Birmingham take Chelsea to a replay

Published February 18, 2012

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Daniel Sturridge ensured Chelsea remain in the FA Cup, as Birmingham held Andre Villas-Boas' side to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea made the worst possible start to their fifth-round tie when David Murphy capitalized on some poor defending to lash the ball home from close range.

Tensions were high around Stamford Bridge, with the away fans basking in their moment, aiming chants of "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Chelsea boss Villas-Boas.

The introduction of Didier Drogba for Fernando Torres seemed to ignite the hosts at the break, and Sturridge equalized in the second half to the relief of the home faithful.

The Premier League side dominated possession as they searched for a winner, but they couldn't find another goal and Birmingham earned a replay at St Andrew's.