Writer: Mike Field
Date:Wednesday August 21 2013
Paul Lambert has admitted he is ultra proud of the lads tonight, but he's furious with the performance of Jose's Friend.
Speaking to the Official Site following the game that Chelsea basically won due to home advantage from the referee, our manager said.
'It's easy to come on and have sour grapes because you've lost but it's there for everyone to see. It's a clear elbow on Christian, it's a sending off and I think the referee is in the vicinity to do it. The penalty is a penalty. Everyone saw that. These are major decisions, you're asked to officiate and you miss two huge moments.'
Claiming Kevin Friend missed them actually does the referee a huge service in my humble opinion.
The Special One has already been in the press bleating that the referee got everything right, but I can't be alone in wondering whether he'd be bleating Manchester United get all the decisions had the referee tonight actually performed to even half the level Taylor did against Arsenal and ignored the home bias and pressure element.
I bet he would have. But when they go for you, you don't look for other things like every other referee agreeing with Taylor in the Arsenal game - who has subsequently been dropped from this weekends matches I believe - unless you happen to and realise that Arsene's ability to not see things, is clearly as clouded as Mourinho's ability to have seen anything tonight.
I'm yet to see a match report from the media not pointing out what a disasterous performance the referee put it, but let's not let that get in the way of anything eh.
We were playing Chelsea, we deserved to lose purely based on that and they had no help whatsoever.
Anyway on to brighter things.
'I am so proud of my team, I thought they were absolutely outstanding. Petr Cech has kept them in the game. The lads are together, they're a really strong group, they are young lads with energy and pace. The character is always there but some of the football? I was really proud of them.'
You aren't alone tonight Paul. You really aren't alone.
Thoroughly proud of the lads, and they can hold their heads high. The wannabee Champions this season and the Special One needed refereeing incompetence to take all three points.
I'll take that as improvement on last season and a great sign for us moving forward.
If Taylor was dropped for a perfect performance, I hope the FA have the sense to drop Friend from games as well. Especially those at Villa Park - afterall, we wouldn't want him caving to the pressure there and giving the away side everything would we...or something like that anyway.
Couldn't possibly happen eh!
Maybe he should handle the Cup Finals.
Date:Wednesday August 21 2013
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