Chelsea made a number of changes as they looked to get back to winning ways after the midweek defeat to Tottenham, and welcomed a Peterborough United team that are currently 9th in League One, to Stamford Bridge for this third round tie. The visitors started well with the impressive Lee Angol’s header forcing Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic to make a good save. Pedro opened Chelsea’s account, latching on to a rebound from a Nathaniel Chalobah shot, which he controlled and then curled effortlessly past McGee in the Peterborough goal. Batshuayi doubled moments before half time after good work from Ivanovic down the right wing, who found Loftus-Cheek for him to flick the ball straight into Batshuayi to give the home team a 2-0 half time lead.
The second half continued in much the same way, with Willian collecting a pass from Pedro, to curl the ball past McGee for Chelsea’s third. Shortly after, Chelsea were down to 10 men when skipper John Terry, brought down Angol on route to the Chelsea goal, as he was the last man the referee, Kevin Friend had no hesitation in giving Terry a straight red. Minutes later Peterborough scored a consolation, as they took advantage of the extra man and Tom Nicholls bungled the ball over the line for a goal that the visitors deserved.
It didn’t take long for Chelsea to retain their three goal cushion and, within minutes of Peterborough scoring, Pedro collected on the edge of the box and fired home in style for his second of the game and Chelsea’s fourth. With their name in Monday’s fourth round draw, next up is a trip to current Premier League Champions Leicester on Saturday.