Match Report – Chelsea show Milton Keynes who are the dons

Updated: January 31, 2016

Chelsea traveled to Stadium MK for their fourth round FA Cup tie against Championship strugglers MK Dons and strolled their way to an impressive 5-1 win, maintaining Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten run so far in his second spell and thereby qualifying for the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

An Oscar hat-trick, along with goals from Hazard and Bertrand Traore, ensured that Karl Robinson’s side were no match for Guus Hiddink’s with the game often giving an impression of men pitted against boys.

Chelsea should have been up by three goals by the time Oscar bagged his and Chelsea’s first goal. A combination of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping kept Chelsea at bay, but only for the first 16 minutes, when Oscar gave the Blues a well-deserved lead.

The Dons had been liberal at the back throughout and that was what gave Oscar his first, as Diego Costa latched on to a poor back pass from Kyle McFadzean and passed it into Oscar’s path, who slotted it in on the dive.

Unlike his first goal though, his second was a touch of class. With plenty of space afforded to him, Ruben Loftus-Cheek found Oscar with a superb pass and the Brazilian slotted the ball brilliantly past the keeper.

In between those goals, was sandwiched a glimmer of hope for MK Dons, with Darren Porter having his shot deflected and looped over a helpless Courtois against the run of play.

With a minute to go to half time, Oscar finally had his hat-trick. Allowed all the time and space possible, he strolled onto the left wing before cutting in and scoring a beauty at the far post.

The half time team talks would have been something along the lines of “More of the same, please”, as that is what we saw unfold come the second half. No changes for the teams, both in personnel and philosophy.

Hazard brought his goal drought to an end when he was tripped in the box by Potter, before calmly slotting the penalty home having sent the keeper the wrong side. Amid all the speculation of him leaving, his celebration of kissing the badge meant a lot for all the worried Chelsea fans!

Substitute Betrand Traore, on for Costa, got his first Chelsea goal, when Hazard ran on to reach a long ball from midfield and passed it to the eagerly waiting Burkina Faso international. That was the Belgian’s last action of the game, as he made way for Pedro and hat-trick hero Oscar came off for Willian.

A special mention has to go out for the performances of Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Rahman was making all the right runs and crosses, leaving Hazard with acres of space and Loftus-Cheek put in a tireless display over the ninety minutes, passing, tackling and being an all-action dynamo.

Chelsea looked to be content to just sit back and conserve energy for the midweek travel to Vicarage Stadium for the game against Watford. The supporters meanwhile were happy to lap up the positives from the display and be at their loudest – singing some classics like “Super, Super Frank”, “Steve Gerrard, Gerrard”, “He hates Tottenham” along with the regular chants, as everyone Blue left Stadium MK happy.

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