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Opposition view

Posted on 21 March 2009  - 12:00

Guus Hiddink was left to reflect on a missed chance for his Chelsea side to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

Opposition view

Guus Hiddink was left to reflect on a missed chance for his Chelsea side to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.

United lost 2-0 at Fulham but Chelsea couldn't get the better of us at the Lane as we ran out deserved 1-0 victors thanks to Luka Modric's 50th-minute strike.

It was Chelsea's first defeat under Hiddink, who said: "We lost a huge opportunity, knowing that United were losing, it was a great chance to really change things. But we missed it due to our start, especially in the second half.

"We talked about that at half-time, we knew they would come at us from the start and we emphasised that but it was very sloppy defending for their goal.

"When you're chasing you have to win your games but to lose the goal as we did in the 10 minutes after half-time, with so many professionals and internationals, was bad for us.

"The team finally woke up and we took over. Gomes made one world-class save, and that saved the game, but after that it was over. We had pressure but we were reacting to them."