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iPro Stadium (ATT 32,110) 5th January 2014 - Kick off 14:15 Ref: A Marriner

Derby Derby County vs Chelsea Chelsea

Derby 0


Chelsea 2

J Mikel (66)
Oscar (71)

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This article updates itself. There is no need to refresh this page. Last Updated at 4:11 pm, January 5th 2014

  1. 90

    It's all over and Chelsea have booked an FA Cup fourth-round clash with Stoke thanks to this hard-fought 2-0 victory over Derby. Second-half goals from Mikel and Oscar proved enough to see off the plucky Sky Bet Championship outfit, who can take plenty of positives from this clash as they turn their focus on a promotion push. Stay with us for a full report and reaction.

  2. 90

    Chelsea have no intention of conceding at this late stage as Cole does well to head a cross behind for a Derby corner, which is subsequently cleared.

  3. 90

    There will be three minutes of stoppage time to be played before the final whistle is blown.

  4. 89

    Derby fans want a free kick when Hughes goes down under pressure from Luiz but the referee waves play on.

  5. 88

    Derby have a free kick on the right wing but the delivery comes to nothing.

  6. 87

    Oscar makes way for Lewis Baker as Chelsea make their final change.

  7. 86

    Bennett comes close to pulling a goal back as his low drive from the edge of the box goes narrowly wide.

  8. 85

    The Derby fans sense a new lease of life from their side as a few hopeful crosses get sent into the box.

  9. 84

    Connor Sammon's reverse pass down the left side of the area falls into the path of Martin, who sees his powerful shot saved at the near post by Schwarzer.

  10. 83

    A Derby goal would at least make the closing stages of this clash interesting but there's no sign of this coming at the moment as a long ball over the top is headed back by Cole into the arms of Schwarzer.

  11. 82

    Derby make their final change og the match with Dawkins being replaced by James Bailey.

  12. 81

    The Blues have a corner which Derby are able to clear and prevent sustaining further damage.

  13. 80

    Chelsea have clearly picked up the pace again and Ramires comes agonisingly close when his shot hits the top of the bar.

  14. 79

    Moments later the Spaniard has a chance to redeem himself but his low shot from a tight angle down the right side of the area is well saved by Grant.

  15. 78

    Fernando Torres skips inside the box and then rounds Grant but somehow loses control of the ball and allows the Derby defence to get back and prevent him slotting into an empty net.

  16. 77

    Chelsea have a throw down the right wing which they are in no hurry to take as they look to wind down for the final part of this match.

  17. 76

    Cahill makes a bit of a mess of Wisdom's cross from the right but Azpilicueta is on hand to clear.

  18. 75

    Chelsea may well have just taken their foot off the gas having grabbed that second goal which has surely killed off any Derby hope of earning a replay.

  19. 74

    Derby enjoy a brief spell of possession but are unable to create a chance in the final third.

  20. 73

    Nevertheless the Sky Bet Championship club can be proud of their efforts this afternoon having restricted Chelsea to just two shots on target so far.

  21. 72

    Derby are beginning to look very tired after all their gutsy defensive exertions so far and they may struggle to keep the score down if Chelsea continue to press forward.

  22. 71

    GOAL OSCAR - This tie could well be over now as Oscar's ferocious strike from the right side of the box is too powerful for Grant, who can only parry into the net.

  23. 71

    Derby make a double change with Eustace and Ward being replaced by Conor Sammon and Mason Bennett.

  24. 70

    Ramires is booked for diving inside the area in an attempt to win a penalty against Keane.

  25. 69

    Willian's first delivery into the box is headed behind and his second attempted is cleared in the other direction to safety.

  26. 68

    It's hard to see Derby coming back from this having struggled to trouble Chelsea so far but at the moment they have more defending to do as the visitors win a corner.

  27. 67

    That was Chelsea's first attempt on target - but they will certainly hope to create more chances in an attempt to put this tie to bed.

  28. 66

    GOAL MIKEL - Chelsea finally make the breakthrough as a free kick from Willian on the left wing picks out Mikel, who firmly plants his header into the goal.

  29. 65

    Ramires' fierce shot from just outside the box cannons against Martin as Derby continue to thwart Chelsea.

  30. 64

    Chelsea will be hoping the introduction of Fernando Torres at the expense of Eto'o could inject some new life into their play.

  31. 63

    Derby have battled so hard to frustrate Chelsea so far today but they've been unable to offer much from an attacking point of view.

  32. 62

    One too many passes from Chelsea in their latest attack as Cole fails to get his cross from the left into the box following another promising move.

  33. 61

    Willian hoists the free kick into the box and although Cahill wins the first header, Derby's defenders hack the ball clear.

  34. 60

    Hughes is shown the yellow card after a late challenge on Oscar, who gingerly gets back to his feet.

  35. 59

    The resulting corner comes to nothing as Chelsea comfortably clear.

  36. 58

    Wisdom powers down the right wing and earns his side a corner after Mikel tracks back to make a sliding challenge.

  37. 57

    Derby are able to get their breath back after sustained Chelsea pressure after Dawkins is fouled in their own half.

  38. 56

    Chelsea will need Hazard to provide the creative spark the rest of their players have failed to supply if they're to avoid an unwanted replay.

  39. 55

    Essien is the man to be replaced by Hazard as Chelsea make their first change of the match.

  40. 54

    Ward's deflected effort from outside the area bobbles through harmlessly to Schwarzer.

  41. 53

    The Brazilian star seems to have made a swift recovery although Chelsea are preparing a substitution with Eden Hazard warming up.

  42. 52

    Oscar appears to be struggling after catching an elbow in the face from Hendrick.

  43. 51

    Ward takes the free kick but his curling effort goes over both the wall and bar.

  44. 50

    Derby win a free kick on the right edge of the box after Will Hughes is brought to ground by John Obi Mikel.

  45. 49

    Essien lets fly from distance only for Eustace to get in the way and make a timely block.

  46. 48

    Chelsea stay on the front foot although Willian's looped cross from the left is headed away by Craig Forsyth.

  47. 47

    Essien threads a lovely pass into the box for Oscar, whose low pass across the face of goal is cleared before Eto'o can get on the end of it.

  48. 46

    Derby get this FA Cup third-round tie against Chelsea back under way.

  49. 15:10

    Sky Bet have several half-time price boosts to take advantage of, including 12/1 on Derby to win 1-0, 16/1 on Chelsea to win 3-0, 8/1 on Oscar to score next and 20/1 on Jamie Ward in the same market. It's 66/1 that Chris Martin scores next in a 1-1 draw while Samuel Eto'o to score next in a 2-1 Chelsea win is 40/1. In terms of the match betting, Derby are now 11/2, Chelsea 4/6 and the draw 15/8. Head now to to place your in-running bets.

  50. 45

    The half-time whistle sounds as Derby and Chelsea head into the break still level at 0-0. Join us shortly for the second-half of this FA Cup third-round clash.

  51. 45

    Moments before the break, Ramires cuts inside on the right edge of the box before seeing his low shot hit the outside of the post following a slight deflection off Jeff Hendrick. The resulting corner is then comfortably cleared.

  52. 45

    Willian's cross from the left side of the box is too high for the leaping Essien to get on the end of so Derby survive again.

  53. 44

    Michael Keane gets himself in a good position at the near post to clear Derby's lines after Cesar Azpilicueta sends a dangerous low cross into the box from the right.

  54. 43

    The second corner comes to nothing as Chelsea hack the ball clear.

  55. 42

    Derby earn a corner, which they play short before the subsequent cross is deflected behind by Oscar for another.

  56. 41

    Oscar, seeing a number of Derby bodies between himself and the goal, opts to shoot rather than thread a pass forward but Grant isn't required to make a save as the ball sails over.

  57. 40

    Oscar finds space on the left before seeing his cross end up at the feet of a Derby player.

  58. 39

    Same old story for Chelsea - they once again get close to the Derby box but an attempted ball into the box is cleared.

  59. 38

    Derby try to get forward down the right wing but Ward's cross is blocked and Chelsea regain possession.

  60. 37

    Eustace strides forward through midfield before sending a powerful shot straight at Schwarzer.

  61. 36

    Essien helps on Eto'o's cross from the right but once again Derby clear after packing the area with bodies.

  62. 35

    Chelsea are largely being restricted to shots from distance and this time Oscar's sizzling drive curls wide of the post.

  63. 34

    Willian delivers the corner into the box but Derby have little difficulty in clearing the danger.

  64. 33

    The visitors earn a corner when a cross from the left is put behind by Wisdom.

  65. 32

    Chelsea's passing and moving continues to be quick and urgent but there still lacks a killer cutting edge at the crucial moments.

  66. 31

    Oscar takes the resulting free kick and although his curling effort leaves Grant beaten, the ball whistles just wide of the post.

  67. 30

    Eustace is shown a yellow card after bringing down Essien around 30 yards from goal.

  68. 29

    Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant is relieved to watch Ramires' powerful shot from long range go wide of the mark.

  69. 28

    Back at the other end of the field, Ward gets away from David Luiz but his shot from just inside the area is blocked by Gary Cahill.

  70. 27

    Oscar loops a high cross into the box towards the back post, where Jake Buxton heads clear.

  71. 26

    Chelsea keep probing only for the Derby to defend in numbers and repel the threat.

  72. 25

    Willian tries to skip through the Derby midfield but is unable to get past the battling Eustace, who forces him out wide.

  73. 24

    Derby are back on the front foot, with Ward's cross on the right taking a slight deflection into the arms of Schwarzer.

  74. 23

    Essien also wants to try his luck from distance but ends up dragging his effort well wide of the mark.

  75. 22

    John Obi Mikel sets himself up for a shot just outside the box but there's too many bodies in the way and he has to turn back.

  76. 21

    Eto'o is put clean through on goal but he takes too long inside the box and allows Wisdom to catch up and force him off the ball. The Blues striker really should have done better then.

  77. 20

    It's all Derby at the moment in terms of possession although neither side have managed to create any clear-cut chances yet.

  78. 19

    Simon Dawkins' optimistic volley from the left edge of the box flies high over the bar for a goal kick.

  79. 18

    The home crowd are really up for this clash and the atmosphere they're creating is helping to give their side a genuine lift.

  80. 17

    The Rams advance down the right wing but the cross is hoisted away by Oscar.

  81. 16

    Derby are passing the ball around well in midfield and now it's Chelsea struggling to break out of their own half.

  82. 15

    The hosts are beginning to grow in confidence and continue to apply forward pressure. This time John Eustace blasts a volley from distance only to see it blocked inside the box.

  83. 14

    Ward takes aim from distance but slices a low shot well wide of the target. He feels it took a deflection but the referee Andre Marriner points only for a goal kick.

  84. 13

    Derby launch their first meaningful attack of the match as a dangerous cross from the left towards Ward is just about cut out by Ashley Cole.

  85. 12

    Derby have seen little of the ball and are therefore struggling to showcase just why they are one of the best sides to watch in the Sky Bet Championship.

  86. 11

    Chelsea fans will be encouraged to see their side make such a positive start with plenty of intent to get forward early on.

  87. 10

    Chelsea attack down the right with Ramires but his low cross into the box is cleared by the resilient Derby defence.

  88. 9

    Andre Wisdom uses his strength to force Willian off the ball on the Chelsea left wing.

  89. 8

    Chelsea are dominating possession at the moment, with their fans already cheering every successful pass the team string together.

  90. 7

    The resulting ball into the box comes to nothing as Derby clear their lines.

  91. 6

    Michael Essien drives through midfield before slipping it out wide to Oscar, whose cross towards Eto'o is put behind for a corner.

  92. 5

    A lovely move forward through midfield from Chelsea ends when Samuel Eto'o overhits a pass down the right wing for Ramires, who can't reach the ball before it goes out of play.

  93. 4

    Jamie Ward attacks down the right before whipping in a dangerous cross but Chris Martin's header loops into the air for Mark Schwarzer to take a routine catch.

  94. 3

    Chelsea have never lost a third-round game since the turn of the Millennium - in fact their last defeat at this stage of the season came against Manchester United back in January 1998.

  95. 2

    Earlier today West Ham were made to pay for making so many changes to their side as they were thrashed 5-0 at Nottingham Forest although it's more than fair to say that Chelsea's alterations hardly weakens their chances given the wealth of talent in the squad.

  96. 1

    Chelsea get this tie under way hoping to avoid being the latest victims of an FA Cup shock.

  97. 14:15

    Both sets of players make their way onto the pitch ahead of this FA Cup third-round clash at the iPro Stadium so kick-off is just moments away.

  98. 14:10

    The FA Cup fourth-round draw has just taken place and the winner of this tie will face Stoke at home.

  99. 13:45

    As you can see from the team sheets below, Jose Mourinho has made six changes to his Chelsea side at the iPro Stadium. Mark Schwarzer, David Luiz, Michael Essien, Oscar, Willian and Samuel Eto'o all come in following the 3-0 Premier League win at Southampton, with Petr Cech, John Terry, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Fernando Torres replaced. Steve McClaren's Derby, who have lost just two of the former England manager's 15 games in charge, make two enforced changes following the Sky Bet Championship loss to Wigan, with striker Johnny Russell (fractured cheekbone) and midfielder Craig Bryson (leg) absent and Jeff Hendrick and Simon Dawkins replacing them. Today's referee is Andre Marriner.

  100. Derby: Grant, Wisdom, Keane, Buxton, Forsyth, Hughes, Eustace, Hendrick, Ward, Martin, Simon Dawkins. Subs: Freeman, Sammon, Bennett, Legzdins, Whitbread, Bailey, Cisse.

  101. Chelsea: Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar, Willian, Eto'o. Subs: Cech, Torres, Mata, Hazard, Terry, Kalas, Baker.

  102. 13:15

    If you fancy a flutter on today's clash then where better to head than, who have a number of price boosts to take advantage of. They have pushed out the price on Chelsea to win 2-0 to 7/1 from 13/2 while those who fancy Derby to edge it 2-1 can now get 25/1 rather than the previous offering of 20/1. Oscar to score the first goal is now 8/1 from 7/1 and Derby's Jamie Ward is now available at 12/1 in the same market from 10/1. Sky Bet have also boosted the price on Willian to score first in a 1-0 or 3-0 win for Chelsea to 22/1 while Ramires to net the opener in a 2-1 or 3-1 victory for the visitors is now 33/1. In terms of the match prices, Derby are 13/2 to pull off a cup shock, with Chelsea the clear favourites at 2/5. A draw can be backed at 4/1. So head now to Sky Bet to place your pre-match and in-running bets.

  103. 13:00

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of the FA Cup third-round tie between high-flying Sky Championship outfit Derby and Premier League title challengers Chelsea. If you'd like to share your thoughts before kick-off then email me at


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