Jose Mourinho on John Terry red card: Appeal 'a waste of time' following sending off during Chelsea win against West Brom

Blues skipper was show straight red card during 3-2 win at the Hawthorns

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not blame John Terry for his sending off, but said appealing the decision was unlikely following his side's 3-2 win over West Brom.

Terry looked furious at referee Mark Clattenburg decision to show him a straight red card for pulling back Solomon Rondon just outside the box with the West Brom player bearing down on goal.

As Terry left the pitch, Mourinho did not acknowledge his skipper.

Asked about the possibility of appealing the decision, Mourinho said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time. (Nemanja) Matic against Burnley last year was a waste of time, Diego Costa against Liverpool was a waste of time.

"No (I don't blame Terry), it's a ball into the space behind the full-back, the fullback is pressing high, the striker makes the movement and then (referee) Mr Clattenburg decides it's a red card.

"To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game. Some things you can see and some things we can see.

"I prefer just to focus on us. Tomorrow the back pages have to be different because we won."

And Mourinho admitted, after a second red card of the season, the team must train to cope with it.

He added: "To train 10 v 11 is something we have to do and I'm not joking. We have to know what to do."

 

The victory was the first of the season for Chelsea, and Cesc Fabregas admitted all that mattered was the result.

Before the win over the Baggies, the Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea and lost 3-0 against Manchester City.

"One hundred per cent today was about winning, about getting the points and getting back on track," the Spain international said.

"We made it in difficult circumstances. It looks every time that we had a comfortable game and were dominating that something happens lately.We bounced back in a difficult situation.

"We work hard and we have to keep going, and before the international break we want six points."

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