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CARRA ON BRIDGE BLOW

Posted on 14 March 2006  - 12:00

Michael Carrick reflected on the last-gasp defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, describing the late denial of a point as 'hard to take'.

Michael Carrick reflected on the last-gasp defeat to Chelsea on Saturday, describing the late denial of a point as 'hard to take'.

It was William Gallas who inflicted the stoppage time show-stopped, cutting in from the left before drilling the ball high past Paul Robinson. Although the home side had much of the possession and were pressing for maximum points, the boys were looking composed in their work and appeared to be good value for a point.

Something the midfielder goes along with.

"It is hard to take when you have played well and think you deserve to get something out of the game," reasoned Michael. "What can you do? You don't expect Gallas to do that and he won't score many of them in his career.

"It was a great strike into the top corner and you've just got to hold your hands up sometimes.

"We were comfortable - especially in the second half - and we steadied the ship after we got the goal back. We had a lot of possession and we were thinking along the lines of nicking it and getting all three points.

"They hit the post, but it wasn't as if they carved us open and created chance after chance. Robbo didn't really have a lot to do, but that makes it a bit more hard to take."

Chelsea's opener was one Michael will not want to see many repeats of for it was his stray pass that was intercepted by Shaun Wright-Phillips and led to Michael Essien being given a free hit on goal.

"It is one of those things, I didn't see him and there was a crowd of players - he is only small and popped up from nowhere!" added the England international. "It hasn't happened to me too many times, thankfully."