As has been the pleasing Chelsea tradition for close on two decades, the Premier League leaders made it safely over the first FA Cup hurdle beating Peterborough 4-1 thanks to two goals from Pedro and one each from Michy Batshuayi and Willian.
Pedro scored the first and the final goals of the game, his fifth and sixth strikes of an increasingly profitable season, with Batshuayi making it 2-0 just before half-time. Willian scored the best goal of the game shortly after the interval but then what was progressing as a straightforward victory was made more uncomfortable by a red card for John Terry and a goal soon after from the visitors.
But up stepped Pedro again to ease any tension from what, those middle few minutes of the second half and the opening stages apart, had been a game with Chelsea mostly well on top.
Asmir played his first competitive match for the club since late October.
The draw for the fourth round is planed for 9 January and the matches will be played on 28th January.