David Luiz collided with Reeves in the 86th minute and his shoulder caught him in the face causing him to suffer concussion. The Bees player was forced to go off the pitch after the medical team advised him to, but the player wanted to carry on for the remainder of the game. Speaking to The Guardian Uwe Rösler, the Brentford manager, said:
“Jake is fine, he wanted to continue but our medical staff said it was better that he didn’t, They said: ‘Safety first.’ I have not seen the situation clearly enough to make a statement now but the player [Luiz] came into our dressing-room and he spoke to Jake, which is a fantastic gesture. He apologised.”
Was Reeves concussed? “Yes, definitely.”
When Rafael Benitez was asked about the challenges from Luiz and Cahill he said he had “no complaints” and they were both “normal tackles, especially in a cup competition”.
Chelsea won the game through second half goals from Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry, making it a good day for interim boss Benitez as Abramovich watched in the stands – his first game at Stamford Bridge since January. Benitez spoke highly of his side after the game mentioning their patience and intensity and also said he was pleased about Terry’s first performance after returning from injury. John Terry is facing stiff competition for his place in the team but he said:
“The manager knows me and I want to play, I have been out for months but the other two centre-backs have been doing well. It’s good to have competition.”
Bee’s manager Rösler only had one complaint and that was regarding the ref blowing the whistle during Luiz’s challenge on Adam Forshaw rather than allowing a few seconds to pass. Rösler believes the side would have been 1-0 up through Marcello Trotta had the whistle not gone.
“On a better day, he could have waited a few seconds and we could have been 1-0 up, which is what you need when you are massive underdogs. When the decision goes against you, you have no chance.”