Chelsea defender relieved to escape punishment against Manchester United

We were treated to a thrilling encounter at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Chelsea storming into a 3-0 lead before Manchester United completed an unlikely comeback thanks to a Wayne Rooney penalty brace and Javier Hernandez header.

Chelsea defender relieved to escape punishment against Manchester United

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February 6th, 2012

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However, the Red Devils could have been awarded a first-half penalty or free-kick when Gary Cahill appeared to take the legs of Danny Welbeck after the Red Devils forward had got a touch on the ball.

Cahill was making his debut for Chelsea and could potentially have been handed a red card, with the former Bolton defender admitting he was fortunate to get away with the challenge.

“I thought the contact was outside the box anyway, and at the time I thought I had got the bottom of my studs on the ball,” Cahill, a January arrival from Bolton, told Chelsea’s official website.

“I have seen the replay and sometimes when you go through the player and across the player to get the ball they are given against you, so I was fortunate to get away with that one but if you see the direction the ball moves I think my studs actually touched it first.”

Cahill was naturally disappointed not to cap his debut with an important win and felt as though the second penalty awarded against Chelsea was a dubious call.

“The first one was probably a penalty but the second one was right in front of me and I didn’t think it was a penalty at the time and seeing the replay I haven’t changed my mind, so that went against us at a crucial part of the game.”

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