Chelsea 4-0 Preston North End: Blues into FA Cup fourth round with clinical second-half showing

6 January 2024 0 By Total Football News

Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup fourth round as four second-half goals took them past Championship side Preston at Stamford Bridge.

Armando Broja opened the scoring with a superb glancing header from Malo Gusto’s left-wing cross just before the hour mark and Thiago Silva was left unmarked to head home from a corner eight minutes later.

A third goal in 11 minutes came when Raheem Sterling’s dipping free-kick from 20 yards out beat a helpless Freddie Woodman in the Preston goal.

Enzo Fernandez added a fourth from close range late on following a check by the video assistant referee after he had initially been flagged offside.

The scoreline was harsh on Preston, who were lively in the first half and looked to attack Chelsea at every opportunity, but the hosts had the better chances.

Cole Palmer had the pick of them but dinked wide after being picked out by a pinpoint ball over the top from Fernandez, who had a excellent chance of his own but headed straight at Woodman from six yards out.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were far more clinical after the break to take the game away from Preston as the visitors tired.

Chelsea can now turn their attention to the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Chelsea quality shines through

As comfortable as it ended up being, for nearly an hour this was a frustrating evening for Chelsea.

Preston were determined to give their vociferous travelling support something to shout about and had no intention of simply sitting in and allowing the home side to dictate proceedings.

Ryan Lowe’s side struggled to create much in the way of clear-cut chances but their intent was clear and they had enough of a threat, often through Liam Millar down the left, that Chelsea had to remain alert.

Chances went begging at the other end in the first 45 minutes but the hosts’ quality came through in the second period.

The first goal exemplified that as Gusto whipped in a pinpoint right-footed cross for Broja, who leapt to flick the ball in off the far post.

Preston’s first-half exertions began to show and it did not take much of a drop off for the Blues to hammer home their advantage.

They quickly put the result beyond doubt and Pochettino was able to hand a debut to 17-year-old Michael Golding in the closing stages with Woodman having to react well to deny the teenager from close range in stoppage time.

Player of the match

Thiago SilvaThiago Silva

with an average of 8.04

Chelsea

  1. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

    Average rating

    8.04

  2. Squad number11Player nameMadueke

    Average rating

    7.56

  3. Squad number27Player nameGusto

    Average rating

    7.48

  4. Squad number42Player nameGilchrist

    Average rating

    7.41

  5. Squad number23Player nameGallagher

    Average rating

    7.35

  6. Squad number7Player nameSterling

    Average rating

    7.31

  7. Squad number28Player namePetrovic

    Average rating

    7.22

  8. Squad number10Player nameMudryk

    Average rating

    6.97

  9. Squad number8Player nameFernández

    Average rating

    6.93

  10. Squad number19Player nameBroja

    Average rating

    6.93

  11. Squad number68Player nameGolding

    Average rating

    6.88

  12. Squad number26Player nameColwill

    Average rating

    6.85

  13. Squad number36Player nameDeivid Washington

    Average rating

    6.78

  14. Squad number2Player nameDisasi

    Average rating

    6.60

  15. Squad number25Player nameCaicedo

    Average rating

    6.48

  16. Squad number20Player namePalmer

    Average rating

    5.28

Preston North End

  1. Squad number8Player nameBrowne

    Average rating

    5.73

  2. Squad number14Player nameStorey

    Average rating

    5.58

  3. Squad number44Player namePotts

    Average rating

    5.53

  4. Squad number4Player nameWhiteman

    Average rating

    5.48

  5. Squad number28Player nameOsmajic

    Average rating

    5.44

  6. Squad number1Player nameWoodman

    Average rating

    5.40

  7. Squad number13Player nameMcCann

    Average rating

    5.39

  8. Squad number23Player nameMillar

    Average rating

    5.38

  9. Squad number7Player nameKeane

    Average rating

    5.36

  10. Squad number6Player nameLindsay

    Average rating

    5.29

  11. Squad number16Player nameHughes

    Average rating

    5.24

  12. Squad number33Player nameBest

    Average rating

    4.81

  13. Squad number25Player nameHolmes

    Average rating

    4.73

  14. Squad number18Player nameLedson

    Average rating

    4.46

  15. Squad number19Player nameRiis

    Average rating

    4.44

  16. Squad number9Player nameEvans

    Average rating

    3.94

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Petrovic
  • 42GilchristSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 61′minutes
  • 2Disasi
  • 26Colwill
  • 27Gusto
  • 25Caicedo
  • 8FernándezSubstituted forGoldingat 89′minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 20PalmerSubstituted forGallagherat 76′minutes
  • 10MudrykSubstituted forMaduekeat 61′minutes
  • 19BrojaSubstituted forde Souza Eugênioat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 11Madueke
  • 13Bettinelli
  • 23Gallagher
  • 29Maatsen
  • 36de Souza Eugênio
  • 47Bergström
  • 51Williams
  • 68Golding

Preston

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Woodman
  • 14Storey
  • 6Lindsay
  • 16HughesSubstituted forBestat 74′minutes
  • 44Potts
  • 4WhitemanBooked at 68minsSubstituted forHolmesat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13McCannSubstituted forLedsonat 88′minutes
  • 23Millar
  • 8Browne
  • 7KeaneSubstituted forEvansat 64′minutes
  • 28OsmajicSubstituted forRiisat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cunningham
  • 9Evans
  • 10Frökjaer-Jensen
  • 18Ledson
  • 19data-reactid=".yu1bddbcwi.0.0.0.1.$include-20.0.0.1:$panel-0.$0.0.0.1.5.$4PO179464.1.0.0">Riis
  • 20Woodburn
  • 21Cornell
  • 25Holmes
  • 33Best
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
39,705

Match Stats

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Match ends, Chelsea 4, Preston North End 0.

Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Preston North End 0.