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Chelsea's John Terry hits back after Stoke fans' Cup abuse

Chelsea captain John Terry silenced Stoke City fans as he found the net to help send his Chelsea side into the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

City fans taunted him over losing the England captaincy at Stamford Bridge but Terry responded by rolling up his sleeve and pointing to his armband after scoring Chelsea’s second goal in their 2-0 victory.

The Blues will now face Martin O’Neill’s Aston Villa who staged a stunning fightback from 2-0 down at half-time to overcome Reading 4-2 at the Madjeski Stadium. In the other FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, Tottenham or Fulham will wrestle with Portsmouth.

Frank Lampard was also on target for the Blues yesterday but all eyes were again on Terry after his recent slump in form.

His alleged affair with Wayne Bridge’s ex-fiancee Vanessa Perroncel had the City fans in fine voice but Terry’s response — to point to his armband — was the first time he has reacted publicly to the fall-out from the Bridge saga.

Chelsea assistant first team coach Ray Wilkins said: “I would like to think (the abuse will stop) but it’s happening and John’s just getting on with the situation. I’m not too happy about it but there’s nothing I can do about it. He was taking a bit too much stick from the Stoke fans and wanted to remonstrate with them. He’s an exceptional captain.”

Terry said: “The armband means a lot, of course. Chelsea have been very supportive, the players as well. But the main thing was to come back from a disappointing result (against Manchester City) last week.”

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