On-loan striker Marcello Trotta opened the scoring for Brentford on Sunday as the Bees came close to knocking Chelsea out of the FA Cup with Budweiser at the Fourth Round stage.
The home side began the game strongly at Griffin Park, and so the Italian’s strike three minutes before half-time was well-deserved. Ross Turnbull was unable to hold Harry Forrester’s initial effort and Trotta followed up with a composed first-time finish to give his side a 1-0 advantage.
Chelsea responded 10 minutes after the interval when Oscar showed some individual brilliance to jink in between the Brentford defenders and fire into the top corner to equalise.
Rather than being rocked by the goal, though, the npower League One side showed great character to come back and take the lead once again on 73 minutes. Tom Adeyemi – a replacement for Trotta – was brought down in the area by Turnbull and Forrester stepped up to roll the subsequent spot-kick just beyond the reach of the keeper.
The lead only lasted 10 minutes, though, as Fernando Torres’ fine curling effort ensured the tie will go to a Replay at Stamford Bridge, as the two sides do battle once again to see who faces Middlesbrough in the next round.