries and Chelsea's central defensive options have hence been bolstered without spending a penny yet in the January transfer window.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was outstanding for Chelsea, completing 36 of his 40 passes, notching an assist for the second goal, while he won six of his eight duels

But it was going forward against Peterborough where the seven-time FA Cup winners really shone. They took advantage by exploiting spaces left by the visitors' positivity, none more so than when Batshuayi converted a smart Loftus-Cheek lay-off to clinically end a four versus two situation.

Batshuayi has played just 82 minutes of league football since his £33m summer move. Conte is keen not to let the 23-year-old leave on loan in January and his display underlined why as he proved a constant nuisance for the away defence.

The Belgian had claims for an early penalty and eight shots in all, drawing two good saves from Luke McGee and a fine last-ditch deflection from Gwion Edwards.

Chelsea have not lost in the third round since 1998. They managed 35 shots in all and it never looked like Peterborough would manage to frustrate them.

With Zouma back, Batshuayi firing, squad players in fine form and no added fixture in a replay to worry about, Terry's red will be a mere blot on a good day for Conte.

Man of the match - Pedro

Pedro
On a day of numerous impressive attacking displays, Pedro scored twice and offered the pass for Willian's strike. He has now been involved in more goals this season than in the whole of last term.

'We showed we are a team' - what the managers said

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said: "I am pleased, when you change nine players it is never easy to play a good game and to be a team. Today we showed we were a team. I'm pleased for those who have played less as they have showed me good form.

On the return of Kurt Zouma, Conte added: "I am very happy. It is a first game after a really bad injury and he is fully recovered. He played good. We know he can improve a lot."

Peterborough manager Grant McCann said: "I thought we were excellent. I thought we had two or three really good chances. I couldn't believe Begovic saved from Angol.

"The biggest difference is how clinical they are. It is something we need to work on. I thought the boys were outstanding and in the second half we matched them."

Up next?

Unless the red card is overturned, Terry will miss Chelsea's trip to Premier League champions Leicester next Saturday. Peterborough, ninth in League One, travel to Bury, who are in the bottom four.

Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Begovic
  • 5Zouma
  • 26TerryBooked at 67mins
  • 24CahillSubstituted forAinaat 57'minutes
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 29Chalobah
  • 4FàbregasBooked at 24mins
  • 14Loftus-CheekSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 70'minutes
  • 11Pedro
  • 22WillianSubstituted forKantéat 73'minutes
  • 23Batshuayi

Substitutes

  • 7Kanté
  • 10E Hazard
  • 15Moses
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 34Aina
  • 37Dos Reis Carvalho

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2Smith
  • 4Bostwick
  • 5TafazolliBooked at 33mins
  • 3HughesSubstituted forBinnom-Williamsat 83'minutes
  • 11MaddisonSubstituted forTaylorat 57'minutes
  • 18Da Silva Lopes
  • 8ForresterBooked at 23mins
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forSamuelsenat 58'minutes
  • 21Nichols
  • 9Angol

Substitutes

  • 10Taylor
  • 12Ball
  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 23Chettle
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 36Samuelsen
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
41,003

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamPeterborough
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home35
Away12
Shots on Target
Home13
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 4, Peterborough United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Peterborough United 1.

Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lee Angol (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Jerome Binnom-Williams replaces Andrew Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Forrester with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

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

Foul by Lee Angol (Peterborough United).

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 4, Peterborough United 1. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. N'Golo Kanté replaces Willian.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 3, Peterborough United 1. Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Angol.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

John Terry (Chelsea) is shown the red card.

Foul by John Terry (Chelsea).

Lee Angol (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tafazolli (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Forrester.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Lee Angol (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

Attempt missed. John Terry (Chelsea) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ryan Tafazolli.

Offside, Peterborough United. Andrew Hughes tries a through ball, but Martin Samuelsen is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Martin Samuelsen replaces Gwion Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Paul Taylor replaces Marcus Maddison.

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