London: Defending champion Chelsea required a
late goal by substitute Salomon Kalou to rescue a 1-1 draw at
Everton in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The Ivory Coast forward finished off a flowing
counterattack in the 75th minute with a shot that squirmed
into the far corner, earning Chelsea a replay at Stamford
Everton was in control for long periods at Goodison Park
but only had one goal to show for its dominance, with France
striker Louis Saha heading home powerfully from a corner by
Leighton Baines in the 62nd for a seventh goal in his last
eight games against the London club.
"To come back into the game, we had good attitude and
good spirit," Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said. "It was
not easy - Everton put pressure on us all the time."
Chelsea came close to snatching a win when Brazil
midfielder Ramires hit the post in the 86th, while substitute
Everton striker Jermaine Beckford forced an acrobatic save out
of Petr Cech in the final minute.
Jack Rodwell, Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman had
all earlier gone close for Everton, which lost 2-1 to Chelsea
in the 2009 final at Wembley.
Chelsea has won three of the last four FA Cups, including
the last two. The team is looking to become the first to win
the cup for three seasons straight since 1886.
In the two other all-Premier League matches yesterday,
Aston Villa defeated Blackburn 3-1 at Villa Park and Bolton
was held 0-0 at home by Wigan.
Ciaran Clark, veteran former France winger Robert Pires
and Nathan Delfouneso scored Villa`s goals, all of them coming
in the first half. Nikola Kalinic had equalized for Blackburn
in the 18th, while Villa had to survive the last 28 minutes
with 10 men following the sending-off of Nathan Baker for a
dangerous tackle on David Hoilett.
Birmingham, which reached the League Cup final in
midweek, rallied to beat Midlands rival Coventry 3-2 thanks to
second-half goals by fringe players Stuart Parnaby and Kevin
Coventry, which plays in the second-tier League
Championship, went 2-0 up by the 26th minute but on-loan
midfielder David Bentley scored in the 35th to begin
Crawley Town missed two penalties but still became the
first non-league side to qualify for the competition`s fifth
round since 1994 thanks to a 1-0 victory at 10-man Torquay.
Matt Tubbs scored the winner for the Crawley, which is
top of the Blue Square Premier League - England`s fifth
In the day`s other surprises, League Championship sides
Swansea and Watford lost home matches to Leyton Orient and
Brighton, who both play in English football`s third division.
Unbeaten Premier League leader Manchester United visits
third-tier side Southampton later Saturday for a place in the