We all knew what Birmingham would bring to the game-passion and commitment but the big question was what would Chelsea bring?
They sacked AndreVillas-Boas after the defeat with West Bromwhich Albion at the weekend andreplaced him with former Albion manager DiMatteo. He promptly made 5 changes to the side who lost at the weekend but those with supposed ‘playerpower’ Lampdard, Drogba, and Terry were on the bench. With that in mind Birmingham should have fancied their hand of a cup upset and in the first half there was little to chose between the sides. The best effort on goal came from Birmingham Zigic. His header forcing a smart save from Peter Chech.
The second half was more open and Chelseafinally broke the deadlock- it was a scrappy goal from one Mata. A second would soon follow, nothing Birmingham could have done top prevent Raul Meireles’ rasping shot.
Bad seemed to go for worse as Birmingham’s makeshift left back Guirane N’dawneedless bought Torres down - needless because Torres’s astonishing drop in form was there for all to see. A penalty given, well struck by Matta forcing an even more impressive save from Colin Doyle- a repeat of his heroics from the match at Stamford Bridge. That was the only real high pointfor the Birmingham fans. The team played well enough to hold their heads high and now they can focuson the equally challenging task of getting promoted.