Blues tame Shrews
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Shrews had taken the scalp of Premiership side Everton in the previous round but there was to be no repeat against a professional Chelsea outfit.After Graeme Le Saux and Frank Lampard had missed good openings veteran striker Gianfranco Zola broke the deadlock on 39 minutes tapping in from close range.
The Italian maestro then delivered a fantastic cross on 52 minutes that was headed home by youngster Carlton Cole as Chelsea showed their class.
A streaker produced cheers from the home fans but it was the visiting fans who were cheering after 75 minutes when Zola produced a moment of magic.
Zola spotted keeper Ian Dunbavin off his line and produced an exquisite chip to make it 3-0 with Chelsea still coasting.
Shrewsbury nearly pulled a consolation goal back on 79 minutes but Nigel Jemson's brilliant free-kick was magnificently saved by Carlo Cudicini.
Jody Morris then curled a fantastic strike past Dunbavin seconds after to rub salt into the Shrews' wounds.
On this form Claudio Ranieri's charges will prove a match for anyone in the next rounds and hope to go one better than last year when they were beaten by Arsenal in the final.