Chelsea stumbles to FA Cup draw vs. Birmingham

STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea will have to replay at Birmingham in the fifth round of the FA Cup after Saturday's 1-1 draw against the second-tier club heaped more pressure on under-fire coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Birmingham lost captain Stephen Carr to a 12th-minute injury Saturday but took the lead at Stamford Bridge eight minutes later through David Murphy.

Chelsea earned a 22nd-minute penalty when Wade Elliott fouled Ramires but goalkeeper Colin Doyle saved Juan Mata's kick and Chelsea needed a 62nd-minute equalizer from Daniel Sturridge to salvage the draw.

British media widely reported this week that Villas-Boas has fallen out with several Chelsea players unhappy at the tactics and management that have left the west London club fifth in the Premier League.