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FA Cup: Chelsea fight back to advance

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chelsea set up an FA Cup fourth round match with Championship side Ipswich after battling back from a goal down to claim a 4-1 win over Southend at Roots Hall.

The Blues controlled proceedings from the off, but were stunned in the 16th minute when Adam Barrett arrived on cue at the far post to head home Junior Stanislas' outswinging corner.

And it could have been worse for the visitors when Osei Sankofa broke free on the right and floated a cross to the far post, where Alex Revell arrived at pace, but somehow Petr Čech managed to anticipate his movement and dived low to his right to make a remarkable stop.

Southend were minutes from taking their lead into the half-time interval before Michael Ballack's fine half-volley levelled matters. Peter Clarke collided with keeper Steve Mildenhall, in the box and the ball fell to Ballack, who slammed in from 18 yards.

Chelsea finally got themselves in front on the hour mark when Joe Cole picked out Salomon Kalou and the Ivory Coast forward calmly rolled into the net from the right of the area.

Nicolas Anelka slid home a third after 78 minutes before Frank Lampard rubbed salt into the wounds to net a fourth after a breakaway in stoppage time.

At St James' Park, Daniel Cousin's 81st-minute winner earned Hull a place in the FA Cup fourth round after a battling 1-0 win over Newcastle.

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