Brentford players will benefit from the lesson Chelsea taught them in the second half, manager Uwe Rosler said after the 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
The Bees held off the challenge of the Blues, who sit in third place in the Premier League, until just before the hour mark when Juan Mata scored a peach of a goal from long range.
That opened the floodgates and Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry scored to make the score line harsh reading for the manager.
“We take the defeat in the right way,” Rosler said in his post-match press conference.
“The experience will be good for the players.
“The experience today will help us we get to the play-offs.
“Two years ago we got to Wembley play-offs in the final. And we lost it.
“Now we can highlight this game against Chelsea, big team, big crowd, high level of expectation. All those experiences will help.
“We had five players playing their first season with us. This game will give us so much. I am happy for this experience but also for the financial reasons.”
The first effort on goal came from the Bees on eight minutes when Adam Forshaw let fly from 25 yards but the ball flashed wide, with Petr Cech looking comfortable.
Brentford fans were in excellent voice and the first time Chelsea supporters were heard in their customary 16th minute chants ‘One Di Matteo’.
The Blues should have taken the lead on 26 minutes when a quick counter-attack by the home side saw Mata slip the ball to Oscar. The Brazil midfielder slipped and scuffed his right-footed effort on the edge of the penalty area and the ball rebounded off Moore’s left upright and out of play.
While Brentford we content to defend in depth they were not shy to attack when possible and on 33 minutes Forshaw, again, had a shot. This time his left-footed effort was inches wide of Cech’s left post.
The 6,000 Brentford faithful thought they had taken the lead six minutes before the break, when Marcello Trotta put the ball in the net but referee Neil Swarbrick had already penalised David Luiz’s trip on Forshaw. Unfortunately, the resultant free-kick was charged down by the Chelsea defensive wall.
The second half started with Chelsea raising the tempo of their play with the firm intention of getting the opening goal, and it almost worked on the 49 minute when Mata crossed from the left. Ivanovic saw his header, on target, but saved by the diving Moore.
With 145 minutes of the tie gone, Chelsea finally started to show their class but the opener came about from a long kick out from Cech. The ball fell invitingly to Mata who rammed home a fierce left-foot from just outside the Brentford area and wide of Moore’s outstretched right arm.
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler was about to replace Marcello Trotta for midfielder Harry Forrester before the goal in order to push the home side back and made the substitution directly after the goal.
Interim boss Rafael Benitez decided that his side needed a change and £23m midfielder Eden Hazard came on after 65 minutes to replace ineffectual Victor Moses.
Hazard had an immediate effect, setting up overlapping Ivanovic who, on 67 minutes clipped in the perfect right-sided by one cross. Oscar was the first to meet the ball and back-heeled the ball from six yards with the ball somehow managing to elude a diving Moore and Dean on the goal line.
Three minutes later and Mata, once again became the provider as he whipped in a cross and Frank Lampard was on hand to volley home into the net to make it 3-0. It also became the out-of-contract star’s 199th goal for the Blues, three shy of Bobby Tambling’s club record.
With nine minutes minute to go, the Blues hit number four – a simple far post header by John Terry from Oscar’s deep cross which inched past Moore.
Brentford played the final minutes with 10 men as substitute Jake Reeves was forced off the pitch following a vicious challenge from David Luiz in midfield.
The tackle has drawn a lot of criticism but Rosler played it down after the game.
He said: “I have not seen the situation clearly enough to make a statement now. David Luiz came into or changing room after the game and spoke to the player and that was a fantastic gesture form him. He apologised I think.”
The Bees can now focus on their primary target, promotion from League One.