Ipswich came to Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup 3rd round without recently sacked manager Roy Keane, and, with Chelsea’s play being somewhat indifferent, were looking to impress and take something from the game.
Carlo Ancelotti changed some key players and bought in McEachran, Sturridge, Van Aanholt and, in the later stages, Bruma and Kakuta made a showing. On the bench was the cavalry of Malouda, Drogba, Essien and Ferreira just in case they were needed but as it happened, we need not have worried.
From the first whistle Ipswich were up against it. The holders were well into their stride but had to wait 33 minutes before the returning Kalou turned over the line a shot from Anelka that was going in, if a tad in slow motion. The impressive Sturridge made it two and an own goal from a Lampard free kick, saw Chelsea into the break three nil up and a relaxing second half beckoned for the team, and the supporters!
Further goals from Anelka, Sturridge and two from the ever improving Frank Lampard saw us end the game as 7-0 winners. This left Ipswich Town making their way back to Suffolk, well and truly beaten and Chelsea on their way to Everton for a round four draw against The Toffees.
Is this a turning point for Chelsea? Only time will tell. Most will say it was only Ipswich but, a wins a win, especially an impressive one such as this.
“Win or Lose – Up the Blues”
Chelsea 7-0 Ipswich
Edwards (og) 41
38 Van Aanholt (Bruma 70)
21 Kalou (Kakuta 55)
40 Hilario, 19 Ferreira, 43 Bruma, 05 Essien, 15 Malouda, 11 Drogba, 44 Kakuta
08 Norris – yellow card
09 Wickham (Priskin 63)
10 Scotland (Murray 49)
12 Lee-Barrett, 05 Delaney, 20 Smith, 23 Eastman, 26 Civelli, 16 Priskin, 28 Murray