England abuse has Terry up in arms

Chelsea captain defies taunters with goal / Wilkins demands end to the barracking

John Terry yesterday hit back at Stoke City supporters for taunting him over losing the England captaincy by rolling up his sleeve and pointing to his captain's armband after he scored Chelsea's second goal in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory.

The former England captain was subject to sustained abuse from the visiting fans yesterday over his sacking and his alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-fiancee Vanessa Perroncel. When he headed in his side's second goal he ran towards the Stoke supporters pointing at his armband – the first time he has reacted publicly to the fallout from the Bridge saga.

The goals from Terry and Frank Lampard earned Chelsea an FA Cup semi-final tie with Aston Villa who came from two down to beat Reading 4-2 at the Madjeski Stadium, thanks largely to a hat-trick from John Carew (right). The winners of the replay between Tottenham and Fulham will play Portsmouth in the other Wembley semi-final.

After the game, the Chelsea assistant first team coach Ray Wilkins said that the abuse of Terry had to stop: "I would like to think [the abuse will stop]. It's served its course but it's happening and John's just getting on with the situation. I'm not too happy about it [the abuse], but there's nothing I can do about it. He's dealing with the situation in the only way he can: committing himself to the cause. That was another superb performance from him.

"He was taking a bit too much stick from the Stoke fans and wanted to remonstrate with them. He's an exceptional captain and we're delighted to have him on board. He leads these players on the pitch in fantastic fashion. He scored a great goal."

Terry was grateful for the support of the Chelsea fans for whom he stayed on the pitch to applaud after the game. Terry said: "The armband means a lot. 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. We had a couple of days to work on the set-plays but they [Stoke] can play as well. It was a dodgy pitch but we played well to come back from a really bad result and performance last week. It's been a good week, good to get away with England, play well, and then come back here and prepare for this game."

The Stoke manager, Tony Pulis, who lost Glenn Whelan to injury, said Stoke's fans had nothing to apologise for in their treatment of Terry. "Our fans are brilliant, different class," Pulis said. "John will have to accept he'll take stick. He took stick from England supporters the other night. If John does well in the World Cup and wins it, he'll come back a hero. Ask John if it fires him up more."

Having only picked Carew because Gabriel Agbonlahor was taken ill yesterday morning, the Villa manager, Martin O'Neill, called upon the Norwegian striker to perform as he did against Reading more often. Shane Long scored twice in the first half for Reading before Ashley Young and then Carew won the tie for Villa.

"John at his hungriest can perform like that," O'Neill said. "He got the equaliser for us and his game lifted two or three-fold. Goals give him confidence and the next thing you know he is running the game. He can do that and I want him to perform like that more often. I would be delighted if he could score a hat-trick every week but first he needs to find a level of performance which is up there with the best strikers."

FA Cup semi-final draw

Aston Villa v Chelsea

Fulham/Tottenham v Portsmouth

Ties to be played at Wembley, 10/11 April

News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Nicholas Serota has been a feature in the Power 100 top ten since its 2002 launch
art
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Life and Style
CHARGE BOOSTER: Aeroplane mode doesn't sound very exciting, but it can be a (phone) hacker's friend. Turning on the option while charging your mobile will increase the speed at which your phone battery charges
techNew book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?