Chelsea scored what turned out to be the winner after 52 minutes when Ricardo Carvalho strode forward from the back and unleashed a 30-yarder that flew past Ricardo Rocha, leaving Paul Robinson unsighted as the ball zipped past into the bottom corner.
Robinson soon denied Saloman Kalou but it was then Cech having to make the saves - a fingertip around the post diving to his right to deny bright substitute Adel Taarabt and then a carbon-copy of his tip over from Mido to keep a Berbatov header out.
"We would have loved to have scored a late equaliser, especially after the last couple of days," reflected assistant manager Chris at Stamford Bridge.
"Chelsea had one or two chances but we always felt we were in the game.
"I thought the lads were a credit to the club, not least those who played on Thursday night as well. The fact that we finished so strongly and kept going right until the final whistle is testament to them."
Asked if he was disappointed with the goal, Chris added: "Ideally we would have liked to have put more pressure on Carvalho, but sometimes you have to give credit to the strike. We are always disappointed to concede any goal, but the team is disappointed, not a lot is being said in the dressing room - it's something we'll look at when we get the opportunity."
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Chris Hughton insisted the lads deserved full credit for pushing Chelsea all the way in our 1-0 loss in the Premiership on Saturday - less than 48 hours after our UEFA Cup exertions in Seville.Chances were few and far between in a close first half and Petr Cech made the first serious save at either end when he tipped over Mido's header five minutes into the second half.