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VAR confusion leads to Mike Riley asking referees to make clearer signals over when technology is consulted

Referees could be instructed to signal more clearly when consulting their video assistants following crowd confusion on the English competitive debut of Video Assistant Referees. The general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, Mike Riley, revealed changes were planned to the use of VAR ahead of its next outing in two FA Cup third-round replays next week. This week’s two VAR games saw the referee employ a ‘finger to ear’ signal when communicating with his video assistant. But Riley accepted it had not been obvious to spectators that checks were being made when goals were scored or after penalty decisions. There was particular confusion about whether Brighton & Hove Albion’s winning goal in Monday night’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace had been checked for handball. Chaos on the pitch, delays to matches and even more angry fans - yet the Premier League would be better off with VAR Riley told BBC Radio Five Live: “It is really important for spectators in the stadium to understand when it’s being used or not. “Part of the process we’re going through at the moment is how we can do that really effectively. “Currently, if you look at the referee, you’ll see him put his finger in his ear. “But I accept that, in a stadium, that can be quite difficult to see. So, how can we improve that experience for the spectators? “We’re talking around that, reviewing both games this week and coming up with some ideas for next week to make that more effective.” The same issue was identified during last summer’s Confederations Cup, with officials subsequently instructed to mime a television signal whenever checks were being made, not just when VAR had been used to change a decision. The VAR matches next week will be Chelsea v Norwich City and Leicester City v Fleetwood Town. Among the fourth-round FA Cup ties to use VAR, meanwhile, will almost certainly be Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion after it was the only match selected for live broadcast guaranteed to be at a Premier League ground. The game will be on BT Sport 2 on Saturday, January 27. If Chelsea beat Norwich, their tie with Newcastle United - also on BT Sport 2 - could be another VAR game the following afternoon. Manchester United, meanwhile, will return to TV screens in the FA Cup when the BBC shows their trip to Yeovil Town on Friday, January 26. As exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport, their third-round win over Derby County was their first Cup tie not to be shown live for 13 years.

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Rowett ends Stoke rumours with new Derby contract

Gary Rowett admits he is flattered by the rumours linking him with Stoke City but has committed his future to Derby County.

This Mourinho Instagram post suggests Manchester United’s warm-weather training isn’t going to plan

United travelled to Dubai after beating Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

This Mourinho Instagram post suggests Manchester United’s warm-weather training isn’t going to plan

United travelled to Dubai after beating Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

FILE PHOTO - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks off at half time Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract, as Stoke consider the 43-year-old as Mark Hughes' successor. Rowett is in negotiations over an improved deal after guiding Derby to second in the Championship, just ten months after he was appointed by the Midlands club. Stoke have identified the former Birmingham manager as a leading contender to replace Hughes, along with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. But Derby are accelerating talks over Rowett's contract amid interest from the Premier League strugglers, while they are also determined to reject any approach. Rowett's current contract has 18 months to run. Telegraph Sport understands it will require a figure of around £1.7m in compensation to prise Rowett out of Pride Park. O'Neill is another potential candidate and is thought to be interested in returning to club football after nearly five years with the Ireland team. Links to Ryan Giggs have been completely dismissed by sources at the bet365 Stadium. Hughes was dismissed on Saturday, less than three hours after the 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the FA Cup. Ryan Shawcross, the captain, said: "Mark Hughes has been a huge part of a great story over the last few years. Mark Hughes was sacked after a dismal run of form Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Some of the performances we produced under him were fantastic, obviously the 6-1 win over Liverpool springs to mind as well as finishing in ninth place in the Premier League three years in succession. “Ultimately though, the manager knows that it is a results driven business and unfortunately he has lost his job because of the way things have gone this season.”

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract, as Stoke consider the 43-year-old as Mark Hughes' successor. Rowett is in negotiations over an improved deal after guiding Derby to second in the Championship, just ten months after he was appointed by the Midlands club. Stoke have identified the former Birmingham manager as a leading contender to replace Hughes, along with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. But Derby are accelerating talks over Rowett's contract amid interest from the Premier League strugglers, while they are also determined to reject any approach. Rowett's current contract has 18 months to run. Telegraph Sport understands it will require a figure of around £1.7m in compensation to prise Rowett out of Pride Park. O'Neill is another potential candidate and is thought to be interested in returning to club football after nearly five years with the Ireland team. Links to Ryan Giggs have been completely dismissed by sources at the bet365 Stadium. Hughes was dismissed on Saturday, less than three hours after the 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the FA Cup. Ryan Shawcross, the captain, said: "Mark Hughes has been a huge part of a great story over the last few years. Mark Hughes was sacked after a dismal run of form Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Some of the performances we produced under him were fantastic, obviously the 6-1 win over Liverpool springs to mind as well as finishing in ninth place in the Premier League three years in succession. “Ultimately though, the manager knows that it is a results driven business and unfortunately he has lost his job because of the way things have gone this season.”

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Sorry Micki! Mourinho apologised for 'unfair' substitution

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was taken off at half-time in Manchester United's win over Derby County but Jose Mourinho insists he did not deserve it.

Jose Mourinho Takes Extraordinary 'Match-Fixing' Swipe at Antonio Conte as War of Words Escalates

​Jose Mourinho has taken an extraordinary swipe at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, escalating a war of words between the pair after the Italian had said his counterpart may have ‘senile dementia’ during his press conference on Friday. The United boss saw his side beat ​Derby County 2-0 in the FA Cup on Friday night, though earlier this week had ​labelled some of his rival bosses as "clowns" for acting wildly on the touchlines. ​Chelsea boss Conte and ​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were,...

Jose Mourinho Takes Extraordinary 'Match-Fixing' Swipe at Antonio Conte as War of Words Escalates

​Jose Mourinho has taken an extraordinary swipe at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, escalating a war of words between the pair after the Italian had said his counterpart may have ‘senile dementia’ during his press conference on Friday. The United boss saw his side beat ​Derby County 2-0 in the FA Cup on Friday night, though earlier this week had ​labelled some of his rival bosses as "clowns" for acting wildly on the touchlines. ​Chelsea boss Conte and ​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp were,...

Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte and says: 'I will never be suspended for match fixing'

Jose Mourinho opened a new front in his extraordinary dispute with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday night by making a reference to the match-fixing scandal the Italian was involved but acquitted in during his time in charge of the then Serie B club Siena eight years ago. The Manchester United manager made the reference at the end of a remarkable day in which Conte had earlier accused him of losing his mind, using the Italian phrase “demenza senile” – literally senile dementia - for Mourinho’s comments about other managers’ behaviour on the touchline. Mourinho opened his post-match press conference after the 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup third round by saying that Conte had been misled over the nature of his comments. He claimed that he had never been referring to Conte when he spoke about “clowns” on the touchline and that the media had created the connection independent of him. “The question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he [Conte] had that out of control reaction,” Mourinho said. “But I don’t blame him at all. I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said  he behaved like a clown.” Then after a long explanation about “mistakes” he had made celebrating wildly in the past, Mourinho made a reference, apropos of nothing, to match-fixing. “The only way I want to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline and yes I will make less but I’ll still make a few. What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and it will never happen.” Mourinho (L) and Conte do not see eye to eye Credit: AFP Minutes later, Mourinho was asked directly whether his point about match-fixing related directly to Conte. In 2010 Conte was suspended by the Italian football association (FIGC) for ten months for failing to report match-fixing in two Siena games. In 2012 the ban was reduced to four months on appeal. In May 2016 a judge cleared Conte, by then Italy manager, of any wrongdoing and he took over at Chelsea in the following July.   When Mourinho was asked directly if he wished to clarify whether he was referring to Conte, he first replied “Sorry?” When it was then put to him that at one point Conte was charged with failing to report match-fixing and did he wish to clarify his answer a second time, the Portuguese coach said “Did he [Conte]? Not me.”  

Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte and says: 'I will never be suspended for match fixing'

Jose Mourinho opened a new front in his extraordinary dispute with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday night by making a reference to the match-fixing scandal the Italian was involved but acquitted in during his time in charge of the then Serie B club Siena eight years ago. The Manchester United manager made the reference at the end of a remarkable day in which Conte had earlier accused him of losing his mind, using the Italian phrase “demenza senile” – literally senile dementia - for Mourinho’s comments about other managers’ behaviour on the touchline. Mourinho opened his post-match press conference after the 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup third round by saying that Conte had been misled over the nature of his comments. He claimed that he had never been referring to Conte when he spoke about “clowns” on the touchline and that the media had created the connection independent of him. “The question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he [Conte] had that out of control reaction,” Mourinho said. “But I don’t blame him at all. I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said  he behaved like a clown.” Then after a long explanation about “mistakes” he had made celebrating wildly in the past, Mourinho made a reference, apropos of nothing, to match-fixing. “The only way I want to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline and yes I will make less but I’ll still make a few. What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and it will never happen.” Mourinho (L) and Conte do not see eye to eye Credit: AFP Minutes later, Mourinho was asked directly whether his point about match-fixing related directly to Conte. In 2010 Conte was suspended by the Italian football association (FIGC) for ten months for failing to report match-fixing in two Siena games. In 2012 the ban was reduced to four months on appeal. In May 2016 a judge cleared Conte, by then Italy manager, of any wrongdoing and he took over at Chelsea in the following July.   When Mourinho was asked directly if he wished to clarify whether he was referring to Conte, he first replied “Sorry?” When it was then put to him that at one point Conte was charged with failing to report match-fixing and did he wish to clarify his answer a second time, the Portuguese coach said “Did he [Conte]? Not me.”  

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Jesse Lingard warms up before the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their first goal with Anthony Martial Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring their first goal with Anthony Martial Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in action with Derby County's Tom Huddlestone REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Manchester United 2 Derby County 0: Lingard, Lukaku late show sends Red Devils through

Manchester United left it late, but Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku earned a 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Derby County.

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

By the end of the night, Jose Mourinho could laugh about it all, saying that the key reason his Manchester United players had been so keen to avoid an FA Cup replay with Derby County was that it wold mean the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Dubai on Monday. Yet by then the United manager had already subtly ignited his row with Antonio Conte in their battle of claim and counter-claim and another huge dispute in the history of the modern game’s most controversial coach was gently smouldering. Having accused the media of concocting a row over his remarks about managers behaving like “clowns”, Mourinho then started something potentially much bigger over the historic match-fixing  allegations of which Conte was eventually cleared. The cynical view is that it all drew attention away from another lukewarm United performance, who left it until the final six minutes to finally score the goals against the Championship’s second-place team and reach the fourth round on  another night when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to spark. It was Jesse Lingard, the home-grown star who rode to the rescue again and there was a first goal in five games from Romelu Lukaku, a half-time replacement for Mkhitaryan. United will go to Dubai on Monday providing Stoke City eliminate Coventry City, which means that the two Premier League sides will meet on Jan 15, giving Mourinho’s players the extended break. “If we have a replay we don’t go to Dubai and everybody wants to go,” he said. “Did you see the players celebrating the second goal? Everybody wants to go, everybody wants a week of good training, good facilities, sun. Everybody wants to go but now it depends on Stoke’s result. If they draw we don’t go to Dubai!” Jesse Lingard needs to calm down ���� A magnificent strike from a man in the form of his life! �� pic.twitter.com/eGW2arVvLq— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2018 United had 28 attempts on the Derby goal and ten on target but it was Lingard’s fine strike, his fourth in four games, that at last broke the deadlock. Gary Rowett made six changes to his Derby side but there was no lack of ambition in the line-up. The former Manchester United academy boy Tom Lawrence and striker Sam Winnall both worked hard and the visitors were never discouraged from the notion that there might be an error in this home team. Derby had to rely upon their goalkeeper Scott Carson too, fleetingly an England international and now more than ten years on from his cameo part in the catastrophic end to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Carson, 32, has always been a very decent stopper of shots and twice in the first half he flung himself at free-kicks from Juan Mata and then Paul Pogba and reached the ball when others might have failed. It was from Mkhitaryan’s cross that Marcus Rashford headed against a post in the 35th minute when it really looked like United had at last made the breakthrough. In the second half the young Englishman pinged one from the right off the inside of Carson’s right-hand post. With 13 minutes left the goalkeeper saved again from Lingard and Pogba missed badly with the rebound. Romelu Lukaku celebrates making it 2-0 to United Credit: reuters For the final ten minutes Mourinho sent on Maroaune Fellaini, his first game since the win at home over Brighton on Nov 25. He opened up by rising to send a ferocious defensive header away from goal and then stationed himself on the right, awaiting the diagonal cross that he prefers to gallop on to. But it was Lingard who finally seized the moment, taking a knock-down from Lukaku on his right foot and driving a shot with enough fade past Carson’s left hand and into the Derby goal. It was one of those moments when an opposition manager simply has to acknowledge that he is up against a better set of individual talents, although as a team there could be no question that Derby pushed their famous opposition right to the end with Lukaku’s late finish finally settling the matter. Derby County midfielder Andreas Weimann tries to win the ball off Juan Mata  Credit: reuters That goal began when United, defending in their own area, broke with Pogba’s long hit to Lukaku, who took the ball on his chest and began the sequence that ended in the second goal. He and fellow substitute Anthony Martial made the goal but for a long time United looked like they might have to play again for a place in the fourth round. Rowett’s team showed that they have the ability to live with Premier League opposition and afterwards their manager said that he felt the game had been a bigger deal for United than his club, in search of promotion from the Championship. “We spoke about having no pressure but really for me it was a test to see who could handle it,” he said, and for the most part they did until Lingard’s match-winner. 9:58PM United through The scoreline is a little harsh on Derby, but United were deserved winners on the balance of play and the chances created. And that Lingard goal...woof. Another brilliant goal from someone who is not to everyone's tastes, but is one of the Premier League's form players at the moment.  9:50PM Full-time That's it. Lingard and Lukaku's late goals have ensured United's safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round.  It finishes: Man Utd 2 Derby 0.  9:49PM 90+2 min Three minutes of time to be added on.  9:49PM GOAL! Man Utd 2 Derby 0 (Lukaku 90') That's a bit harsh on Derby, but it's another lovely United goal. Derby are over-committed, and Lukaku does brilliantly to hold off a couple of defenders and then finish cooly with his right foot after exchanging passes with Martial. Game, set and match - United in the fourth round.  9:45PM 88 min Huddlestone has a go from range, which deflects wide off Blind. Friend though misses the deflection and awards a goal kick.  9:44PM 87 min That's now eight goals in 10 games for Lingard. Can Derby respond? They're still getting men forward gamely, but the time is ticking away.  9:42PM GOAL! Man Utd 1 Derby 0 (Lingard 84') The deadlock is broken at last, and it's heartbreak for Carson. But what a goal by Lingard! Lukaku's lay off sits up nicely, and Lingard absolutely a thwacks a perler of a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.  Suffice it to say, he has celebrated with a silly dance.  84' - GOAALLLLLLL! It's @JesseLingard again! What a hit! pic.twitter.com/JstfzYIQlR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2018 9:40PM 83 min Derby have the ball in the net, but Keogh was mindlessly offside when he whipped in a cross that ended up being bundled into the United goal.  9:39PM 81 min Fellaini's first act is to absolutely clatter Thorne around the half-way line. Derby make their last change - Bennett on for the impressive Lawrence, who is ushered off the pitch by referee Fwend to prevent him wasting time.  9:37PM 80 min You hear a lot in these games that 'neither side wants a replay'. I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to give sides the choice in these games, and they can decide to settle it on the night. Obviously it would need to be unanimous so as not to screw lower-league teams out of lucrative replays. Anyway, that's probably one for another day.  Final change for United - Fellaini on for Rashford, who twice hit the post.  9:35PM 78 min Another huge let-off for Derby. First Carson parries close-range Lingard's effort, and then Pogba makes a mess of the rebound and scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the box.  Derby respond with a change - Hanson on for Russell, as Rowett looks to stiffen up his midfield.  9:34PM 77 min Thrilling end-to-end stuff now, as Weimann gets tackled by Herrera when attempting to break clear before Marial digs out a cross that Lukaku heads onto the post. The Belgian was actually flagged offside, but Derby living a little dangerously.  9:32PM 75 min The only disappointment for Derby tonight has been the fact they haven't done more with any of their numerous counter-attacks. They break again here, but Wisdom ends up getting into a muddle and Shaw is able to snuff out the danger.  9:29PM 72 min Good save Carson again to block a left-footed effort from Rashford. Rashford then gets another chance from a similar inside-right position about 12 yards out, and he strikes the ball brilliantly but it cannons off the post and away to safety. So unlucky for United there, excellent effort - and the second time Rashford has been denied by the woodwork tonight.  Marcus Rashford can't believe his luck  Credit: Action Images 9:27PM 70 min Looks like Martial has taken up a position wide left, so Rashford has moved to the right. That makes it three positions played by Rashford tonight.  Pogba meanwhile has another go at goal, but he puts a first-time shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide. United starting to monopolise possession - they're up to 68 per cent.  9:25PM 68 min Lingard is probing around the edge of the box and trying to make something happen. There's so little space though, and he ends up leaning back and sending a hopeful 20-yard shot a few feet over.  Derby now play their trump card and replace Winnall with their top scorer Vydra. United also make a change - Martial on for Mata. Both teams going for it here.  9:23PM 66 min Derby counter with purpose again, but Shaw does well to stay with Russell and make a very good challenge.  9:21PM 65 min Suddenly it all feels very last-ditch for Serby, as Wisdom hurriedly gets a block in as Herrera tries to break clear. United showing a lot more purpose in the last few minutes, and the supporters have responded in kind.  Juan Mata has a free-kick well saved by Scott Catson Credit: AFP 9:19PM 62 min Pogba has another sighter from range, and again Carson is equal to it. The Derby keeper has been very solid this evening. A couple of his team-mates are starting to look a little leggy however... 9:17PM 60 min Good effort from Lawrence from about 25 yards out that Romero beats away. Lawrence, the former United trainee, has been impressive tonight with his direct running. The midfielder then puts in a couple of corners that United deal with pretty comfortably.  9:15PM 59 min Wisdom gets himself in a tangle trying to shepherd the ball out, which ends with him bundling Rashford to the floor in a dangerous area out wide on the left. Rashford's free-kick is terrible though, and doesn't beat the first man.  Meanwhile, Sam Wallace is at Old Trafford, and on manager style watch as ever.  Gary Rowett's all-black gear incl. tapered slacks & trainer-shoe hybrids clear statement a) Derby not intimidated, & b) he's going straight out in Spinningfields later— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 5, 2018 9:13PM 56 min Lukaku should do better with a close-range header, but he skews his effort wide from Rashford's inswinging corner. Moments later Lukaku's right-wing cross is just too strong for Mata to get on the end of.  9:11PM 54 min United force a corner and pin Derby back, which eventually leads to a long-range effort from Mata that Carson beats away, and then a left-footed curler from Pogba that arcs just wide.  Marcus Olsson of Derby County evades Jesse Lingard of Manchester United  Credit: Getty Images 9:08PM 51 min So close for Derby! Lawrence's free-kick is cleared only as far as Huddlestone, who catches his shot from the edge of the shot beautifully, but it deflects just wide off Shaw.  Really enjoyable match this, with chances at both ends.  9:05PM 49 min Second game running for Mkhitaryan that he's been hooked early. You have to wonder if he'll still be at United come the end of the month. His replacement Lukaku almost gets on the end of another dangerous Mata cross.  9:03PM 46 min Right, there's the answer to my question straight away! Lukaku is on for Mkhitaryan. Again, pretty harsh on Mkhitaryan, but he's become Mourinho's  fall guy in recent weeks. It looks like Lukaku will move up top, and Rashford will take up a position wide on the left.  We're back under way... 8:50PM First-half summary A very impressive opening 45 minutes from Derby, who have defended doggedly and carried a real threat on the counter. They've relied on Carson to make a couple of good stops, and Rashford missed that gilt-edged headed chance, but overall it's been pretty even with chances at both ends.  How long until Mourinho decides to throw Lukaku on?  Marcus Rashford has a go for United in the first half Credit: Getty Images 8:47PM Half-time Olsson again finds himself in acres of space down the Derby left, and his inviting cross is punched clear a little anxiously by Romero.  It's the last action of a very enjoyable first half that ends Man Utd 0 Derby 0.  8:44PM 43 min Lawrence rugby tackles Pogba to the ground about 30 yards out for an obvious free-kick. It's a few yards left of centre so Pogba fancies it and has a go that's well saved by Carson. Again, it's pretty central so a stop you'd expect the keeper to make, but a very decent hit from Pogba.  8:41PM 40 min Shaw has started to see a lot more of the ball in advanced areas in the last few minutes, while Mkhitaryan is finding pockets of space. Derby look a little as if they're counting down to half-time.  8:39PM 38 min United have suddenly upped it, and Rashford has another headed chance. This one is a bit further out and a tougher chance, which Rashford heads straight at Carson. Lovely left-wing cross from Mata to set up the opening.  Paul Pogba gets on the ball Credit: Getty Images 8:37PM 36 min How has that stayed out? Mkhitaryan floats in a beauty of a cross from the left that finds Rashford plum in front of goal six yards out. The striker looks a touch tentative though and flicks his header onto the post. Huge sigh of relief for Derby - that looked for all the world like it was about to be 1-0.  8:34PM 33 min After a bright opening, it's been a bit flat for United in the last five to 10 minutes. Derby have really grown into it.  8:31PM 31 min Derby earn themselves a free-kick in a good cross position down their right. Lawrence inexplicably decides instead to have a go at goal and blast the ball as hard as he can. Suffice it to say, it ends with the ball somewhere in the Stretford End.  8:30PM 29 min Another decent Derby chance. Weimann sidesteps a couple of United challenges down the Derby left, and squares it for Winnall, who has long enough to set himself for the shot but drags his effort wide from the edge of the box.  Derby really should have done more with these opportunities.  8:27PM 26 min It's a pretty open game, this. Both of Derby's full-backs are bombing forward at every opportunity, and they've certainly not come here to just sit back and defend.  8:24PM 23 min Best effort of the night from Derby so far, as Olsson gets a brilliant header away from Russell's cross, and Romero is forced to make a sprawling one-handed save to his left.  Sam Winnall of Derby County competes with Ander Herrera of Manchester United  Credit: getty images 8:23PM 22 min United's three forwards are finding so much space between the lines, and this time it's Mata who gets on the ball and wins a free-kick off Pearce just outside the Derby penalty area. Mata then takes the free-kick himself, and it's a decent effort, but Carson gets across to make the save. It was the keeper's side and a fairly regulation stop.  8:21PM 19 min Big chance for Rashford, who works a yard in the area after receiving Mkhitaryan's pass, but then fires over. Still no breakthrough for United.  8:19PM 18 min Rashford tries one of those Ronaldo-style knuckleball efforts from range, but his effort fizzes a few yards wide of Carson's goal.  8:18PM 17 min Almost an action replay of my last post, as Lawrence again eats up the yards to get to within shooting distance but again plays it sideways for Winnall, who is dispossessed.  8:16PM 15 min Dangerous break from Derby, led by Lawrence, who flies forward towards the edge of the United box. He decides to pass to Winnall rather than shooting though, and Lindelof can get back to make the tackle. Encouraging last few minutes for the visitors.  8:14PM 12 min Lingard does brilliantly to control the ball dead on the half-turn around 35 yards out. He then charges forward and slips in Mkhitaryan down the right, but the Armenian horribly overhits his cross.  That will not have impressed Mourinho.  George Thorne and Tom Huddlestone of Derby County battle with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images 8:12PM 10 min Derby venture forward for the first time in the match, but Olsson's cross from the left is easily headed away by Smalling.  8:11PM 9 min Another decent effort from Pogba - this one is on his left foot and arcs just wide from about 25 yards out. Pogba bossing things, with Mata also busy.  8:09PM 8 min It's all United early on, and the right-back Lindelof fizzes in a dangerous low cross that evades everyone.  8:08PM 6 min Pogba is buzzing early on, and he tries his luck from about 25 yards out. It's straight down Carson's throat though, and the goalie makes the save. Actually thinking about it, that wasn't too dissimilar an effort from the Kranjcar one Carson famously let in for England in that fateful Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.  8:05PM 4 min Early chance for United is thwacked over by Lingard from about 12 yards. The opportunity was all about Pogba though, who bamboozled three Derby defenders with some sublime quick feet before playing a perfect pull-back for Lingard. Pogba often reminds me of that kid in the playground who was just too big and skillful for everyone else.  8:03PM 2 min Two minutes in and the Derby fans are already taunting their United counterparts with chants of "Is this a library?" 8:02PM 1 min Fair play to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who's opted for short sleeves despite the wind and chilly temperature.  8:01PM Kick-off We're under way at Old Trafford. Kevin Friend is the referee.  8:01PM Players are out The teams take to the pitch, looks like a decent crowd. A reminder of the two line-ups: Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.  Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. Derby (4-2-3-1): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall.  Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Both teams' top scorer is on the bench, in Lukaku and Vydra. It's a very strong United team, while Derby have made six changes from Monday's draw with Sheffield United.  Think United will win 3-1 for what it's worth.  Credit: REUTERS 7:55PM Banana skin United of course have already lost to a Championship team this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in the League Cup. Will history repeat itself tonight? We will find out in literally minutes. Credit: Getty Images 7:40PM How they're set up Both teams line up in a 4-2-3-1, as follows: Man Utd: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Derby: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall. 7:30PM Here's that Fergie rant I was talking about Just listen to the way he says Ja-PAN.  7:14PM Pre-match nerves  'Just go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Don't let the occasion pass you by.' Credit: PA 7:02PM Derby team news Derby XI: Carson, Keogh, Russell, Lawrence, Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall, Weimann, Olsson, Thorne, Huddlestone. Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Derby have made six changes (one more than United) from the side that drew with Sheffield United on New Year's Day. Top scorer Matej Vydra is on the bench, which is a shame.    Former Premier League players in the Derby squad tonight include Liverpool rejects Scott Carson and Andre Wisdom, ex-Tottenham and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, and former Manchester City and Leicester striker (with a goal every 11 minutes for England) Dave Nugent.  6:53PM United team news The United team is in, and it looks like this: Man United XI: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. That is a very strong United team, just five changes from the team that beat Everton on Monday, and no real drop off in quality with the players that have come in.  6:04PM Preview So here we are, at long, long last. After 13 years and 58 matches, a Manchester United FA Cup fixture is not being televised in the UK.  The last time we had this situation, Lionel Messi was yet to score for Barcelona, Arsenal were the Premier League champions, and Twitter had not yet been launched. (Out of interest I wonder what arbitrary timestamps we would use for the present day if by 2031 United had been on another 13-year run of uninterrupted coverage.)  Anyway, in the match in question, FA Cup holders United were held to a 0-0 draw by Exeter City in the third round of the competition in January 2005. United's opponents tonight Derby will hope that proves to be an omen for them this evening at Old Trafford. Their daunting task will likely be made a bit easier by the expectation that Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes, with fringe players like Scott McTominay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian pushing for starts.  Derby manager Gary Rowett may also be tempted into rotating his team, given that his side are second in the Championship, and promotion is the club's clear priority. With eight days until their next match though, there's no reason for Rowett to select a scratch side.  January 2018 transfer window The last time these teams met was also in the FA Cup, in a fourth-round match two years ago that United won 3-1 at Pride Park. Derby though do have a couple of (relatively) recent wins at Old Trafford to cheer them.  In May 2001 a Malcolm Christie goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Jim Smith's team, while four years earlier they stunned the champions 3-2 thanks in large part to a staggering debut performance from the Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope. The leggy striker scored a sensational goal that involved slaloming his way through four United defenders, and was later voted the greatest goal in Derby's history at the club's 125-year celebrations in 2009.  The match was also significant because it prompted an extraordinary rant from Sir Alex Ferguson about his new adversary Arsene Wenger, who had played down Ferguson's complaints about fixture congestion. "He has no experience of English football," Ferguson said. "He's come from JaPAN [ the 'pan' of 'Japan' is emphasised with utter disdain] and is now into English football, and is now telling everybody in England how to organise their football." Will tonight's game be as memorable? Almost certainly not, but let's still spend two hours of our lives following United's fringe players cruising to a 3-1 win. Team news should be with us at about 7pm. 

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

By the end of the night, Jose Mourinho could laugh about it all, saying that the key reason his Manchester United players had been so keen to avoid an FA Cup replay with Derby County was that it wold mean the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Dubai on Monday. Yet by then the United manager had already subtly ignited his row with Antonio Conte in their battle of claim and counter-claim and another huge dispute in the history of the modern game’s most controversial coach was gently smouldering. Having accused the media of concocting a row over his remarks about managers behaving like “clowns”, Mourinho then started something potentially much bigger over the historic match-fixing  allegations of which Conte was eventually cleared. The cynical view is that it all drew attention away from another lukewarm United performance, who left it until the final six minutes to finally score the goals against the Championship’s second-place team and reach the fourth round on  another night when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to spark. It was Jesse Lingard, the home-grown star who rode to the rescue again and there was a first goal in five games from Romelu Lukaku, a half-time replacement for Mkhitaryan. United will go to Dubai on Monday providing Stoke City eliminate Coventry City, which means that the two Premier League sides will meet on Jan 15, giving Mourinho’s players the extended break. “If we have a replay we don’t go to Dubai and everybody wants to go,” he said. “Did you see the players celebrating the second goal? Everybody wants to go, everybody wants a week of good training, good facilities, sun. Everybody wants to go but now it depends on Stoke’s result. If they draw we don’t go to Dubai!” Jesse Lingard needs to calm down ���� A magnificent strike from a man in the form of his life! �� pic.twitter.com/eGW2arVvLq— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2018 United had 28 attempts on the Derby goal and ten on target but it was Lingard’s fine strike, his fourth in four games, that at last broke the deadlock. Gary Rowett made six changes to his Derby side but there was no lack of ambition in the line-up. The former Manchester United academy boy Tom Lawrence and striker Sam Winnall both worked hard and the visitors were never discouraged from the notion that there might be an error in this home team. Derby had to rely upon their goalkeeper Scott Carson too, fleetingly an England international and now more than ten years on from his cameo part in the catastrophic end to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Carson, 32, has always been a very decent stopper of shots and twice in the first half he flung himself at free-kicks from Juan Mata and then Paul Pogba and reached the ball when others might have failed. It was from Mkhitaryan’s cross that Marcus Rashford headed against a post in the 35th minute when it really looked like United had at last made the breakthrough. In the second half the young Englishman pinged one from the right off the inside of Carson’s right-hand post. With 13 minutes left the goalkeeper saved again from Lingard and Pogba missed badly with the rebound. Romelu Lukaku celebrates making it 2-0 to United Credit: reuters For the final ten minutes Mourinho sent on Maroaune Fellaini, his first game since the win at home over Brighton on Nov 25. He opened up by rising to send a ferocious defensive header away from goal and then stationed himself on the right, awaiting the diagonal cross that he prefers to gallop on to. But it was Lingard who finally seized the moment, taking a knock-down from Lukaku on his right foot and driving a shot with enough fade past Carson’s left hand and into the Derby goal. It was one of those moments when an opposition manager simply has to acknowledge that he is up against a better set of individual talents, although as a team there could be no question that Derby pushed their famous opposition right to the end with Lukaku’s late finish finally settling the matter. Derby County midfielder Andreas Weimann tries to win the ball off Juan Mata  Credit: reuters That goal began when United, defending in their own area, broke with Pogba’s long hit to Lukaku, who took the ball on his chest and began the sequence that ended in the second goal. He and fellow substitute Anthony Martial made the goal but for a long time United looked like they might have to play again for a place in the fourth round. Rowett’s team showed that they have the ability to live with Premier League opposition and afterwards their manager said that he felt the game had been a bigger deal for United than his club, in search of promotion from the Championship. “We spoke about having no pressure but really for me it was a test to see who could handle it,” he said, and for the most part they did until Lingard’s match-winner. 9:58PM United through The scoreline is a little harsh on Derby, but United were deserved winners on the balance of play and the chances created. And that Lingard goal...woof. Another brilliant goal from someone who is not to everyone's tastes, but is one of the Premier League's form players at the moment.  9:50PM Full-time That's it. Lingard and Lukaku's late goals have ensured United's safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round.  It finishes: Man Utd 2 Derby 0.  9:49PM 90+2 min Three minutes of time to be added on.  9:49PM GOAL! Man Utd 2 Derby 0 (Lukaku 90') That's a bit harsh on Derby, but it's another lovely United goal. Derby are over-committed, and Lukaku does brilliantly to hold off a couple of defenders and then finish cooly with his right foot after exchanging passes with Martial. Game, set and match - United in the fourth round.  9:45PM 88 min Huddlestone has a go from range, which deflects wide off Blind. Friend though misses the deflection and awards a goal kick.  9:44PM 87 min That's now eight goals in 10 games for Lingard. Can Derby respond? They're still getting men forward gamely, but the time is ticking away.  9:42PM GOAL! Man Utd 1 Derby 0 (Lingard 84') The deadlock is broken at last, and it's heartbreak for Carson. But what a goal by Lingard! Lukaku's lay off sits up nicely, and Lingard absolutely a thwacks a perler of a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.  Suffice it to say, he has celebrated with a silly dance.  84' - GOAALLLLLLL! It's @JesseLingard again! What a hit! pic.twitter.com/JstfzYIQlR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2018 9:40PM 83 min Derby have the ball in the net, but Keogh was mindlessly offside when he whipped in a cross that ended up being bundled into the United goal.  9:39PM 81 min Fellaini's first act is to absolutely clatter Thorne around the half-way line. Derby make their last change - Bennett on for the impressive Lawrence, who is ushered off the pitch by referee Fwend to prevent him wasting time.  9:37PM 80 min You hear a lot in these games that 'neither side wants a replay'. I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to give sides the choice in these games, and they can decide to settle it on the night. Obviously it would need to be unanimous so as not to screw lower-league teams out of lucrative replays. Anyway, that's probably one for another day.  Final change for United - Fellaini on for Rashford, who twice hit the post.  9:35PM 78 min Another huge let-off for Derby. First Carson parries close-range Lingard's effort, and then Pogba makes a mess of the rebound and scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the box.  Derby respond with a change - Hanson on for Russell, as Rowett looks to stiffen up his midfield.  9:34PM 77 min Thrilling end-to-end stuff now, as Weimann gets tackled by Herrera when attempting to break clear before Marial digs out a cross that Lukaku heads onto the post. The Belgian was actually flagged offside, but Derby living a little dangerously.  9:32PM 75 min The only disappointment for Derby tonight has been the fact they haven't done more with any of their numerous counter-attacks. They break again here, but Wisdom ends up getting into a muddle and Shaw is able to snuff out the danger.  9:29PM 72 min Good save Carson again to block a left-footed effort from Rashford. Rashford then gets another chance from a similar inside-right position about 12 yards out, and he strikes the ball brilliantly but it cannons off the post and away to safety. So unlucky for United there, excellent effort - and the second time Rashford has been denied by the woodwork tonight.  Marcus Rashford can't believe his luck  Credit: Action Images 9:27PM 70 min Looks like Martial has taken up a position wide left, so Rashford has moved to the right. That makes it three positions played by Rashford tonight.  Pogba meanwhile has another go at goal, but he puts a first-time shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide. United starting to monopolise possession - they're up to 68 per cent.  9:25PM 68 min Lingard is probing around the edge of the box and trying to make something happen. There's so little space though, and he ends up leaning back and sending a hopeful 20-yard shot a few feet over.  Derby now play their trump card and replace Winnall with their top scorer Vydra. United also make a change - Martial on for Mata. Both teams going for it here.  9:23PM 66 min Derby counter with purpose again, but Shaw does well to stay with Russell and make a very good challenge.  9:21PM 65 min Suddenly it all feels very last-ditch for Serby, as Wisdom hurriedly gets a block in as Herrera tries to break clear. United showing a lot more purpose in the last few minutes, and the supporters have responded in kind.  Juan Mata has a free-kick well saved by Scott Catson Credit: AFP 9:19PM 62 min Pogba has another sighter from range, and again Carson is equal to it. The Derby keeper has been very solid this evening. A couple of his team-mates are starting to look a little leggy however... 9:17PM 60 min Good effort from Lawrence from about 25 yards out that Romero beats away. Lawrence, the former United trainee, has been impressive tonight with his direct running. The midfielder then puts in a couple of corners that United deal with pretty comfortably.  9:15PM 59 min Wisdom gets himself in a tangle trying to shepherd the ball out, which ends with him bundling Rashford to the floor in a dangerous area out wide on the left. Rashford's free-kick is terrible though, and doesn't beat the first man.  Meanwhile, Sam Wallace is at Old Trafford, and on manager style watch as ever.  Gary Rowett's all-black gear incl. tapered slacks & trainer-shoe hybrids clear statement a) Derby not intimidated, & b) he's going straight out in Spinningfields later— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 5, 2018 9:13PM 56 min Lukaku should do better with a close-range header, but he skews his effort wide from Rashford's inswinging corner. Moments later Lukaku's right-wing cross is just too strong for Mata to get on the end of.  9:11PM 54 min United force a corner and pin Derby back, which eventually leads to a long-range effort from Mata that Carson beats away, and then a left-footed curler from Pogba that arcs just wide.  Marcus Olsson of Derby County evades Jesse Lingard of Manchester United  Credit: Getty Images 9:08PM 51 min So close for Derby! Lawrence's free-kick is cleared only as far as Huddlestone, who catches his shot from the edge of the shot beautifully, but it deflects just wide off Shaw.  Really enjoyable match this, with chances at both ends.  9:05PM 49 min Second game running for Mkhitaryan that he's been hooked early. You have to wonder if he'll still be at United come the end of the month. His replacement Lukaku almost gets on the end of another dangerous Mata cross.  9:03PM 46 min Right, there's the answer to my question straight away! Lukaku is on for Mkhitaryan. Again, pretty harsh on Mkhitaryan, but he's become Mourinho's  fall guy in recent weeks. It looks like Lukaku will move up top, and Rashford will take up a position wide on the left.  We're back under way... 8:50PM First-half summary A very impressive opening 45 minutes from Derby, who have defended doggedly and carried a real threat on the counter. They've relied on Carson to make a couple of good stops, and Rashford missed that gilt-edged headed chance, but overall it's been pretty even with chances at both ends.  How long until Mourinho decides to throw Lukaku on?  Marcus Rashford has a go for United in the first half Credit: Getty Images 8:47PM Half-time Olsson again finds himself in acres of space down the Derby left, and his inviting cross is punched clear a little anxiously by Romero.  It's the last action of a very enjoyable first half that ends Man Utd 0 Derby 0.  8:44PM 43 min Lawrence rugby tackles Pogba to the ground about 30 yards out for an obvious free-kick. It's a few yards left of centre so Pogba fancies it and has a go that's well saved by Carson. Again, it's pretty central so a stop you'd expect the keeper to make, but a very decent hit from Pogba.  8:41PM 40 min Shaw has started to see a lot more of the ball in advanced areas in the last few minutes, while Mkhitaryan is finding pockets of space. Derby look a little as if they're counting down to half-time.  8:39PM 38 min United have suddenly upped it, and Rashford has another headed chance. This one is a bit further out and a tougher chance, which Rashford heads straight at Carson. Lovely left-wing cross from Mata to set up the opening.  Paul Pogba gets on the ball Credit: Getty Images 8:37PM 36 min How has that stayed out? Mkhitaryan floats in a beauty of a cross from the left that finds Rashford plum in front of goal six yards out. The striker looks a touch tentative though and flicks his header onto the post. Huge sigh of relief for Derby - that looked for all the world like it was about to be 1-0.  8:34PM 33 min After a bright opening, it's been a bit flat for United in the last five to 10 minutes. Derby have really grown into it.  8:31PM 31 min Derby earn themselves a free-kick in a good cross position down their right. Lawrence inexplicably decides instead to have a go at goal and blast the ball as hard as he can. Suffice it to say, it ends with the ball somewhere in the Stretford End.  8:30PM 29 min Another decent Derby chance. Weimann sidesteps a couple of United challenges down the Derby left, and squares it for Winnall, who has long enough to set himself for the shot but drags his effort wide from the edge of the box.  Derby really should have done more with these opportunities.  8:27PM 26 min It's a pretty open game, this. Both of Derby's full-backs are bombing forward at every opportunity, and they've certainly not come here to just sit back and defend.  8:24PM 23 min Best effort of the night from Derby so far, as Olsson gets a brilliant header away from Russell's cross, and Romero is forced to make a sprawling one-handed save to his left.  Sam Winnall of Derby County competes with Ander Herrera of Manchester United  Credit: getty images 8:23PM 22 min United's three forwards are finding so much space between the lines, and this time it's Mata who gets on the ball and wins a free-kick off Pearce just outside the Derby penalty area. Mata then takes the free-kick himself, and it's a decent effort, but Carson gets across to make the save. It was the keeper's side and a fairly regulation stop.  8:21PM 19 min Big chance for Rashford, who works a yard in the area after receiving Mkhitaryan's pass, but then fires over. Still no breakthrough for United.  8:19PM 18 min Rashford tries one of those Ronaldo-style knuckleball efforts from range, but his effort fizzes a few yards wide of Carson's goal.  8:18PM 17 min Almost an action replay of my last post, as Lawrence again eats up the yards to get to within shooting distance but again plays it sideways for Winnall, who is dispossessed.  8:16PM 15 min Dangerous break from Derby, led by Lawrence, who flies forward towards the edge of the United box. He decides to pass to Winnall rather than shooting though, and Lindelof can get back to make the tackle. Encouraging last few minutes for the visitors.  8:14PM 12 min Lingard does brilliantly to control the ball dead on the half-turn around 35 yards out. He then charges forward and slips in Mkhitaryan down the right, but the Armenian horribly overhits his cross.  That will not have impressed Mourinho.  George Thorne and Tom Huddlestone of Derby County battle with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images 8:12PM 10 min Derby venture forward for the first time in the match, but Olsson's cross from the left is easily headed away by Smalling.  8:11PM 9 min Another decent effort from Pogba - this one is on his left foot and arcs just wide from about 25 yards out. Pogba bossing things, with Mata also busy.  8:09PM 8 min It's all United early on, and the right-back Lindelof fizzes in a dangerous low cross that evades everyone.  8:08PM 6 min Pogba is buzzing early on, and he tries his luck from about 25 yards out. It's straight down Carson's throat though, and the goalie makes the save. Actually thinking about it, that wasn't too dissimilar an effort from the Kranjcar one Carson famously let in for England in that fateful Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.  8:05PM 4 min Early chance for United is thwacked over by Lingard from about 12 yards. The opportunity was all about Pogba though, who bamboozled three Derby defenders with some sublime quick feet before playing a perfect pull-back for Lingard. Pogba often reminds me of that kid in the playground who was just too big and skillful for everyone else.  8:03PM 2 min Two minutes in and the Derby fans are already taunting their United counterparts with chants of "Is this a library?" 8:02PM 1 min Fair play to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who's opted for short sleeves despite the wind and chilly temperature.  8:01PM Kick-off We're under way at Old Trafford. Kevin Friend is the referee.  8:01PM Players are out The teams take to the pitch, looks like a decent crowd. A reminder of the two line-ups: Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.  Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. Derby (4-2-3-1): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall.  Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Both teams' top scorer is on the bench, in Lukaku and Vydra. It's a very strong United team, while Derby have made six changes from Monday's draw with Sheffield United.  Think United will win 3-1 for what it's worth.  Credit: REUTERS 7:55PM Banana skin United of course have already lost to a Championship team this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in the League Cup. Will history repeat itself tonight? We will find out in literally minutes. Credit: Getty Images 7:40PM How they're set up Both teams line up in a 4-2-3-1, as follows: Man Utd: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Derby: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall. 7:30PM Here's that Fergie rant I was talking about Just listen to the way he says Ja-PAN.  7:14PM Pre-match nerves  'Just go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Don't let the occasion pass you by.' Credit: PA 7:02PM Derby team news Derby XI: Carson, Keogh, Russell, Lawrence, Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall, Weimann, Olsson, Thorne, Huddlestone. Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Derby have made six changes (one more than United) from the side that drew with Sheffield United on New Year's Day. Top scorer Matej Vydra is on the bench, which is a shame.    Former Premier League players in the Derby squad tonight include Liverpool rejects Scott Carson and Andre Wisdom, ex-Tottenham and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, and former Manchester City and Leicester striker (with a goal every 11 minutes for England) Dave Nugent.  6:53PM United team news The United team is in, and it looks like this: Man United XI: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. That is a very strong United team, just five changes from the team that beat Everton on Monday, and no real drop off in quality with the players that have come in.  6:04PM Preview So here we are, at long, long last. After 13 years and 58 matches, a Manchester United FA Cup fixture is not being televised in the UK.  The last time we had this situation, Lionel Messi was yet to score for Barcelona, Arsenal were the Premier League champions, and Twitter had not yet been launched. (Out of interest I wonder what arbitrary timestamps we would use for the present day if by 2031 United had been on another 13-year run of uninterrupted coverage.)  Anyway, in the match in question, FA Cup holders United were held to a 0-0 draw by Exeter City in the third round of the competition in January 2005. United's opponents tonight Derby will hope that proves to be an omen for them this evening at Old Trafford. Their daunting task will likely be made a bit easier by the expectation that Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes, with fringe players like Scott McTominay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian pushing for starts.  Derby manager Gary Rowett may also be tempted into rotating his team, given that his side are second in the Championship, and promotion is the club's clear priority. With eight days until their next match though, there's no reason for Rowett to select a scratch side.  January 2018 transfer window The last time these teams met was also in the FA Cup, in a fourth-round match two years ago that United won 3-1 at Pride Park. Derby though do have a couple of (relatively) recent wins at Old Trafford to cheer them.  In May 2001 a Malcolm Christie goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Jim Smith's team, while four years earlier they stunned the champions 3-2 thanks in large part to a staggering debut performance from the Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope. The leggy striker scored a sensational goal that involved slaloming his way through four United defenders, and was later voted the greatest goal in Derby's history at the club's 125-year celebrations in 2009.  The match was also significant because it prompted an extraordinary rant from Sir Alex Ferguson about his new adversary Arsene Wenger, who had played down Ferguson's complaints about fixture congestion. "He has no experience of English football," Ferguson said. "He's come from JaPAN [ the 'pan' of 'Japan' is emphasised with utter disdain] and is now into English football, and is now telling everybody in England how to organise their football." Will tonight's game be as memorable? Almost certainly not, but let's still spend two hours of our lives following United's fringe players cruising to a 3-1 win. Team news should be with us at about 7pm. 

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

By the end of the night, Jose Mourinho could laugh about it all, saying that the key reason his Manchester United players had been so keen to avoid an FA Cup replay with Derby County was that it wold mean the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Dubai on Monday. Yet by then the United manager had already subtly ignited his row with Antonio Conte in their battle of claim and counter-claim and another huge dispute in the history of the modern game’s most controversial coach was gently smouldering. Having accused the media of concocting a row over his remarks about managers behaving like “clowns”, Mourinho then started something potentially much bigger over the historic match-fixing  allegations of which Conte was eventually cleared. The cynical view is that it all drew attention away from another lukewarm United performance, who left it until the final six minutes to finally score the goals against the Championship’s second-place team and reach the fourth round on  another night when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to spark. It was Jesse Lingard, the home-grown star who rode to the rescue again and there was a first goal in five games from Romelu Lukaku, a half-time replacement for Mkhitaryan. United will go to Dubai on Monday providing Stoke City eliminate Coventry City, which means that the two Premier League sides will meet on Jan 15, giving Mourinho’s players the extended break. “If we have a replay we don’t go to Dubai and everybody wants to go,” he said. “Did you see the players celebrating the second goal? Everybody wants to go, everybody wants a week of good training, good facilities, sun. Everybody wants to go but now it depends on Stoke’s result. If they draw we don’t go to Dubai!” Jesse Lingard needs to calm down ���� A magnificent strike from a man in the form of his life! �� pic.twitter.com/eGW2arVvLq— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2018 United had 28 attempts on the Derby goal and ten on target but it was Lingard’s fine strike, his fourth in four games, that at last broke the deadlock. Gary Rowett made six changes to his Derby side but there was no lack of ambition in the line-up. The former Manchester United academy boy Tom Lawrence and striker Sam Winnall both worked hard and the visitors were never discouraged from the notion that there might be an error in this home team. Derby had to rely upon their goalkeeper Scott Carson too, fleetingly an England international and now more than ten years on from his cameo part in the catastrophic end to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Carson, 32, has always been a very decent stopper of shots and twice in the first half he flung himself at free-kicks from Juan Mata and then Paul Pogba and reached the ball when others might have failed. It was from Mkhitaryan’s cross that Marcus Rashford headed against a post in the 35th minute when it really looked like United had at last made the breakthrough. In the second half the young Englishman pinged one from the right off the inside of Carson’s right-hand post. With 13 minutes left the goalkeeper saved again from Lingard and Pogba missed badly with the rebound. Romelu Lukaku celebrates making it 2-0 to United Credit: reuters For the final ten minutes Mourinho sent on Maroaune Fellaini, his first game since the win at home over Brighton on Nov 25. He opened up by rising to send a ferocious defensive header away from goal and then stationed himself on the right, awaiting the diagonal cross that he prefers to gallop on to. But it was Lingard who finally seized the moment, taking a knock-down from Lukaku on his right foot and driving a shot with enough fade past Carson’s left hand and into the Derby goal. It was one of those moments when an opposition manager simply has to acknowledge that he is up against a better set of individual talents, although as a team there could be no question that Derby pushed their famous opposition right to the end with Lukaku’s late finish finally settling the matter. Derby County midfielder Andreas Weimann tries to win the ball off Juan Mata  Credit: reuters That goal began when United, defending in their own area, broke with Pogba’s long hit to Lukaku, who took the ball on his chest and began the sequence that ended in the second goal. He and fellow substitute Anthony Martial made the goal but for a long time United looked like they might have to play again for a place in the fourth round. Rowett’s team showed that they have the ability to live with Premier League opposition and afterwards their manager said that he felt the game had been a bigger deal for United than his club, in search of promotion from the Championship. “We spoke about having no pressure but really for me it was a test to see who could handle it,” he said, and for the most part they did until Lingard’s match-winner. 9:58PM United through The scoreline is a little harsh on Derby, but United were deserved winners on the balance of play and the chances created. And that Lingard goal...woof. Another brilliant goal from someone who is not to everyone's tastes, but is one of the Premier League's form players at the moment.  9:50PM Full-time That's it. Lingard and Lukaku's late goals have ensured United's safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round.  It finishes: Man Utd 2 Derby 0.  9:49PM 90+2 min Three minutes of time to be added on.  9:49PM GOAL! Man Utd 2 Derby 0 (Lukaku 90') That's a bit harsh on Derby, but it's another lovely United goal. Derby are over-committed, and Lukaku does brilliantly to hold off a couple of defenders and then finish cooly with his right foot after exchanging passes with Martial. Game, set and match - United in the fourth round.  9:45PM 88 min Huddlestone has a go from range, which deflects wide off Blind. Friend though misses the deflection and awards a goal kick.  9:44PM 87 min That's now eight goals in 10 games for Lingard. Can Derby respond? They're still getting men forward gamely, but the time is ticking away.  9:42PM GOAL! Man Utd 1 Derby 0 (Lingard 84') The deadlock is broken at last, and it's heartbreak for Carson. But what a goal by Lingard! Lukaku's lay off sits up nicely, and Lingard absolutely a thwacks a perler of a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.  Suffice it to say, he has celebrated with a silly dance.  84' - GOAALLLLLLL! It's @JesseLingard again! What a hit! pic.twitter.com/JstfzYIQlR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2018 9:40PM 83 min Derby have the ball in the net, but Keogh was mindlessly offside when he whipped in a cross that ended up being bundled into the United goal.  9:39PM 81 min Fellaini's first act is to absolutely clatter Thorne around the half-way line. Derby make their last change - Bennett on for the impressive Lawrence, who is ushered off the pitch by referee Fwend to prevent him wasting time.  9:37PM 80 min You hear a lot in these games that 'neither side wants a replay'. I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to give sides the choice in these games, and they can decide to settle it on the night. Obviously it would need to be unanimous so as not to screw lower-league teams out of lucrative replays. Anyway, that's probably one for another day.  Final change for United - Fellaini on for Rashford, who twice hit the post.  9:35PM 78 min Another huge let-off for Derby. First Carson parries close-range Lingard's effort, and then Pogba makes a mess of the rebound and scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the box.  Derby respond with a change - Hanson on for Russell, as Rowett looks to stiffen up his midfield.  9:34PM 77 min Thrilling end-to-end stuff now, as Weimann gets tackled by Herrera when attempting to break clear before Marial digs out a cross that Lukaku heads onto the post. The Belgian was actually flagged offside, but Derby living a little dangerously.  9:32PM 75 min The only disappointment for Derby tonight has been the fact they haven't done more with any of their numerous counter-attacks. They break again here, but Wisdom ends up getting into a muddle and Shaw is able to snuff out the danger.  9:29PM 72 min Good save Carson again to block a left-footed effort from Rashford. Rashford then gets another chance from a similar inside-right position about 12 yards out, and he strikes the ball brilliantly but it cannons off the post and away to safety. So unlucky for United there, excellent effort - and the second time Rashford has been denied by the woodwork tonight.  Marcus Rashford can't believe his luck  Credit: Action Images 9:27PM 70 min Looks like Martial has taken up a position wide left, so Rashford has moved to the right. That makes it three positions played by Rashford tonight.  Pogba meanwhile has another go at goal, but he puts a first-time shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide. United starting to monopolise possession - they're up to 68 per cent.  9:25PM 68 min Lingard is probing around the edge of the box and trying to make something happen. There's so little space though, and he ends up leaning back and sending a hopeful 20-yard shot a few feet over.  Derby now play their trump card and replace Winnall with their top scorer Vydra. United also make a change - Martial on for Mata. Both teams going for it here.  9:23PM 66 min Derby counter with purpose again, but Shaw does well to stay with Russell and make a very good challenge.  9:21PM 65 min Suddenly it all feels very last-ditch for Serby, as Wisdom hurriedly gets a block in as Herrera tries to break clear. United showing a lot more purpose in the last few minutes, and the supporters have responded in kind.  Juan Mata has a free-kick well saved by Scott Catson Credit: AFP 9:19PM 62 min Pogba has another sighter from range, and again Carson is equal to it. The Derby keeper has been very solid this evening. A couple of his team-mates are starting to look a little leggy however... 9:17PM 60 min Good effort from Lawrence from about 25 yards out that Romero beats away. Lawrence, the former United trainee, has been impressive tonight with his direct running. The midfielder then puts in a couple of corners that United deal with pretty comfortably.  9:15PM 59 min Wisdom gets himself in a tangle trying to shepherd the ball out, which ends with him bundling Rashford to the floor in a dangerous area out wide on the left. Rashford's free-kick is terrible though, and doesn't beat the first man.  Meanwhile, Sam Wallace is at Old Trafford, and on manager style watch as ever.  Gary Rowett's all-black gear incl. tapered slacks & trainer-shoe hybrids clear statement a) Derby not intimidated, & b) he's going straight out in Spinningfields later— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 5, 2018 9:13PM 56 min Lukaku should do better with a close-range header, but he skews his effort wide from Rashford's inswinging corner. Moments later Lukaku's right-wing cross is just too strong for Mata to get on the end of.  9:11PM 54 min United force a corner and pin Derby back, which eventually leads to a long-range effort from Mata that Carson beats away, and then a left-footed curler from Pogba that arcs just wide.  Marcus Olsson of Derby County evades Jesse Lingard of Manchester United  Credit: Getty Images 9:08PM 51 min So close for Derby! Lawrence's free-kick is cleared only as far as Huddlestone, who catches his shot from the edge of the shot beautifully, but it deflects just wide off Shaw.  Really enjoyable match this, with chances at both ends.  9:05PM 49 min Second game running for Mkhitaryan that he's been hooked early. You have to wonder if he'll still be at United come the end of the month. His replacement Lukaku almost gets on the end of another dangerous Mata cross.  9:03PM 46 min Right, there's the answer to my question straight away! Lukaku is on for Mkhitaryan. Again, pretty harsh on Mkhitaryan, but he's become Mourinho's  fall guy in recent weeks. It looks like Lukaku will move up top, and Rashford will take up a position wide on the left.  We're back under way... 8:50PM First-half summary A very impressive opening 45 minutes from Derby, who have defended doggedly and carried a real threat on the counter. They've relied on Carson to make a couple of good stops, and Rashford missed that gilt-edged headed chance, but overall it's been pretty even with chances at both ends.  How long until Mourinho decides to throw Lukaku on?  Marcus Rashford has a go for United in the first half Credit: Getty Images 8:47PM Half-time Olsson again finds himself in acres of space down the Derby left, and his inviting cross is punched clear a little anxiously by Romero.  It's the last action of a very enjoyable first half that ends Man Utd 0 Derby 0.  8:44PM 43 min Lawrence rugby tackles Pogba to the ground about 30 yards out for an obvious free-kick. It's a few yards left of centre so Pogba fancies it and has a go that's well saved by Carson. Again, it's pretty central so a stop you'd expect the keeper to make, but a very decent hit from Pogba.  8:41PM 40 min Shaw has started to see a lot more of the ball in advanced areas in the last few minutes, while Mkhitaryan is finding pockets of space. Derby look a little as if they're counting down to half-time.  8:39PM 38 min United have suddenly upped it, and Rashford has another headed chance. This one is a bit further out and a tougher chance, which Rashford heads straight at Carson. Lovely left-wing cross from Mata to set up the opening.  Paul Pogba gets on the ball Credit: Getty Images 8:37PM 36 min How has that stayed out? Mkhitaryan floats in a beauty of a cross from the left that finds Rashford plum in front of goal six yards out. The striker looks a touch tentative though and flicks his header onto the post. Huge sigh of relief for Derby - that looked for all the world like it was about to be 1-0.  8:34PM 33 min After a bright opening, it's been a bit flat for United in the last five to 10 minutes. Derby have really grown into it.  8:31PM 31 min Derby earn themselves a free-kick in a good cross position down their right. Lawrence inexplicably decides instead to have a go at goal and blast the ball as hard as he can. Suffice it to say, it ends with the ball somewhere in the Stretford End.  8:30PM 29 min Another decent Derby chance. Weimann sidesteps a couple of United challenges down the Derby left, and squares it for Winnall, who has long enough to set himself for the shot but drags his effort wide from the edge of the box.  Derby really should have done more with these opportunities.  8:27PM 26 min It's a pretty open game, this. Both of Derby's full-backs are bombing forward at every opportunity, and they've certainly not come here to just sit back and defend.  8:24PM 23 min Best effort of the night from Derby so far, as Olsson gets a brilliant header away from Russell's cross, and Romero is forced to make a sprawling one-handed save to his left.  Sam Winnall of Derby County competes with Ander Herrera of Manchester United  Credit: getty images 8:23PM 22 min United's three forwards are finding so much space between the lines, and this time it's Mata who gets on the ball and wins a free-kick off Pearce just outside the Derby penalty area. Mata then takes the free-kick himself, and it's a decent effort, but Carson gets across to make the save. It was the keeper's side and a fairly regulation stop.  8:21PM 19 min Big chance for Rashford, who works a yard in the area after receiving Mkhitaryan's pass, but then fires over. Still no breakthrough for United.  8:19PM 18 min Rashford tries one of those Ronaldo-style knuckleball efforts from range, but his effort fizzes a few yards wide of Carson's goal.  8:18PM 17 min Almost an action replay of my last post, as Lawrence again eats up the yards to get to within shooting distance but again plays it sideways for Winnall, who is dispossessed.  8:16PM 15 min Dangerous break from Derby, led by Lawrence, who flies forward towards the edge of the United box. He decides to pass to Winnall rather than shooting though, and Lindelof can get back to make the tackle. Encouraging last few minutes for the visitors.  8:14PM 12 min Lingard does brilliantly to control the ball dead on the half-turn around 35 yards out. He then charges forward and slips in Mkhitaryan down the right, but the Armenian horribly overhits his cross.  That will not have impressed Mourinho.  George Thorne and Tom Huddlestone of Derby County battle with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images 8:12PM 10 min Derby venture forward for the first time in the match, but Olsson's cross from the left is easily headed away by Smalling.  8:11PM 9 min Another decent effort from Pogba - this one is on his left foot and arcs just wide from about 25 yards out. Pogba bossing things, with Mata also busy.  8:09PM 8 min It's all United early on, and the right-back Lindelof fizzes in a dangerous low cross that evades everyone.  8:08PM 6 min Pogba is buzzing early on, and he tries his luck from about 25 yards out. It's straight down Carson's throat though, and the goalie makes the save. Actually thinking about it, that wasn't too dissimilar an effort from the Kranjcar one Carson famously let in for England in that fateful Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.  8:05PM 4 min Early chance for United is thwacked over by Lingard from about 12 yards. The opportunity was all about Pogba though, who bamboozled three Derby defenders with some sublime quick feet before playing a perfect pull-back for Lingard. Pogba often reminds me of that kid in the playground who was just too big and skillful for everyone else.  8:03PM 2 min Two minutes in and the Derby fans are already taunting their United counterparts with chants of "Is this a library?" 8:02PM 1 min Fair play to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who's opted for short sleeves despite the wind and chilly temperature.  8:01PM Kick-off We're under way at Old Trafford. Kevin Friend is the referee.  8:01PM Players are out The teams take to the pitch, looks like a decent crowd. A reminder of the two line-ups: Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.  Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. Derby (4-2-3-1): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall.  Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Both teams' top scorer is on the bench, in Lukaku and Vydra. It's a very strong United team, while Derby have made six changes from Monday's draw with Sheffield United.  Think United will win 3-1 for what it's worth.  Credit: REUTERS 7:55PM Banana skin United of course have already lost to a Championship team this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in the League Cup. Will history repeat itself tonight? We will find out in literally minutes. Credit: Getty Images 7:40PM How they're set up Both teams line up in a 4-2-3-1, as follows: Man Utd: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Derby: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall. 7:30PM Here's that Fergie rant I was talking about Just listen to the way he says Ja-PAN.  7:14PM Pre-match nerves  'Just go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Don't let the occasion pass you by.' Credit: PA 7:02PM Derby team news Derby XI: Carson, Keogh, Russell, Lawrence, Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall, Weimann, Olsson, Thorne, Huddlestone. Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Derby have made six changes (one more than United) from the side that drew with Sheffield United on New Year's Day. Top scorer Matej Vydra is on the bench, which is a shame.    Former Premier League players in the Derby squad tonight include Liverpool rejects Scott Carson and Andre Wisdom, ex-Tottenham and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, and former Manchester City and Leicester striker (with a goal every 11 minutes for England) Dave Nugent.  6:53PM United team news The United team is in, and it looks like this: Man United XI: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. That is a very strong United team, just five changes from the team that beat Everton on Monday, and no real drop off in quality with the players that have come in.  6:04PM Preview So here we are, at long, long last. After 13 years and 58 matches, a Manchester United FA Cup fixture is not being televised in the UK.  The last time we had this situation, Lionel Messi was yet to score for Barcelona, Arsenal were the Premier League champions, and Twitter had not yet been launched. (Out of interest I wonder what arbitrary timestamps we would use for the present day if by 2031 United had been on another 13-year run of uninterrupted coverage.)  Anyway, in the match in question, FA Cup holders United were held to a 0-0 draw by Exeter City in the third round of the competition in January 2005. United's opponents tonight Derby will hope that proves to be an omen for them this evening at Old Trafford. Their daunting task will likely be made a bit easier by the expectation that Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes, with fringe players like Scott McTominay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian pushing for starts.  Derby manager Gary Rowett may also be tempted into rotating his team, given that his side are second in the Championship, and promotion is the club's clear priority. With eight days until their next match though, there's no reason for Rowett to select a scratch side.  January 2018 transfer window The last time these teams met was also in the FA Cup, in a fourth-round match two years ago that United won 3-1 at Pride Park. Derby though do have a couple of (relatively) recent wins at Old Trafford to cheer them.  In May 2001 a Malcolm Christie goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Jim Smith's team, while four years earlier they stunned the champions 3-2 thanks in large part to a staggering debut performance from the Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope. The leggy striker scored a sensational goal that involved slaloming his way through four United defenders, and was later voted the greatest goal in Derby's history at the club's 125-year celebrations in 2009.  The match was also significant because it prompted an extraordinary rant from Sir Alex Ferguson about his new adversary Arsene Wenger, who had played down Ferguson's complaints about fixture congestion. "He has no experience of English football," Ferguson said. "He's come from JaPAN [ the 'pan' of 'Japan' is emphasised with utter disdain] and is now into English football, and is now telling everybody in England how to organise their football." Will tonight's game be as memorable? Almost certainly not, but let's still spend two hours of our lives following United's fringe players cruising to a 3-1 win. Team news should be with us at about 7pm. 

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

Man Utd 2 Derby County 0: Jesse Lingard the main man again as hosts battle into FA Cup fourth round

By the end of the night, Jose Mourinho could laugh about it all, saying that the key reason his Manchester United players had been so keen to avoid an FA Cup replay with Derby County was that it wold mean the cancellation of a warm-weather training trip to Dubai on Monday. Yet by then the United manager had already subtly ignited his row with Antonio Conte in their battle of claim and counter-claim and another huge dispute in the history of the modern game’s most controversial coach was gently smouldering. Having accused the media of concocting a row over his remarks about managers behaving like “clowns”, Mourinho then started something potentially much bigger over the historic match-fixing  allegations of which Conte was eventually cleared. The cynical view is that it all drew attention away from another lukewarm United performance, who left it until the final six minutes to finally score the goals against the Championship’s second-place team and reach the fourth round on  another night when Henrikh Mkhitaryan failed to spark. It was Jesse Lingard, the home-grown star who rode to the rescue again and there was a first goal in five games from Romelu Lukaku, a half-time replacement for Mkhitaryan. United will go to Dubai on Monday providing Stoke City eliminate Coventry City, which means that the two Premier League sides will meet on Jan 15, giving Mourinho’s players the extended break. “If we have a replay we don’t go to Dubai and everybody wants to go,” he said. “Did you see the players celebrating the second goal? Everybody wants to go, everybody wants a week of good training, good facilities, sun. Everybody wants to go but now it depends on Stoke’s result. If they draw we don’t go to Dubai!” Jesse Lingard needs to calm down ���� A magnificent strike from a man in the form of his life! �� pic.twitter.com/eGW2arVvLq— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 5, 2018 United had 28 attempts on the Derby goal and ten on target but it was Lingard’s fine strike, his fourth in four games, that at last broke the deadlock. Gary Rowett made six changes to his Derby side but there was no lack of ambition in the line-up. The former Manchester United academy boy Tom Lawrence and striker Sam Winnall both worked hard and the visitors were never discouraged from the notion that there might be an error in this home team. Derby had to rely upon their goalkeeper Scott Carson too, fleetingly an England international and now more than ten years on from his cameo part in the catastrophic end to the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. Carson, 32, has always been a very decent stopper of shots and twice in the first half he flung himself at free-kicks from Juan Mata and then Paul Pogba and reached the ball when others might have failed. It was from Mkhitaryan’s cross that Marcus Rashford headed against a post in the 35th minute when it really looked like United had at last made the breakthrough. In the second half the young Englishman pinged one from the right off the inside of Carson’s right-hand post. With 13 minutes left the goalkeeper saved again from Lingard and Pogba missed badly with the rebound. Romelu Lukaku celebrates making it 2-0 to United Credit: reuters For the final ten minutes Mourinho sent on Maroaune Fellaini, his first game since the win at home over Brighton on Nov 25. He opened up by rising to send a ferocious defensive header away from goal and then stationed himself on the right, awaiting the diagonal cross that he prefers to gallop on to. But it was Lingard who finally seized the moment, taking a knock-down from Lukaku on his right foot and driving a shot with enough fade past Carson’s left hand and into the Derby goal. It was one of those moments when an opposition manager simply has to acknowledge that he is up against a better set of individual talents, although as a team there could be no question that Derby pushed their famous opposition right to the end with Lukaku’s late finish finally settling the matter. Derby County midfielder Andreas Weimann tries to win the ball off Juan Mata  Credit: reuters That goal began when United, defending in their own area, broke with Pogba’s long hit to Lukaku, who took the ball on his chest and began the sequence that ended in the second goal. He and fellow substitute Anthony Martial made the goal but for a long time United looked like they might have to play again for a place in the fourth round. Rowett’s team showed that they have the ability to live with Premier League opposition and afterwards their manager said that he felt the game had been a bigger deal for United than his club, in search of promotion from the Championship. “We spoke about having no pressure but really for me it was a test to see who could handle it,” he said, and for the most part they did until Lingard’s match-winner. 9:58PM United through The scoreline is a little harsh on Derby, but United were deserved winners on the balance of play and the chances created. And that Lingard goal...woof. Another brilliant goal from someone who is not to everyone's tastes, but is one of the Premier League's form players at the moment.  9:50PM Full-time That's it. Lingard and Lukaku's late goals have ensured United's safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round.  It finishes: Man Utd 2 Derby 0.  9:49PM 90+2 min Three minutes of time to be added on.  9:49PM GOAL! Man Utd 2 Derby 0 (Lukaku 90') That's a bit harsh on Derby, but it's another lovely United goal. Derby are over-committed, and Lukaku does brilliantly to hold off a couple of defenders and then finish cooly with his right foot after exchanging passes with Martial. Game, set and match - United in the fourth round.  9:45PM 88 min Huddlestone has a go from range, which deflects wide off Blind. Friend though misses the deflection and awards a goal kick.  9:44PM 87 min That's now eight goals in 10 games for Lingard. Can Derby respond? They're still getting men forward gamely, but the time is ticking away.  9:42PM GOAL! Man Utd 1 Derby 0 (Lingard 84') The deadlock is broken at last, and it's heartbreak for Carson. But what a goal by Lingard! Lukaku's lay off sits up nicely, and Lingard absolutely a thwacks a perler of a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.  Suffice it to say, he has celebrated with a silly dance.  84' - GOAALLLLLLL! It's @JesseLingard again! What a hit! pic.twitter.com/JstfzYIQlR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 5, 2018 9:40PM 83 min Derby have the ball in the net, but Keogh was mindlessly offside when he whipped in a cross that ended up being bundled into the United goal.  9:39PM 81 min Fellaini's first act is to absolutely clatter Thorne around the half-way line. Derby make their last change - Bennett on for the impressive Lawrence, who is ushered off the pitch by referee Fwend to prevent him wasting time.  9:37PM 80 min You hear a lot in these games that 'neither side wants a replay'. I wonder if it wouldn't be a good idea to give sides the choice in these games, and they can decide to settle it on the night. Obviously it would need to be unanimous so as not to screw lower-league teams out of lucrative replays. Anyway, that's probably one for another day.  Final change for United - Fellaini on for Rashford, who twice hit the post.  9:35PM 78 min Another huge let-off for Derby. First Carson parries close-range Lingard's effort, and then Pogba makes a mess of the rebound and scuffs a shot wide from the edge of the box.  Derby respond with a change - Hanson on for Russell, as Rowett looks to stiffen up his midfield.  9:34PM 77 min Thrilling end-to-end stuff now, as Weimann gets tackled by Herrera when attempting to break clear before Marial digs out a cross that Lukaku heads onto the post. The Belgian was actually flagged offside, but Derby living a little dangerously.  9:32PM 75 min The only disappointment for Derby tonight has been the fact they haven't done more with any of their numerous counter-attacks. They break again here, but Wisdom ends up getting into a muddle and Shaw is able to snuff out the danger.  9:29PM 72 min Good save Carson again to block a left-footed effort from Rashford. Rashford then gets another chance from a similar inside-right position about 12 yards out, and he strikes the ball brilliantly but it cannons off the post and away to safety. So unlucky for United there, excellent effort - and the second time Rashford has been denied by the woodwork tonight.  Marcus Rashford can't believe his luck  Credit: Action Images 9:27PM 70 min Looks like Martial has taken up a position wide left, so Rashford has moved to the right. That makes it three positions played by Rashford tonight.  Pogba meanwhile has another go at goal, but he puts a first-time shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide. United starting to monopolise possession - they're up to 68 per cent.  9:25PM 68 min Lingard is probing around the edge of the box and trying to make something happen. There's so little space though, and he ends up leaning back and sending a hopeful 20-yard shot a few feet over.  Derby now play their trump card and replace Winnall with their top scorer Vydra. United also make a change - Martial on for Mata. Both teams going for it here.  9:23PM 66 min Derby counter with purpose again, but Shaw does well to stay with Russell and make a very good challenge.  9:21PM 65 min Suddenly it all feels very last-ditch for Serby, as Wisdom hurriedly gets a block in as Herrera tries to break clear. United showing a lot more purpose in the last few minutes, and the supporters have responded in kind.  Juan Mata has a free-kick well saved by Scott Catson Credit: AFP 9:19PM 62 min Pogba has another sighter from range, and again Carson is equal to it. The Derby keeper has been very solid this evening. A couple of his team-mates are starting to look a little leggy however... 9:17PM 60 min Good effort from Lawrence from about 25 yards out that Romero beats away. Lawrence, the former United trainee, has been impressive tonight with his direct running. The midfielder then puts in a couple of corners that United deal with pretty comfortably.  9:15PM 59 min Wisdom gets himself in a tangle trying to shepherd the ball out, which ends with him bundling Rashford to the floor in a dangerous area out wide on the left. Rashford's free-kick is terrible though, and doesn't beat the first man.  Meanwhile, Sam Wallace is at Old Trafford, and on manager style watch as ever.  Gary Rowett's all-black gear incl. tapered slacks & trainer-shoe hybrids clear statement a) Derby not intimidated, & b) he's going straight out in Spinningfields later— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) January 5, 2018 9:13PM 56 min Lukaku should do better with a close-range header, but he skews his effort wide from Rashford's inswinging corner. Moments later Lukaku's right-wing cross is just too strong for Mata to get on the end of.  9:11PM 54 min United force a corner and pin Derby back, which eventually leads to a long-range effort from Mata that Carson beats away, and then a left-footed curler from Pogba that arcs just wide.  Marcus Olsson of Derby County evades Jesse Lingard of Manchester United  Credit: Getty Images 9:08PM 51 min So close for Derby! Lawrence's free-kick is cleared only as far as Huddlestone, who catches his shot from the edge of the shot beautifully, but it deflects just wide off Shaw.  Really enjoyable match this, with chances at both ends.  9:05PM 49 min Second game running for Mkhitaryan that he's been hooked early. You have to wonder if he'll still be at United come the end of the month. His replacement Lukaku almost gets on the end of another dangerous Mata cross.  9:03PM 46 min Right, there's the answer to my question straight away! Lukaku is on for Mkhitaryan. Again, pretty harsh on Mkhitaryan, but he's become Mourinho's  fall guy in recent weeks. It looks like Lukaku will move up top, and Rashford will take up a position wide on the left.  We're back under way... 8:50PM First-half summary A very impressive opening 45 minutes from Derby, who have defended doggedly and carried a real threat on the counter. They've relied on Carson to make a couple of good stops, and Rashford missed that gilt-edged headed chance, but overall it's been pretty even with chances at both ends.  How long until Mourinho decides to throw Lukaku on?  Marcus Rashford has a go for United in the first half Credit: Getty Images 8:47PM Half-time Olsson again finds himself in acres of space down the Derby left, and his inviting cross is punched clear a little anxiously by Romero.  It's the last action of a very enjoyable first half that ends Man Utd 0 Derby 0.  8:44PM 43 min Lawrence rugby tackles Pogba to the ground about 30 yards out for an obvious free-kick. It's a few yards left of centre so Pogba fancies it and has a go that's well saved by Carson. Again, it's pretty central so a stop you'd expect the keeper to make, but a very decent hit from Pogba.  8:41PM 40 min Shaw has started to see a lot more of the ball in advanced areas in the last few minutes, while Mkhitaryan is finding pockets of space. Derby look a little as if they're counting down to half-time.  8:39PM 38 min United have suddenly upped it, and Rashford has another headed chance. This one is a bit further out and a tougher chance, which Rashford heads straight at Carson. Lovely left-wing cross from Mata to set up the opening.  Paul Pogba gets on the ball Credit: Getty Images 8:37PM 36 min How has that stayed out? Mkhitaryan floats in a beauty of a cross from the left that finds Rashford plum in front of goal six yards out. The striker looks a touch tentative though and flicks his header onto the post. Huge sigh of relief for Derby - that looked for all the world like it was about to be 1-0.  8:34PM 33 min After a bright opening, it's been a bit flat for United in the last five to 10 minutes. Derby have really grown into it.  8:31PM 31 min Derby earn themselves a free-kick in a good cross position down their right. Lawrence inexplicably decides instead to have a go at goal and blast the ball as hard as he can. Suffice it to say, it ends with the ball somewhere in the Stretford End.  8:30PM 29 min Another decent Derby chance. Weimann sidesteps a couple of United challenges down the Derby left, and squares it for Winnall, who has long enough to set himself for the shot but drags his effort wide from the edge of the box.  Derby really should have done more with these opportunities.  8:27PM 26 min It's a pretty open game, this. Both of Derby's full-backs are bombing forward at every opportunity, and they've certainly not come here to just sit back and defend.  8:24PM 23 min Best effort of the night from Derby so far, as Olsson gets a brilliant header away from Russell's cross, and Romero is forced to make a sprawling one-handed save to his left.  Sam Winnall of Derby County competes with Ander Herrera of Manchester United  Credit: getty images 8:23PM 22 min United's three forwards are finding so much space between the lines, and this time it's Mata who gets on the ball and wins a free-kick off Pearce just outside the Derby penalty area. Mata then takes the free-kick himself, and it's a decent effort, but Carson gets across to make the save. It was the keeper's side and a fairly regulation stop.  8:21PM 19 min Big chance for Rashford, who works a yard in the area after receiving Mkhitaryan's pass, but then fires over. Still no breakthrough for United.  8:19PM 18 min Rashford tries one of those Ronaldo-style knuckleball efforts from range, but his effort fizzes a few yards wide of Carson's goal.  8:18PM 17 min Almost an action replay of my last post, as Lawrence again eats up the yards to get to within shooting distance but again plays it sideways for Winnall, who is dispossessed.  8:16PM 15 min Dangerous break from Derby, led by Lawrence, who flies forward towards the edge of the United box. He decides to pass to Winnall rather than shooting though, and Lindelof can get back to make the tackle. Encouraging last few minutes for the visitors.  8:14PM 12 min Lingard does brilliantly to control the ball dead on the half-turn around 35 yards out. He then charges forward and slips in Mkhitaryan down the right, but the Armenian horribly overhits his cross.  That will not have impressed Mourinho.  George Thorne and Tom Huddlestone of Derby County battle with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United Credit: Getty Images 8:12PM 10 min Derby venture forward for the first time in the match, but Olsson's cross from the left is easily headed away by Smalling.  8:11PM 9 min Another decent effort from Pogba - this one is on his left foot and arcs just wide from about 25 yards out. Pogba bossing things, with Mata also busy.  8:09PM 8 min It's all United early on, and the right-back Lindelof fizzes in a dangerous low cross that evades everyone.  8:08PM 6 min Pogba is buzzing early on, and he tries his luck from about 25 yards out. It's straight down Carson's throat though, and the goalie makes the save. Actually thinking about it, that wasn't too dissimilar an effort from the Kranjcar one Carson famously let in for England in that fateful Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.  8:05PM 4 min Early chance for United is thwacked over by Lingard from about 12 yards. The opportunity was all about Pogba though, who bamboozled three Derby defenders with some sublime quick feet before playing a perfect pull-back for Lingard. Pogba often reminds me of that kid in the playground who was just too big and skillful for everyone else.  8:03PM 2 min Two minutes in and the Derby fans are already taunting their United counterparts with chants of "Is this a library?" 8:02PM 1 min Fair play to United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who's opted for short sleeves despite the wind and chilly temperature.  8:01PM Kick-off We're under way at Old Trafford. Kevin Friend is the referee.  8:01PM Players are out The teams take to the pitch, looks like a decent crowd. A reminder of the two line-ups: Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford.  Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. Derby (4-2-3-1): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall.  Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Both teams' top scorer is on the bench, in Lukaku and Vydra. It's a very strong United team, while Derby have made six changes from Monday's draw with Sheffield United.  Think United will win 3-1 for what it's worth.  Credit: REUTERS 7:55PM Banana skin United of course have already lost to a Championship team this season, when they were beaten 2-1 by Bristol City in the League Cup. Will history repeat itself tonight? We will find out in literally minutes. Credit: Getty Images 7:40PM How they're set up Both teams line up in a 4-2-3-1, as follows: Man Utd: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Derby: Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Thorne, Huddlestone; Weimann, Lawrence, Russell; Winnall. 7:30PM Here's that Fergie rant I was talking about Just listen to the way he says Ja-PAN.  7:14PM Pre-match nerves  'Just go out and enjoy yourselves lads. Don't let the occasion pass you by.' Credit: PA 7:02PM Derby team news Derby XI: Carson, Keogh, Russell, Lawrence, Wisdom, Pearce, Winnall, Weimann, Olsson, Thorne, Huddlestone. Subs: Mitchell, Martin, Baird, Bennett, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent. Derby have made six changes (one more than United) from the side that drew with Sheffield United on New Year's Day. Top scorer Matej Vydra is on the bench, which is a shame.    Former Premier League players in the Derby squad tonight include Liverpool rejects Scott Carson and Andre Wisdom, ex-Tottenham and Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone, and former Manchester City and Leicester striker (with a goal every 11 minutes for England) Dave Nugent.  6:53PM United team news The United team is in, and it looks like this: Man United XI: Romero; Lindelof, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Herrera, Pogba, Mata; Lingard, Mkhitaryan, Rashford. Subs: Pereira, Rojo, Darmian, Fellaini, McTominay, Martial, Lukaku. That is a very strong United team, just five changes from the team that beat Everton on Monday, and no real drop off in quality with the players that have come in.  6:04PM Preview So here we are, at long, long last. After 13 years and 58 matches, a Manchester United FA Cup fixture is not being televised in the UK.  The last time we had this situation, Lionel Messi was yet to score for Barcelona, Arsenal were the Premier League champions, and Twitter had not yet been launched. (Out of interest I wonder what arbitrary timestamps we would use for the present day if by 2031 United had been on another 13-year run of uninterrupted coverage.)  Anyway, in the match in question, FA Cup holders United were held to a 0-0 draw by Exeter City in the third round of the competition in January 2005. United's opponents tonight Derby will hope that proves to be an omen for them this evening at Old Trafford. Their daunting task will likely be made a bit easier by the expectation that Jose Mourinho will make wholesale changes, with fringe players like Scott McTominay, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian pushing for starts.  Derby manager Gary Rowett may also be tempted into rotating his team, given that his side are second in the Championship, and promotion is the club's clear priority. With eight days until their next match though, there's no reason for Rowett to select a scratch side.  January 2018 transfer window The last time these teams met was also in the FA Cup, in a fourth-round match two years ago that United won 3-1 at Pride Park. Derby though do have a couple of (relatively) recent wins at Old Trafford to cheer them.  In May 2001 a Malcolm Christie goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Jim Smith's team, while four years earlier they stunned the champions 3-2 thanks in large part to a staggering debut performance from the Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope. The leggy striker scored a sensational goal that involved slaloming his way through four United defenders, and was later voted the greatest goal in Derby's history at the club's 125-year celebrations in 2009.  The match was also significant because it prompted an extraordinary rant from Sir Alex Ferguson about his new adversary Arsene Wenger, who had played down Ferguson's complaints about fixture congestion. "He has no experience of English football," Ferguson said. "He's come from JaPAN [ the 'pan' of 'Japan' is emphasised with utter disdain] and is now into English football, and is now telling everybody in England how to organise their football." Will tonight's game be as memorable? Almost certainly not, but let's still spend two hours of our lives following United's fringe players cruising to a 3-1 win. Team news should be with us at about 7pm. 

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