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Chelsea vs Birmingham – The Player Ratings

Daniel Sturridge spared under fire AVB for another week at least, as Birmingham comfortably earned themselves an FA Cup replay at St Andrews.


Cech (6/10) Is no doubt half the goalkeeper he was six years ago, but was generally reliable in a quiet game between the sticks. Could do nothing to stop Murphy’s close range opener.

Ivanovic (7/10) Chelsea’s best defender. Dealt with the threat of Redmond well, and provided a useful attacking outlet. Fine cross for Sturridge’s equaliser.

Luiz (6/10) Had some good moments on the ball but continues to worry home supporters with his laid back defensive style. As Chelsea suffer a severe dip in form, perhaps the erratic Luiz isn’t the right man to provide the required stability for the 4th place contenders.

Cahill (5/10) Much like his second half showing against United, Cahill was rash and anxious at the heart of Chelsea’s rearguard. Must play alongside Terry in order to settle more quickly at the Bridge.

 Bertrand (6/10) Didn’t look out of place and was pretty solid in a back four hampered by change and uncertainty.

Ramires (6/10) Subdued by his standards after a three week layoff but still put Mikel to shame, as he was the only player in Chelsea’s midfield to provide any real urgency or drive.

Mikel 3/10) Just not a top level player. His range of passing was poor whilst his ability to affect games is non-existent. Strange to think both Manchester United and Chelsea fought so hard to get his signature.

Meireles (5/10) Passing was woeful in the first half, but became more influential as Chelsea regained control in the second period. Must do more to justify a starting role.

Mata (6/10) Showed some very nice touches but struggles to impact the game when Chelsea really need him to. Too often of the periphery of the action and missed a crucial spot kick in the first half, two minutes after Birmingham’s opener.

Torres (4/10) Has truly hit rock bottom in his Chelsea career. Whilst neutrals wait to see the man who graced the Premier League a few years ago with Liverpool, hope of seeing a return to greatness for the Spaniard is fading rapidly.

Sturridge (8/10) Troubled Murphy all afternoon and scored a wonderful header. Must surely be heading to Ukraine in the summer.

Subs: Didier Drogba (5), Salomon Kalou (4), Frank Lampard (4), Unused: Hilario, Bosingwa, Essien, Malouda.

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Doyle (8/10) A fine save from Mata’s penalty capped a calm display from the Irish stopper. Did much to erase the haunting memory of his Premier League debut at the Bridge five years ago, in which he was at fault for two of the host’s goals in a 3-2 defeat.

Carr (6/10) was replaced after 12 minutes following a crunching tackle by full back Bertrand.

Ibanez (8/10) Dominated former teammate Torres in the first half, and enjoyed similar success against Drogba. Won everything in the air and, like partner Davies, was good in possession for the promotion hopefuls.

Davies (8/10) Is starting to show the form which persuaded Aston Villa to shell out £10 million for his services four years ago. Was composed on the ball and looked rarely troubled by a blunt Chelsea attack.

Murphy (6/10) Scored the goal to put his side into the lead but was frequently caught out by a rampant Sturridge. Should have put more pressure on Ivanovic for Chelsea’s equaliser.

Redmond (6/10) Much has been spoken about the 17 year old talent. His pace and skill on the ball will no doubt make him a Premier League star one day, but he must work on his consistency if he is to become a more rounded footballer. Spurned a great chance to win it for the visitors in the dying moments.

Mutch (7/10) The 20 year old suffered a broken ankle at the start of the season, but has returned a more mature and complete player. His touch and tactical awareness were impressive, as he rarely surrendered possession to the Premier League giants.

Gomis (7/10) Pressed Chelsea’s hesitant midfield relentlessly, and produced the pass of the game to release Rooney with a first time volley.

Fahey (6/10) Was tidy and efficient as usual, but struggles to really stamp his authority on games. However, his energy around the middle of the park was vital as Chelsea began to take the ascendancy in the final quarter of the game.

 Elliot (6/10) Needlessly fouled Ramires for Chelsea’s penalty but, like the rest of his midfield colleagues, was comfortable in possession and didn’t look out of place against the so called ‘big boys’.

 Rooney (6/10) Led the line commendably and used his physical presence well against an uncertain Chelsea backline. Just lacks a bit of quality in front of goal.

Subs: Jonathan Spector (6), Jake Jervis (5), Chris Burke (5). Unused: Butland, Caldwell, Reilly, Asante.

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