Ben starts off the journey by recollecting our Third Round against Nottingham Forest in January.
In the Third Round, Chelsea faced Championship high-fliers Nottingham Forest. The Reds were a familiar foe, as Chelsea had faced them at the very same stage of the FA Cup at the same venue precisely a year before. On that occasion, Chelsea won a close encounter courtesy of two goals from Alvaro Morata. Chelsea also faced Forest in the Carabao Cup in 2017, winning comfortably 5-1.
This tie came off the back of a disappointing draw at Brighton on New Year’s Day, making a win essential to regaining morale. Frank Lampard was unable to attend the press conference as he was struck with illness just before, so Assistant Manager Jody Morris stepped in.
Morris covered the injury news and told the media that Marcos Alonso would not be fit for the game, same with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ngolo Kante. Morris mentioned there would be rotation to the side, as we saw during the game.
Chelsea came into this game off the back on an up and down winter. After beating Tottenham and Arsenal, they lost to Southampton and in the game before had a 1-1 draw with Brighton so a win was needed to lift spirits.
Nottingham Forest came into this game in forth position in the Championship and on a decent run of form, beating Blackburn Rovers 3-2 the week before
Manger Sabri Lamouchi looked to lead his team into the fourth round of the FA Cup, and looked to achieve this through danger man João Carvalho, a tricky attacking midfielder.
- Date: Saturday 5th January 2020
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Score: Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest (Callum Hudson-Odoi 6′, Ross Barkley 33′)
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Attendance: 40,492
- Chelsea donned their memorial FA Cup Home Shirt for this fixture, which was prohibited for the remainder of the competition.
Chelsea started with a 4-3-3 formation for this game, a usual formation used by Frank Lampard this season. Willy Cabellero made his way back into the side ahead of Kepa, Reece James and Emerson played on either full back positions, with a partnership of Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen at the back. A midfield 3 of Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Kovacic played in behind the front three of Pedro, Michy Batshuayi and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Forest also made a few changes from their last game, with Smith, Jenkinson, Dawson and Roberto making their way back into the defence. There was also a change up top with top scorer Lewis Grabban dropping out for Johnson.
The game started off very brightly for Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring about six minutes in when he cut inside the right wing and tucked it into the near post. Chelsea continued to produce several attacks and on another day could’ve scored many more. Michy Batshuayi had multiple chances to score but couldn’t convert and Reece James’ crosses were something to behold.
The lead was doubled in the 33rd minute after Ross Barkley volleyed a rebound in from another Hudson-Odoi shot. Nottingham Forest did receive a penalty after a trip by Fikayo Tomori, although it was looked at by VAR and determined to be offside. Forest scored in the second half but the goal was also ruled out for offside. Overall, a decent day for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea team, with an especially stirring performance from Hudson-Odoi.
Moment of the Match
Callum Hudson-Odoi scored the opener in majestic style, cutting in from the right to smash home past into the Forest net.
Man of the Match
Callum Hudson-Odoi. One of the youngster’s brightest performances of the season, scoring the opener and providing the second for Ross Barkley
Are you confident for Saturday’s game? Will Frank Lampard win his first managerial silverware? Let us know in the comments!