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LEE LOOKS AHEAD

Posted on 14 March 2007  - 12:00

Lee Young-Pyo says we haven't had time to be too disappointed with Sunday's FA Cup draw at Chelsea - the games are coming too thick and fast for that!

Lee Young-Pyo says we haven't had time to be too disappointed with Sunday's FA Cup draw at Chelsea - the games are coming too thick and fast for that!

We led 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s quarter-final before Frank Lampard and Salomon Kalou forced a replay at the Lane on Monday. It was the first time Chelsea had conceded three goals under Jose Mourinho and before their late response, we looked set to become the first English side to beat the Blues in 90 minutes on home soil for three years.

Although the overriding feeling was one of disappointment, attention was quickly turned towards tonight’s (Wednesday) UEFA Cup Round of 16 second leg against SC Braga at the Lane.

“It’s a real pity about Chelsea because it was a great performance in the first half,” reflected the left-back at the Lodge. “We were beating them 3-1 and at that point it looked good for us.

“The second half, I don’t know why, we just didn’t concentrate enough. I don’t think they scored great goals, they came from our mistakes, the second and third goals.

“Even though we’ve had a lot of matches in the last two weeks, we played well and mentally we are very strong.

"Still, we played very well and this is football, we can’t be too disappointed because we have another game straight away. We also have another chance in the FA Cup and I believe we can still go to the semi-final.”

Young-Pyo was confident of finishing the job off in the UEFA Cup after beating the Portuguese side 3-2 in the first leg last Thursday.

But he warned against complacency. “We have a good advantage because of our three goals and our form at home, everything is good for us but you can never think the job is already done,” he added. “We have to be careful from the first to the last minute because anything can still happen.

“I just think if we play to our best we shouldn’t have any problems. The most important thing is to keep the ball and control the game and that’s the thing in Europe, to keep the ball. We can then control the match, score a goal and then we should be alright.”




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