Chelsea cruise past Chesterfield in the FA CUP with a 5-1 victory
- Title : Chelsea cruise past Chesterfield in the FA CUP with a 5-1 victory
Chelsea outclassed National League side Chesterfield to cruise into the FA Cup fourth round with an emphatic victory at Stamford Bridge.
In a wonderful atmosphere enhanced by the noisy presence of around 6,000 Spirites fans, the Champions League holders Chelsea routinely went past the National League side Chesterfield with a 5-1 win.
Callum Hudson-Odoi's curled finish doubled Chelsea's advantage before Romelu Lukaku added a third and Andreas Christensen's looping header made it 4-0 before the break.
Hakim Ziyech scored Chelsea's fifth from the spot in the 55th minute after substitute Calvin Miller fouled Christian Pulisic but the big moment - and biggest cheers - came 10 minutes from time when Chesterfield substitute Akwasi Asante turned in a rebound after Marcus Bettinelli saved from Kabongo Tshimanga.
Chelsea manager Tuchel could have been forgiven for resting the vast majority of his main players given that they were facing National League opponents. There were plenty of changes - but this was still a side that demonstrated that he was not taking the FA Cup or Chesterfield lightly.
Lewis Hall was given the chance to impress at left-back while it was also a big day for Lewis Baker when he came on as a second-half substitute. It was his first appearance since 2014 and only his second in the senior side. He has been at Chelsea since he was nine and has been out on loan in recent seasons.
“Ever since I was a kid being at Chelsea this is what I worked towards. To finally get the opportunity, and in front of my family and the amazing fans, it is an incredible feeling. I came through the development system at six to eight and got my first contract at nine and have been progressing to this moment. We had a meeting during the day when Thomas Tuchel announced the team and I was really nervous straight away. I saw my name on the team sheet and I was shaking. It took a few hours to process it,” said Hall after the match.