Chelsea vs Brentford Player Ratings

Chelsea progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup after they dispatched a spirited Brentford side 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard timing his tackle to perfection

By FOX SPORTS Staff

The Blues failed to breach Brentford's resolute defence in the first half despite several decent opportunities, the best of which fell to Frank Lampard, and both teams went into the break deservedly level.

However, Chelsea started the second half brightly and they duly took the lead in the 54th minute when Juan Mata fired an accurate low drive from just outside the box which nestled into the bottom corner of the net.

Oscar soon doubled his side's advantage with a cheeky backheeled goal in the 68th minute, before Lampard made up for all his previous misses with a typical predatory goal in the 71st minute.

Terry then put the icing on the cake for his side with a determined header from Oscar's cross in the 81st minute.

FOX Sports rates the players from the game.

Chelsea

Petr Cech - 7

Cech was hardly troubled in goal and he did what he had to do with little fuss. He commanded his penalty box well and came out to claim several crosses launched into his box.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7.5

Ivanovic was a stable presence in defence and showed great ambition to drive forward whenever he had the chance to do so. He was duly rewarded with an assist after his low cross from the right was brilliantly turned in by Oscar.

Gary Cahill - 7.5

Cahill barely allowed the likes of Trotta and Donaldson a sniff at goal as he imposed himself in defence alongside Terry. The England international snapped into the tackles with relish and effectively built up play from the back with his accurate passing.

John Terry - 7.5

Terry was his usual imperious self in defence as Brentford's attack simply failed to get past the veteran defender. The 32-year-old was nearly unbeatable in the air and read the game very well to make a few crucial interceptions. And Terry capped off his wonderful performance with a well taken goal as he jumped highest to head home Oscar's cross at the far post.

Ashley Cole - 7.5

Cole was not unduly troubled down his flank and he made full use of the space afforded to him to bomb forward and offered his side a valuable outlet of attack down the left.

David Luiz - 7

Despite being deployed in a relatively unfamiliar role as a defensive midfielder, Luiz did very well to adapt and shielded his side's defence capably. The Brazilian seemed to relish the added freedom his role entailed, pushing forward regularly and providing an added presence in the box. He however picked up an unnecessary booking for blocking off Reeves with a cynical challenge.

Frank Lampard (81' off) - 7.5

It was an uncharacteristically profligate display by Lampard, who had one of his poorer games for Chelsea in a long while. The England international had no less than three great chances to put his side in front during the first half but he made a hash of the opportunities presented to him. However, there was no denying the 34-year-old as he finally found the back of the net when he timed his run in the box to perfection to tap in Mata's cross for his 199th Chelsea goal.

Oscar - 8.5

The Brazilian midfielder was one of the best players on the pitch and was unsurprisingly involved in two of his side's goals. First, Oscar showed great ingenuity to backheel Ivanovic's cross into the back of the net, then set up Terry to score his side's fourth goal with a delightful dipping cross to the far post.

Juan Mata (75' off) - 8.5

Mata was not at his influential best for Chelsea and failed to dictate play like he usually did for the Blues. However, it is the mark of a great player to be able to make the difference even when having an off-day. And that is exactly what Mata did, as the Spaniard finally broke Brentford's fierce resistance with a fantastic low drive from just outside the penalty box to open the scoring. Mata then sparked to life again in the 71st minute as he broke down the left and set up Lampard to score Chelsea's third goal with a fantastic low cross.

Victor Moses (65' off) - 5

Moses has divided opinions since his move from Wigan last year. Some have labelled him as a potential match-winner, others have crudely called him as a waste of space. Unfortunately for Chelsea, it was the latter depiction which best described Moses' performance against Brentford. He hardly managed to make an impact against Bidwell and was largely subdued throughout the game.

Demba Ba - 6

Ba did his chances of establishing himself as the chief Chelsea striker no favours with a near anonymous display up front. He did manage to win a few headers but was otherwise ineffective as a target man and lost possession in advanced positions too easily.

Substitutes

Eden Hazard (65' on) - 7

Hazard made an immediate impact when he came on, winning possession in midfield and feeding Ivanovic on the right, whose low cross was eventually turned in by Oscar. Apart from that, Hazard used his pace to threaten Brentford's defence and almost got himself an assist with a good through ball for Benayoun late in the game.

Yossi Benayoun (75' on) - 6.5

Benayoun showed some good touches in the short time he was on the pitch but he will have to do a lot more if he wants to convince Benitez that he deserves to feature on a more regular basis.

Ryan Bertrand (81' on) - N/A

Brentford

Simon Moore - 6.5

Moore was kept busy in goal and made several good saves to deny Chelsea from scoring for the first-half. He was however unable to keep out the Blues for long as Benitez' men ran rampant and he will have no right to be happy with his defenders for offering little protection.

Shaleum Logan - 7

Logan was given a stern test by Oscar and was unable to venture forward and support his side's attack as much as he would possibly like. He was however, stable defensively and did not often get caught out of position.

Harlee Dean - 4.5

It was a tale of two halves for Dean. Superb in the first, Dean completely crumbled in the second and made several crucial mistakes in defence, losing possession in dangerous areas of the pitch and mistiming a few tackles.

Tony Craig - 5

Craig was troubled by Chelsea's wing play and he allowed the likes of Cole and Mata too much time and space to cut in and cross on several occasions.

Jake Bidwell - 5.5

Bidwell did very well to contain Moses on his flank but often failed to pick up on Ivanovic's overlapping runs and allowed the Serbian international too much time and space to cross the ball.

Jonathan Douglas - 6

Douglas showed great bravery to throw his body on the line to block several Chelsea shots but his lack of pace was telling as the speedier Chelsea players beat him too easily on several occasions.

Adam Forshaw (78' off) - 7

Forshaw was Brentford's most dangerous player on the night and worried Chelsea's defence throughout the game. Direct, positive and brave, the 21-year-old tested Cech with a few decent shots from range, created numerous goalscoring chances for his teammates and kept possession very well in an advanced area of the pitch.

Toumani Diagouraga (73' off) - 6.5

Diagouraga was influential in the first half but his influence waned severely in the second although that was largely due to Chelsea controlling majority of the possession. He was so starved off the ball in the second half that he often had to drop very deep in order to get involved in the game.

Tom Adeyemi - 6

Adeyemi worked his socks off for the team and although he did not really manage to impress much offensively, he helped his team out immensely defensively and helped to close down Chelsea's midfielders whenever they had the ball.

Clayton Donaldson - 7

Donaldson was one of the few Brentford players to come out with any credit in the game. Energetic and hardworking, Donaldson put himself about and offered a direct, physical outlet of attack up front.

Marcello Trotta (57' off) - 4.5

Trotta managed to put the ball in the net for Brentford with a neat finish, but his goal was controversially ruled out after the referee pulled play back for an earlier infringement. Apart from that, Trotta was poor in attack and failed to provide enough of a test for both Cahill and Terry.

Substitutes

Harry Forrester (57' on) - 7

Forrester came on and provided much more of an attacking threat than Trotta with his smart running off-the-ball. The lack of support from his midfielders negated the amount of impact he could have made on the game however.

Jake Reeves (73' on) - 5

Reeves did not make much of an impact when he came on. He did managed to prevent Chelsea from inflicting further damage on his side with a fantastic last-ditch tackle to deny Hazard from going through on goal however.

Sam Saunders (78' on) - N/A



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