Tammy Abraham’s goal was enough to bring Chelsea into the FA Cup quarter-finals, as they defeated Barnsley at Oakwell 1-0. Chelsea will now play Sheffield United at home.
Barnsley played well in the first half, creating two enormous chances, both for Callum Brittain, who had one saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga and the other mostly deflected by Victor Adeboyejo, his team-mate.
Chelsea improved far enough after the break, slowly exerting power, with Thomas Tuchel bawling on the touchline and Callum Hudson-Odi to the fore. Then, at 64 minutes, Reece James teed Abraham up for what turned out to be the winner, and they did enough to see it out.
They’re going to have to do better against Barnsley than they did – but after drawing with Wolves in Tuchel’s first game, they’ve now won four in a row. Maybe something’s just brewing.
Barnsley – Chelsea 0-1
Goal: Abraham (64)
Barnsley: Collins, Sibbick (Sollbauer 76), Helik, Andersen, Brittain (Williams 73), Kane (Palmer 73), Mowatt, Styles, Adeboyejo (Dike 59), Woodrow, Chaplin (Frieser 59).
Chelsea: Kepa, Christensen (Rudiger 45), Zouma, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Kante, Gilmour, Alonso (James 45), Ziyech (Anjorin 69), Abraham, Pulisic (Kovacic 80).