A controversial Juan Mata penalty was the difference between Chelsea and QPR during a largely uneventful match that saw Chelsea progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup.
FA intervention meant the customary handshakes between the clubs did not happen but it did nothing to quell the ill feeling towards John Terry from QPR, with every touch booed and countless songs mentioning him sung. The pre-match intensity certainly overshadowed the intensity of the game and in truth, the match lacked pace and creativity throughout with the most eventful parts being fan related.
The only real chance of the first half came after Mata broke from a QPR free kick, seizing on a Luke Young slip he found space but could only fire straight into Paddy Kenny. Mata was once again involved in the only other memorable first half action when a delicate backheel found Ramires but his fired cross went unmet by any Chelsea players.
The second half began with half chances from Mata and Sturridge but neither threatened Paddy Kenny’s goal sufficiently. QPR’s first real attack of the game came in front of the emptiest of QPR stands on 60minutes, when Shaun Wright-Phillips flashed the ball across the box forcing Cech into a save. Straight from the save a swift Chelsea attack ended with a Clint Hill foul on Daniel Sturridge and Mike Dean awarding a penalty. Juan Mata stepped up and confidently placed the ball into the bottom right corner, sending Paddy Kenny the wrong way.
From then on the game gradually began to fade into an match that will surely be a strong contender for the last slot on MOTD. Ramires was probably the most exciting Chelsea player until his injury which saw him stretchered off after charging down a Clint Hill shot, early reports say he has sustained medial ligament damage. In the 7 minutes added on due to Ramires’ injury Luke Young forced the first meaningful save from Cech after his half volley from the edge of the box.
Overall a fairly routine victory but it would have been nice to have beaten them comfortably. The FA Cup is probably our most realistic trophy chance so a generous 5th round draw would be nice, Terry lifting the FA Cup has become quite an enjoyable sight over the last few years.