Chelsea vs Luton Town – the stats

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CHELSEA 2 LUTON TOWN 0
FA Cup Semi-Final, Wembley, 09.04.94, 5pm

Chelsea (4-1-2-1-2): Kharine; Clarke, Kjeldbjerg, Johnsen, Sinclair; Newton; Burley (Barnard 41), Wise; Peacock; Spencer, Cascarino
Scorers: Peacock 12, 47
Manager: Glenn Hoddle

Luton Town (4-1-3-1-1): Sommer; Linton (Hartson 66), Peake, Dreyer, James; Harper; Telfer, Preece, Hughes; Oakes; Dixon
Manager: David Pleat

Referee: Roger Dilkes
Attendance: 59,989

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What can you watch on Chelsea platforms this week?

Sunday 24 January 

A Super Sunday of football for Chelsea starts with the FA Cup game against Luton at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea TV’s matchday programming on the 5th Stand, Facebook Live and our official YouTube channel begins 70 minutes before kick-off, at 10.50am, with a further live show at half-time.

As well as the first look at the teamsheets at 11am, with analysis from the Bridge, there will be blue-tinted discussions from our guests on the show.

After the final whistle attention very swiftly turns to Chelsea Women, who have an away WSL fixture at Bristol City Women. Kick-off at Twerton Park is at 2pm with live coverage on this website and the 5th Stand app. At half-time in that game we will bring you post-match interviews from the Luton Cup tie earlier in the day. 

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Women’s report: Man City 2 Chelsea 4

Entering the final minute of the 90, it looked as though our defence of a trophy we won for the first time last February was going to come to an end against a club that has long tormented us in this competition.

Despite taking the lead on the stroke of half-time through Melanie Leupolz, who made the most of a defensive slip-up to smash home a half-volley from Erin Cuthbert’s free-kick, we hadn’t taken advantage of the chances that had come our way earlier in the half, most notably through Bethany England and Sam Kerr.

City drew level shortly after the interval when a mix-up between Ann-Katrin Berger and Magdalena Eriksson allowed Chloe Kelly to fire in the equaliser, a goal which came completely against the run of play, and they looked to have stolen it when Lauren Hemp netted inside the final 10 minutes.

However, there was a twist to come in the closing moments of normal time, as substitute Niamh Charles netted a sublime equaliser, taking a pass by Guro Reiten on her chest and unleashing a looping volley that flew into the top corner and sent the tie into extra time.

Our Norwegian schemer went from provider to goalscorer early in the additional 30, as she got on the end of a Pernille Harder cross to steer it home at the back stick, and then, on the stroke of half-time, came the clincher – and what a show-stopper it was.

Reiten kept her cool on the edge of a crowded penalty box to roll the ball back to Sophie Ingle, who hit a blockbuster strike with her left foot that beat the despairing dive of the keeper and sparked jubilant celebrations on the pitch and on the sidelines. Three goals had been scored in the space of 15 minutes, each of them by substitutes, to turn this tie on its head.

The Academy Stadium has never been a happy hunting ground for us and City’s previous three meetings with us in the competition, each of them at the semi-final stage, had all ended in defeat. That the Blues were able to turn this around when facing a fourth loss to them speaks volumes about the mental strength of this squad.

We’ve now beaten our rivals three times in three different competitions this term, and attention will turn back to the WSL and a trip to Bristol City on Sunday, when we can set a new record for the longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition if we avoid defeat.

Before then, we’ll discover our opponents in the last four of the competition, when Durham face West Ham tomorrow night. The winners will travel to Kingsmeadow in the first midweek in February.

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Chelsea fixtures moved for TV

Our final game of this month, the home match against Burnley, will now take place on Sunday 31 January with a 12 noon kick-off. It will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK.

The away match at Tottenham is now on Thursday 4 February at 8pm and is also a BT Sport selection.

The game against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge is on Monday 15 February, kick-off 8pm, and is on Sky Sports.

Chelsea travel away to Southampton for a 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday 20 February. That is a BT Sport game.

Our home game against Manchester United is on Sunday 28 February at 4.30pm and will be broadcast by Sky Sports.

Please note that as the Tottenham vs Chelsea match is now on Thursday 4 February, the match away against Sheffield United currently scheduled for Saturday 6 February will move, but the new date and time are yet to be confirmed.

The Premier League is awaiting the results of the FA Cup fourth round before announcing further changes as the outcome of those games may have an impact upon other fixtures.
 

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Mendy on what is missing at the moment and how we can rectify the situation

Asked about what has changed, the Senegalese identified one area which has been proven costly recently, and he also discussed the job at hand as we seek to stabilise our performances and results over a substantial period. 

‘What we are missing at the moment is consistency, being good for the whole match. We often have a bad patch, concede a goal and it makes it too hard to recover. We need to find more consistency in matches to be able to get past this level of team. 

‘It’s difficult to explain because we were in good form and then we got into difficulty. It happened very quickly. We need to concentrate on the return phase now and getting near the levels we were at.

‘It’s up to us to rectify the current situation and above all show more. We have to stay together and stay as positive as possible during this delicate moment.’

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