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Scolari suffers more home blues.

Chelsea's Stamford Bridge woes continued as Southend scored a shock late equaliser to take the Premier League giants to a surprise replay. The Blues dominated the match but once again their inability to kill the game, something that has proved a problem for them at home in the league as well, proved costly. All seemed like going according to plan when Salomon Kalou headed in unchallenged in the first half. But the anticipated rout did not materialise as Didier Drogba twice failed to find the net when put clean through, and Juliano Belletti saw his header cleared off the goal-line. Southend enjoyed little success in attack but as the game progressed they grew in confidence and a cross from Jean-Francois Christophe had to be turned over his own crossbar by Branislav Ivanovic in the 39th minute. And the visitors were unlucky two minutes before the interval when Junior Stanislas made Paulo Ferreira look ordinary with a great run down the left flank. However, his low cross into the six-yard box was cleared by a relieved Chelsea defence. And Luiz Felipe Scolari's side were made to pay for their profligacy when defender Peter Clarke popped up inside the area to head in a long throw-in in the 90th minute.

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