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Chelsea reached their third FA Cup semi-final in four seasons as goals from Didier Drogba and Alex emphasised their superiority with a 2-0 win against Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.

Drogba maintained his surge in form since the appointment of interim manager Guus Hiddink by netting his sixth goal of the campaign after 15 minutes.

Then Alex put the game out of Coventry's reach 17 minutes from time after converting a cross from substitute Ricardo Quaresma.

Chelsea crashed out of the competition at the same stage last season, losing to another Coca-Cola Championship side in Barnsley. But there was never any danger of another shock against Chris Coleman's side as Chelsea dominated for almost the entire 90 minutes.

Inside three minutes Drogba, who had scored the winner at Fratton Park, missed a golden chance to break the deadlock.

A long clearance by Petr Cech picked out the Chelsea striker who easily turned past Ben Turner to find himself with only Keiran Westwood to beat.

But Drogba, who was operating as the lone front player, screwed his shot wide of the far post when he should have at least the target.

But after 15 minutes Drogba took advantage of hesitancy in the Coventry defence to put Chelsea ahead.

There looked to be little danger, but Turner hesitated, was muscled off the ball by Drogba and the striker calmly took the ball around Westwood before drilling his shot into the net.

Alex then made sure of victory for Chelsea with his second goal of the season. Quaresma broke clear down the right and spotted the run of Alex who calmly drilled the ball past Westwood.

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Petr Cech
Ben Turner
Didier Drogba
Ricardo Quaresma
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Championship
Chelsea
Premier League
Alex
Barnsley
FA Cup
Coventry City

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