Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley’s secured Chelsea’s spot within the next round of the fa Cup on a cushty afternoon in west London for Frank Lampard’s side.
Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon with a fine end at the close to post, then Ross Barkley got the second with a tap-in at the near post.
Both sides created chances; Frank Lampard with 9 and Sabri Lamouchi creating ten at Stamford Bridge.
Michy Batshuayi, Pedro, Ross Barkley, and Andreas Christensen were all handed rare starts by the Chelsea boss as Lampard looked to convey players a much-needed rest following an important Christmas schedule.
Chelsea got out of the blocks quickly, and at intervals six minutes Callum Hudson-Odoi place the hosts ahead.
Pedro connected up with Michy Batshuayi playing a one-two with the Belgian and located the youngster out wide.
He cut in on his left and laid-off it past Jordan Smith at the close to post to send Chelsea into the lead.
It was nearly two-nil minutes later as Reece James’ pleasant cross just evaded Michy Batshuayi within the box.
Forest was then awarded a penalty midway through the first-half once Fikayo Tomori was adjudged to have fouled Mighten within the box. however, VAR after an extended wait dominated it out for offside.
Reece James’ crossing ability was evident within the first-half once he made another wonderful delivery to Michy Batshuayi within the box, however, the Belgian could head guide his effort over the bar.
But Chelsea did double their lead just once the 30 minutes mark in west London.
Callum Hudson-Odoi caused trouble once more down the right-hand side and his shot was solely parried by Smith; it fell to Ross Barkley WHO tapped it into an empty net to place the Blues 2-0 up.
Alex Mighten then created an excellent likelihood for the guests to tug a goal back.
He took it to the byline and drilled a cross into the six yards however none of his teammates were there to pounce on the delivery.
Ross Barkley nearly had his second of the day and Chelsea’s third.
He met Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross, however, he could solely guide his header onto the post.
However, the offside flag was raised and will it have found its way into and should, it would’ve been ruled out.
Forest had the ball within the net once Ryan Yates headed it past Willy Caballero, however, they were denied by an offside flag.
Mason Mount was given a run-out with simply over twenty minutes to play at Stamford Bridge once being handed a rest by Frank Lampard. He replaced Mateo Kovacic within the midfield.
Chelsea ought to have been out of sight as Michy Batshuayi had another likelihood, and he wasted it once more.
Callum Hudson-Odoi made another fine delivery, and rather than going along with his head, Batshuayi opted for the feet and fluffed his lines.
Tariq Lamptey was given a run-out by Frank Lampard once his fine debut against Arsenal last month.
No goals for Chelsea within the second-half despite having many possibilities, however, they claimed a way needed clean sheet even so.
It was a straightforward afternoon for Frank Lampard’s men in west London.
The early goal settled the nerves, and from then on Forest never really vulnerable the Blues.
The result will please Frank Lampard and co having rested several of the first-team regulars once a busy fixture list over Christmas.
Chelsea can currently head into the next round of the fa cup, wherever they’ll verify their opponents on Monday once the draw takes place.
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