Chelsea 1-1 Birmingham City – Highlights

Chelsea were guilty of producing another poor performance but came from a goal down to earn under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas a possible stay of execution when drawing 1-1 at home to Birmingham City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Villas-Boas, who has overseen a run of just two wins in 10 Premier League games and held a heated inquest with his players following a defeat to Everton last weekend, found himself under renewed scrutiny on 20 minutes when David Murphy exploited some lacklustre defending to put the Championship side in front.

Juan Mata then saw a penalty expertly saved by Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle and with Chelsea struggling to break down their opponents, Villas-Boas responded at half-time by ruthlessly withdrawing the disappointing Fernando Torres, who is now without a goal in 22 games for club and country.

A more cohesive second-half performance was the result and the impressive Daniel Sturridge equalised just after the hour mark when heading home unmarked, but with the crowd expressing discontent at the final whistle, chief executive Ron Gourlay shaking his head in the stands and Chelsea now facing an unwelcome replay, Villas-Boas remains under considerable pressure.

1st Half

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