Match report: Brentford 0 Chelsea 2

Referee Andre Marriner had no choice but to award the visitors a penalty and the ominous sight of Jorginho stepping up saw only one result. Our number five sent Fernandez the wrong way and sent his side deservedly into January’s two-legged semi-finals.

Cue wild celebrations in the restricted away end as our hardy followers were eventually rewarded with two goals, a clean sheet and a Christmas to savour.

What’s next?

The Blues have three Premier League games in eight days on the horizon, starting with a Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa before we host Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 29 December.

Chelsea (3-4-3) Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Chalobah, Sarr; Simons (James 66), Kovacic (Jorginho h/t), Saul, Alonso, Barkley (Kante 76), Soonsup-Bell (Pulisic h/t), Vale (Mount 66)
Unused subs Bettinelli, Rudiger, Hall, Webster
Scorers Jansson (og) 80; Jorginho (pen) 85
Booked Vale 45; Saul 77

Brentford (3-5-2) Fernandez; Sorensen, Jansson (c), Pinnock; Canos, Jensen (Forss 81), Baptiste (Onyeka 74), Janelt (Norgaard 66), Henry (Ghoddos 74); Mbeumo, Wissa (Toney 66)
Unused subs Cox, Thompson, Peart-Harris, Stevens
Booked Janelt 12

Referee Andre Marriner
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