Saints v Chelsea player ratings

Chelsea eased into the fourth round of the FA Cup by trouncing Southampton at St Mary’s. Here’s how we rated the players in their 5-1 victory.

Ross Turnbull: 7
A spectator for much of the game but produced an important double save in the second half.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Has had better games since his move to Chelsea. Might have offered better cover through the middle at times – including when Jay Rodriguez scored – and some of the Spaniard’s crosses were wayward.

Branislav Ivanovic: 7
Was his usual solid self in defence and popped up with another goal – his sixth of the season.

Gary Cahill: 6
Was below par in the first half and allowed Rodriquez to sneak away from him and net the opener. Better after the break though.

Ashley Cole: 7
Was slightly shaky in the opening stages but got stronger as the game went on and Southampton couldn’t handle his forward bursts.

David Luiz: 6
Sloppy on occasions. Has been a revelation in midfield but this was his least convincing performance there so far.

Ramires: 7
A really good display from the Brazilian, whose lung-busting runs were a major factor in Chelsea’s victory.

Victor Moses: 7
Full of pace and trickery – Moses is proving to be a great signing. Scored a fine goal too.

Juan Mata: 8
Superb again. Pulled the strings for Chelsea and effectively got their all-important equaliser, which Demba Ba claimed by touching the ball over the line. Southampton worked hard to stop Mata but he is simply unstoppable in this kind of form.

Eden Hazard: 7
Drifted in and out of the match but at times was superb, especially with the ball at his feet.

Demba Ba: 8
A great debut for the striker, who seems to offer Chelsea quite a bit more than Fernando Torres. He’s quick, works hard, holds the ball up well and knows where the goal is – as his two goals showed. He also offers Chelsea a physical presence they have lacked since Didier Drogba’s departure. A great finish for his second goal.

Frank Lampard: 7
Came on and made an impact. Again. His penalty equalled Kerry Dixon’s Chelsea goal tally and surely strengthened the midfielder’s case for a new deal.

Marko Marin: 7
His appearance as a second-half substitute was encouraging – much more so than his tepid display against QPR in midweek. Looked more lively, although it was against a demoralised Saints defence.



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