Chelsea moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over League One side Scunthorpe United on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge.
A Diego Costa early connection to a Branislav Ivanovic's right-wing cross unsettled the visitors in the 13 minute. The Spanish has scored four goals in his last three games. Chelsea attacked from all angles and could have gotten some goals soon after Costa’s but for excellent goalkeeping from Scunthorpe's Luke Daniels which saw him tip over powerful efforts from Cesc Fabregas and Pedro.
Guus Hiddink who lifted the FA Cup in 2009 in his last spell at the club, urged on his side to end the opposition’s resistance when Ruben Loftus-Cheek steered in Cesar Azpilicueta's low cross for 2-0.
The Dutch man knows too well the FA Cup could represent the Blues' best chance of winning a trophy this season with a tricky tie with PSG in the last 16 of the Champions league staring them in the face and paraded a near full-strength team against a side 45 places lower in English football's pyramid.
Scunthorpe who were well-organised and hard-working in defence thought they had won a penalty when Kevin van Veen was clipped by Ramires but referee Craig Pawson dismissed their appeals.
However, Chelsea’s superior quality showed as Azpilicueta got to the byeline to pull the ball back for 19-year-old midfielder Loftus-Cheek to score his first Chelsea goal and end the match at 2-0.
Here are the rest of the FA Cup third round results:
Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland
Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth
Brentford 0-1 Walsall
Bury 0-0 Bradford City
Colchester United 2-1 Charlton Athletic
Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Stoke City
Eastleigh 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Everton 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge
Hartlepool United 1-2 Derby County
Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading
Hull City 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion
Ipswich Town 2-2 Portsmouth
Leeds United 2-0 Rotherham United
Middlesbrough 1-2 Burnley
Newport County P-P Blackburn Rovers
Northampton Town 2-2 MK Dons
Norwich City 0-3 Manchester City
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
Peterborough United 2-0 Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fulham
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Bristol City
West Ham United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 Aston Villa