Wembley woe for Harry
Harry Redknapp said he didn’t want to ‘make excuses’, but conceded Chelsea’s controversial second goal ‘didn’t help’ as we suffered a 5-1 defeat in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday.
We were on top when Didier Drogba opened the scoring for Chelsea just before half-time.
Chelsea doubled their lead four minutes into the second half.
Carlo Cudicini saved David Luiz’s header, Ledley King, John Terry and Benoit Assou-Ekotto went up for the rebound and all ended up on the goalline and Juan Mata fired the ball towards goal.
Replays suggested that Benoit had cleared the ball off the line but the goal was awarded.
Gareth Bale gave us hope by reducing the lead to 2-1 after 56 minutes but Ramires scored the crucial next goal for Chelsea and the Blues ran away with it in the latter stages.
“I thought we were the better team in the first half and didn’t deserve to be behind at half-time,” reflected Harry.
“We hit the post, had one cleared off the line but then found ourselves 1-0 down after a wonder goal when we really should have been in front.
“I said at half-time that we’d played well and we had to keep believing, we were 1-0 down but didn’t deserve to be and that there was a game for us to win.
“The second goal is nowhere near a goal, but I wouldn’t want to make excuses. It was an honest mistake. I’m not going to sit here and say that’s why we lost the game, but it doesn’t help when you get a goal like that given against you.
“We got back into the game at 2-1 and I thought we were right in it then.
“I took a gamble then, brought on Jermain and went with four forwards. We needed a goal at that time but when you do that, you leave yourself open and they picked us off. We got punished in the end.
“It’s a big disappointment for everyone, us, the fans and we’re sorry how it’s gone but we’ve got to start again.
“We’ve still got a massive chance to finish fourth and we have to make sure we do it.”