Jan 26, 2014 at 3.30pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
1-0
StokeStoke City
Oscar (27')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Cameron (31'), Wilson (45'), Pieters (82')

Match Analysis: Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City

Sports Mole casts its analytical eye over Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round.

Chelsea reached the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.

The decisive moment came on 26 minutes when Oscar fired a spectacular free kick past the helpless Asmir Begovic.

The home side had two good chances to kill the game off after that, but Oscar and Andre Schurrle both hit the woodwork.

Here, Sports Mole takes a closer look at the action between the teams in West London.

Match statistics

Chelsea
Shots: 19
On target: 5
Possession: 52%
Corners: 7
Fouls: 8

Stoke
Shots: 12
On target: 1
Possession: 48%
Corners: 2
Fouls: 12

Was the result fair?

Chelsea made life difficult for themselves as they struggled to put Stoke to bed, but they were ultimately deserving of their place in the fifth round thanks to a commanding display throughout the 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's performance

Jose Mourinho's side will be happy with their progress in the competition, but they made hard work of it come the final whistle. The Blues looked good going forward as the passing and movement of their attacking players continually caused Stoke problems. Meanwhile, they were solid enough in defence to keep the visitors at bay for much of the match. However, there will be a nagging worry at Stamford Bridge that their goalscoring troubles from earlier in the season are still lying dormant. Their inability to score a second goal allowed Stoke the opportunity to get something from the game. Luckily for the hosts, the Potters did not.

Stoke's performance

The Potters offered very little and were rightly knocked out of the competition. They defended doggedly enough, but they failed to impress in midfield and attack. As the scoreline stayed the same, one would have expected them to push more men forward in search of an equaliser. However, they seemed content to be beaten instead of going down fighting. While manager Mark Hughes is sure to be pleased to be able to start focusing fully on the Premier League, one would have thought that his team could have shown a bit more determination and spirit.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Oscar: Not only did the Brazilian score the winning goal with a dazzling free kick, but he also provided plenty of dynamism for Chelsea moving forward. His flair and panache made sure that Stoke were never able to relax as he linked up well with his teammates in the final third.

Biggest gaffe

Chelsea had a great chance to extend their lead during the second half, but Samuel Eto'o somehow poked the ball wide from close range when it looked easier to score.

Referee performance

Chris Foy turned down a couple of contentious penalty shouts for Chelsea which incensed the home fans, but the official got them both right during what was a solid display.

What next?

Chelsea: The Blues are back in Premier League action on Wednesday when they welcome London rivals West Ham United to Stamford Bridge.

Stoke: The Potters continue their Premier League campaign on Wednesday by making the trip to Sunderland.

Oscar of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Cup Fourth Round between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on January 26, 2014
Read Next:
Result: Oscar goal enough for Chelsea
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account