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Terry hopes his FA Cup achievements will rub off on Chelsea's youth

Captain John Terry is hoping the FA Cup can spur Chelsea's youngsters onto greater things after their 5-0 drubbing of Watford earned them a fourth-round trip to Preston North End.

The Lancashire side were 7-0 winners against League One Colchester on Saturday and sit 16th in the Championship.

It is the third time that holders Chelsea have been drawn against North End in the FA Cup.

The Blues were victorious after a replay in 1969, and then Eidur Gudjohnsen, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mikael Forssell all scored in a fifth-round victory on the way to the 2002 final.

In their third-round Stamford Bridge tie yesterday, two goals from Daniel Sturridge, an own goal from John Eustace and strikes from Florent Malouda and Frank Lampard saw the Blues beat a poor Watford side.

Chelsea will be without four key players this month: 19-goal man Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel are all playing in the African Nations Cup.

Youngsters Gael Kakuta, Nemanja Matic and Sturridge all got in on the action against Watford, and Terry is hoping his own FA Cup experience can rub off on the youngsters.

"We love winning the FA Cup at this club, we've done it a few times and we want to do it again," said Terry.

"It was such a big thing when I first came here. I was at Wembley in 1997, still a schoolboy, when Dennis Wise led the boys to the first trophy in 26 years.

"That day Jody Morris was on the bench as well and it was really important in giving us the belief we could make it here. I honestly believe there are some youngsters at Chelsea now who can make this year's FA Cup work for them in the same way."

Coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed he had spoken to Malouda after the France international had voiced his frustration at being left out of the side for top games.

Malouda had spoken out in French newspaper L'Equipe over the weekend but Ancelotti said: "I spoke with Malouda before the game against Birmingham (St Stephen's Day) and explained my position to him.

"He explained his position. For me, that was finished then and there. After that, he spoke in the French press. But there's no problem.

"It's normal that a player wants to play every game. Above all, the important games. For us, for me, Malouda is an important player."

Watford manager Malky Mackay knew the game was over in the opening 20 minutes when Chelsea raced into a 3-0 lead. But he is hoping his players can learn from the experience of competing against top-class opponents.

"We've got to learn from that," said Mackay. "There were bits of the game where we could have done better.

"They're world-class players -- they're two levels above us."


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