Guus Hiddink admits John Terry's equaliser should have been disallowed
By Lewis Jones
Last Updated: 16/01/16 8:31pm
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink admitted John Terry’s equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Everton should have been disallowed.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez called the level of refereeing "diabolical" after Terry's 98th-minute leveller was awarded, despite him being in an offside position following Oscar's header.
It was a dramatic end to a pulsating game, where Chelsea came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to draw as they moved a point further clear of the relegation zone.
Hiddink remains unbeaten in six matches since being appointed Chelsea caretaker boss for a second time and admitted his side benefited from good fortune.
"I can say now he (Martinez) is quite right," said Hiddink. "You have to be fair. Why should I deny it? I have seen it.
"Oscar touched the ball and, half a yard, John was offside even though he made a beautiful goal."
After a uninspiring goalless first half, the game at Stamford Bridge burst into life with all six goals coming in the second period, Everton racing into a 2-0 lead through a Terry own-goal and then a wonderful Kevin Mirallas effort.
Chelsea responded with two quick-fire goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, but Toffees substitute Ramiro Funes Mori flicked home what looked like the winning goal on 90 minutes - until Terry's late salvo.
Although Hiddink has yet to taste defeat since returning to west London, Chelsea have drawn four of their last five Premier League games.
Hiddink said: "We're not on the track where we want to be. The squad is reacting to every negative situation, so that's a plus. But of course, we need to be better. We on an unbeaten run of games, which is OK, but we'd like to make the next step.
"It was a balanced game in the first half, but after Everton scored it went on. It was spectacular. When you're 2-0 down it's very difficult, especially against a team who knows how to play. They play very good football and that's why it's difficult to come back. I'm very proud of my players in the way they came back."