Jose Mourinho claims West Brom shouldn’t feel aggrieved by late Chelsea penalty
The Baggies appeared to be closing on a famous win at Stamford Bridge, with goals from Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon turning the game on its head against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
November 9th, 2013
With West Brom weathering the storm in the second half, it appeared as though Steve Clarke’s team were going to claim three points before Ramires tumbled in the penalty area after what appeared to be minimal contact from Steven Reid.
The visitors were incensed as Andre Marriner pointed to the spot before Eden Hazard slotted home the spot kick to ensure that Mourinho’s unbeaten Premier League home record as Chelsea manager remains intact, with the Blues boss claiming that the penalty was correctly awarded.
“I am sure it was a penalty. I watched after the match from different angles and different speeds and no doubt it was a penalty,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“No doubt it is a free-kick against West Brom when they scored their second goal, so if somebody has to be upset with the referee’s work it is Chelsea and not West Brom.
“It is hard to accept when you think you are winning the game and you concede a penalty in the last minute, but the referee is one of the best in the country and one of the best in Europe.
“Today I didn’t like his performance. He made too many mistakes and all of them against us, but Andre is one of the best referees.”
Mourinho wasn’t too concerned that he managed to keep his unbeaten record alive, claiming that the run will have to end at some stage, while it was still two points dropped in their chase for the title.
Mourinho said: “I didn’t think about it. If you ask me if I am happy because we didn’t lose, I am not happy because I wanted to win the game.
“To me it is not a big deal. One day I have to lose at home and the day I lose it will be a big day because it is a day to remember how many matches I was unbeaten.”