The Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits that the teaLeaguem just had an off-day at Wigan, and they have to quickly move on, starting with the Champions League match against Apoel Nicosia this Wednesday.
‘After any defeat you have to move on quickly and the good thing is that we have an opportunity to forget about the Wigan game with a game in midweek, it is better than having a whole week to think about it,’ he said.
‘It is always a pity when you end such a beautiful run with a bad game but it is better to lose when you know everything went wrong like it did on Saturday, rather than playing well and dominating the game. We know we didn’t play well enough to get three points.’
Cech was also surprised that he was sent off, and thinks that on another day it would have been just a caution.
‘The complaint was not about the penalty, because you can see why it is given, the player clipped my leg and fell down, which you see given many times,’ he conceded,
‘The surprise was the red card, because before the season started referee came to the training grounds to say which cases will be red or yellow cards. We had a good chat with them and one of the points was that if the player gets past the goalkeeper and the ball goes away from the goal, and there is a defender coming behind, it would be a yellow.
‘So when the ref whistled I thought it would be a penalty and a yellow card, because Ashley Cole was running behind me. If Rodallega had of shot he would have been there, so that is the surprise.
‘You can see some given as red cards and some as yellows. On the same day there was a penalty for Cardiff in the Championship, the goalkeeper (Sheffield Wednesday’s Lee Grant) made the same contact and got away.’
‘But no complaints, he decided to do that, I have a match off and unfortunately have to watch from the stands, that’s the way it is.’