The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Chelsea 3-1 Luton: Tammy Abraham hat-trick in FA Cup

By Jess AndersonBBC Sport

A Tammy Abraham hat-trick earned Chelsea victory over Luton Town in the FA Cup fourth round to relieve some pressure on manager Frank Lampard.

Abraham slotted in from Timo Werner's cut-back before nodding in a second from Reece James' chip.

Jordan Clark scored for the visitors - after an error by keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga- on 30 minutes to keep them in the game.

But Abraham poked home to seal victory before Timo Werner missed a penalty.

Chelsea will face Championship side Barnsley in the fifth round.

Chelsea - who won the competition in 2018 and were beaten finalists last season - were in complete control at 2-0 and Christian Pulisic and Abraham both went close to increasing their lead.

But Luton, who edged past Reading in the last round, settled into the game after James Bree crossed in for Clark to squeeze his shot under Kepa, who should have done better.

The Blues were sloppy at times in the second half and Luton had chances, Kepa saving from Harry Cornick and Tom Lockyer to redeem himself after the earlier error.

Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced Pulisic on 70 minutes and made an immediate impact, having a shot blocked with with his first touch before setting up Abraham with a low cross for Chelsea's third goal.

Werner, who scored his first goal in 13 games against Morecambe in the third round, had the chance to make it 4-1 five minutes from time after being tripped in the box by Clark, but saw his spot-kick saved by Luton keeper Simon Sluga.

It was a welcome victory for Lampard, who has come in for criticism over Chelsea's Premier League position - they sit ninth in the table after five defeats in their past eight games.

'Hard to leave Gilmour out' - what they said

Chelsea boss Lampard: "Playing like he did today it will be very difficult to leave Billy Gilmour out because he was outstanding.

"His comfort on the ball, the way he moves it, his discipline, personality on the team. He was brilliant.

"In the short term, he won't be going on loan. Billy is a Chelsea player and his levels today showed that it's right he's a Chelsea player in the middle of the park."

Luton manager Nathan Jones: "It was a great test for us and I'm very proud of the game we gave Chelsea.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb in the first 20 minutes, but I will accept responsibility for that because I wanted us to be attacking in our shape and do more than just defend.

"Once we changed that shape I thought we were excellent."

Best of the stats

  • Chelsea have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup in 21 of the past 23 seasons, only failing in 2010-11 and 2014-15.
  • Luton have been knocked out in their past six domestic cup ties against Premier League opposition.
  • Chelsea have won 18 of their past 21 FA Cup games at Stamford Bridge, including all four home matches in the competition since the start of last season.
  • Abraham became the first Chelsea player to score an FA Cup hat-trick since Oscar against MK Dons in January 2016, and the Englishman to do so since Lampard got three goals against Macclesfield in January 2007.

Player of the match

AbrahamTammy Abraham

with an average of 7.80

Chelsea

  1. Squad number9Player nameAbraham
    Average rating

    7.80

  2. Squad number23Player nameGilmour
    Average rating

    6.84

  3. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
    Average rating

    6.69

  4. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    6.58

  5. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    6.21

  6. Squad number18Player nameGiroud
    Average rating

    5.83

  7. Squad number17Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    5.80

  8. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    5.61

  9. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    5.54

  10. Squad number15Player nameZouma
    Average rating

    5.53

  11. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    5.47

  12. Squad number33Player nameEmerson
    Average rating

    5.29

  13. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    5.19

  14. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    4.95

  15. Squad number1Player nameArrizabalaga
    Average rating

    3.82

Luton Town

  1. Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall
    Average rating

    7.58

  2. Squad number18Player nameClark
    Average rating

    7.30

  3. Squad number7Player nameCornick
    Average rating

    7.22

  4. Squad number17Player nameMpanzu
    Average rating

    7.21

  5. Squad number5Player nameBradley
    Average rating

    7.07

  6. Squad number26Player nameBree
    Average rating

    7.02

  7. Squad number24Player nameNaismith
    Average rating

    7.01

  8. Squad number15Player nameLockyer
    Average rating

    6.99

  9. Squad number3Player nameDan Potts
    Average rating

    6.97

  10. Squad number12Player nameSluga
    Average rating

    6.96

  11. Squad number8Player nameBerry
    Average rating

    6.90

  12. Squad number14Player nameMoncur
    Average rating

    6.87

  13. Squad number4Player nameTunnicliffe
    Average rating

    6.82

  14. Squad number25Player nameLuaLua
    Average rating

    6.77

  15. Squad number19Player nameCollins
    Average rating

    6.74

  16. Squad number16Player nameRea
    Average rating

    6.46

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 24James
  • 4Christensen
  • 15Zouma
  • 33Emerson
  • 19MountSubstituted forKovacicat 84'minutes
  • 23Gilmour
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forHavertzat 77'minutes
  • 11Werner
  • 10PulisicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 70'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forGiroudat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Rüdiger
  • 5Jorginho
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 29Havertz

Luton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26BreeSubstituted forLuaLuaat 61'minutes
  • 15Lockyer
  • 16ReaSubstituted forPottsat 45'minutes
  • 5Bradley
  • 24NaismithSubstituted forMoncurat 75'minutes
  • 4TunnicliffeSubstituted forBerryat 61'minutes
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 18ClarkBooked at 85mins
  • 7CornickSubstituted forCollinsat 60'minutes
  • 17Mpanzu

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 3Potts
  • 8Berry
  • 9Hylton
  • 10Lee
  • 14Moncur
  • 19Collins
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
Referee:
David Coote

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 3, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 3, Luton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

    Kai Havertz (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sonny Bradley (Luton Town).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emerson.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi tries a through ball, but Timo Werner is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Penalty saved! Timo Werner (Chelsea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Booking

    Jordan Clark (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Penalty Chelsea. Timo Werner draws a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Jordan Clark (Luton Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Mason Mount.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Emerson.

  17. Post update

    Emerson (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Olivier Giroud (Chelsea).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Luton Town. Jordan Clark tries a through ball, but Luke Berry is caught offside.

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