Michael Dawson admitted it would have been a bitter pill to swallow had we ended up losing against Chelsea.
After playing so well and going 1-0 up in the first half, we were faced with the agony of Didier Drogba stepping up for a penalty to win the game for the visitors in the 92nd minute.
Thankfully, that agony turned to ecstacy as Heurelho Gomes guessed right to save Drogba’s spot kick and ensure we held onto a deserved point.
In a cracking derby encounter, Roman Pavlyuchenko fired us ahead in the first half before Drogba lashed home Chelsea’s equaliser in the 70th minute.
“We’re disappointed not to win the game, simple as that,” said Michael, who made an impressive return to the side as skipper after three months sidelined with an ankle injury. “Had we ended up losing, it would have been devastating.
“We felt comfortable at 1-0 up, but they’ve world-class players and there is no doubting that.
“We didn’t feel under too much pressure or that they’d created too many chances. But they equalised when the ball went over my head, Drogba let rip and it ended up in the back of the net.
“We then conceded the penalty and Gomes is the hero.
“Maybe two or three years ago we would have been happy taking a point against Chelsea.
“This time we went into the game believing we could win it and we’d have been a point behind them if we had won.
“We’re still in the mix though. It’s not the worse result in the world, but it could have been better.”