Chelsea edge Norwich but Conte frustration remains a concern for fans

Chelsea edge Norwich but Conte frustration remains a concern for fans

Chelsea edge Norwich but Conte frustration remains a concern for fans

Chelsea beat Norwich City 5-3 on penalties to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Norwich City.

Pedro and Alvaro Morata were sent off during extra-time - before Chelsea won on penalties - with both players being shown a first yellow card for diving.

Blues substitute Alvaro Morata flashed a header across goal moments after his introduction with 81 minutes played, ahead of a near-miss from Davide Zappacosta.

Hazard conceded that Chelsea had to dig deep to find a way past Norwich after the defending Premier League champions were reduced to nine men.

It has been a dismal start to 2018 for Chelsea, who came into Wednesday's match having drawn their previous four games, and the performance against Norwich will have done little to convince fans they have turned a corner.

Conte had made nine changes from the 0-0 draw with Leicester on Saturday, with Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante rested.

His game riddled with loose touches and poor positional play, the Belgian was fortunate to not see his side go behind in the first-half after a misplaced pass resulted in Nelson Oliveira hitting the crossbar.

Batshuayi's goal was well worked but also required a mental lapse from Norwich that is rare among Premier League defences.

But eventually, the Canaries resistance was broken on 55 minutes, excluding injury time from previous matches - 331 minutes since Chelsea's last goal. Certainly it would have saved him a suspension when he was subsequently given a second caution for a bad foul on Wes Hoolahan three minutes before the end of extra time.

And the Brazilian was then controversially booked for simulation in the first-half of extra-time, as VAR decided there was not a "clear and obvious error" in the refereeing decision. However, the main talking point was referee Scott and his decision not to use VAR in making some big decisions. 'You're seeing why I was very doubtful about it now.

The system was being trialled for the FA Cup third-round replay.

Egyptian midfielder Sam Morsy, Dan Burn and Callum Elder were all on target for Wigan in the encounter. Hammers striker Andy Carroll has also been linked with Chelsea.

Swansea eliminated second-tier leader Wolverhampton with a 2-1 victory to set up a trip to Notts County.

Jordan Ayew's superb solo strike in the 11th minute put Swansea in front as he dribbled past five defenders and finished easily. Wolves equalised on 66 minutes.

Ivorian forward Wilfred Bony scored the victor three minutes later.

The Welsh side joined compatriots Cardiff City and Newport County in the fourth round, which means there will be three teams from Wales in the fourth round for only the third time ever.

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