RAY WILKINS has issued a plea for opposing fans to stop barracking John Terry.
The Chelsea skipper again came in for some sustained abuse from opposing supporters - although he had the last laugh when he headed in a Frank Lampard corner in the second half to seal a comfortable 2-0 win for the Blues against Stoke City.
Terry was back to his imperious best after a dodgy spell following revelations about his private life, but Stoke fans taunted him for losing the England armband.
He set up the first goal for Lampard before the break and after his goal, he goaded his tormentors in the away end by rolling up his sleeve to reveal the Chelsea captain's armband.
"Is it time fior it to stop? Well I would like to think so," said assistant boss Wilkins about the relentless taunting.
"It's served its course I think, but it's happening and John's just getting on with the situation. I'm obviously not too happy about it but there's nothing whatsoever I can do about it.
"But I think he's dealing with the situation in the only way he possibly can - that's getting on with his football and commiting himself to the cause. I think you saw from him another superb performance from him today. He's an exceptional captain and we're deligghted to have him on board."
Chelsea's win sets up a semi-final tie with Aston Villa at Wembley on April 10 or 11. Neighbours Fulham have been paired with Portsmouth in the other semi-final of they can get past Tottenham in their quarter final replay.