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Quality counts for Benitez

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Quality counts for Benitez (©GettyImages)
Quality counts for Benitez (©GettyImages).

Rafael Benitez lauded debutant Demba Ba and Frank Lampard after Chelsea's dominant FA Cup 5-1 victory at Southampton.

The Blues came into the match on the back of a shock defeat to west London rivals QPR and fell behind to a Jay Rodriguez effort after 22 minutes. Chelsea, though, rallied to turn the game on its head, running out 5-1 victors as Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Lampard efforts complemented a Ba brace.

"The first half we had to work but after that little by little the team was getting better," he said. "The second half was much better. We played with quality and when you're one goal ahead they have to take more risks."

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Branislav Ivanovic
Maxi Rodriguez
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Jay Rodriguez
Southampton
Chelsea
Premier League
Queens Park Rangers
Demba Ba
Victor Moses
FA Cup
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