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Chelsea captain John Terry hailed his men's fighting spirit after the players answered the criticism of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with a 4-1 victory over Southend to secure a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Blues and their Brazilian coach had been under pressure following the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United but responded with a thumping win.

Terry hailed the team's efforts, saying: "We have been under-performing recently, and I think the manager was right to criticise us for not fighting enough. The Southend game was an opportunity for us, and we showed great spirit."

He continued: "It was not the best of starts - but after 30 minutes we upped the tempo in the second half, and I thought we fully deserved the win."

Blues assistant boss Ray Wilkins added that Scolari was "as happy as Larry" with the result.

He said: "Our spirit has been fantastic, and you could see that with the way they played.

"The atmosphere around the place was we really wanted to put Sunday right and we did that."

Chelsea were again undone by a set-play, when a corner led to Southend's opening goal - making a mockery of Scolari's new zonal system. It is something, though, which the Blues coaching staff are determined to rectify.

"We will try everything to get it right, whether it be zonal, man-to-man marking, sticking a coach in front of it, whatever. We will try the lot until we get the right solution," Wilkins said.

"When you are dealing with the quality and intelligence of footballer we have, it is never a gamble to change it."

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