Chelsea advanced to the fifth round of the Capital One Cup thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 win over League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town.
The Shews started positively and the two sides went into the break at 0-0, but it was Chelsea who broke the deadlock in the early minutes of the second half thanks to club legend Didier Drogba, who scored his 160th goal for the west London outfit with an excellent first-team finish past Jayson Leutwiler.
Andy Mangan levelled things up with just over 10 minutes of the match remaining, forcing Jose Mourinho to send on Nemanja Matic and Willian.
And moments later, Chelsea had scored the winning goal and booked their place in the next round of the Capital One Cup thanks to Willian, whose cross was diverted into his own net by the unfortunate Jermaine Grandison.
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Here’s how Chelsea’s stars rated at New Meadow…
Petr Cech: 7
Solid performance from the veteran Chelsea goalkeeper, who remains as professional as ever despite losing his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois. Made a few decent saves, and could do little about Shrewsbury’s equaliser.
Andreas Christensen: 7
Very composed and assured performance from the 18-year-old full-back. There’s a reason why Chelsea are already paying him a reported £20,000-a-week.
Kurt Zouma: 7.5
It’s easy to see why Kurt Zouma is so highly rated. The 20-year-old France Under-21 international has looked solid and reliable every time he’s pulled on a Chelsea shirt - and tonight was no different.
Gary Cahill: 7
The experienced centre-back alongside Kurt Zouma was never troubled by the Shrewsbury attack. Stayed focused and will be pleased with his night’s work.
Filipe Luis: 7
This was another chance for the Brazilian to show Jose Mourinho why he deserves to start ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta - and, overall, it was a decent performance by the Brazilian. Keen to get forward, and solid in defence, he might have given his manager a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s match against QPR.
John Obi Mikel: 6
The Nigeria international was neat and tidy in possession, as you’d expect. But it was his piece of mis-control inside the box which led to Shrewsbury’s unexpected equaliser with 15 minutes remaining. Subbed off shortly afterwards.
Nathan Ake: 7
Despite being booked in the first half for a petulant challenge, this was an impressive display from the 19-year-old Dutchman. Displayed composure on the ball that defied his tender age.
Mohamed Salah: 6.5
Eager to take his chance and worked hard upfront, but wasteful with his shooting. Salah did, however, set up Didier Drogba’s goal with a sweet cushioned touch. Subbed off shortly after Shrewsbury equalised.
Worked hard for the team, as he has done all season, and looked a class above when in possession. The Brazil international really has stepped up a level since last season.
Andre Schurrle: 7.5
Played a part in both goals and forced a magnificent save from Shrewsbury goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler with a stunning 30-yard drive early in the second half.
Didier Drogba: 8
The Chelsea legend scored his third goal in as many matches with an excellent first-time finish in the opening minutes of the second half. Captain on the night, with John Terry on the bench, Drogba led by example with a talismanic performance.
Subbed on for the final 10 minutes and made an instant impact, swinging in the cross which led to Chelsea’s winning goal.
Nemanja Matic: 6.5
Brought on to ensure Chelsea booked their place in the next round - and did just that.
Eden Hazard: N/A
The world-class Belgian was on the pitch for less than a minute.
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