Di Matteo pleased with behaviour
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo praised both sets of players for their conduct in the much-talked-about London derby with QPR.
Last Updated: 16/09/12 4:54pm
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo praised both sets of players for their conduct in the much-talked-about London derby with Queens Park Rangers.
All the build-up before the Premier League game at Loftus Road focused on the meeting between QPR centre-back Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea's John Terry and Ashley Cole.
After the corresponding fixture last season, Terry was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and was subsequently cleared in court where Cole acted as a character witness.
Terry is still facing a Football Association charge, which he denies, and so all focus was on whether Ferdinand would snub the Chelsea captain and Cole.
Ferdinand duly made a show of refusing to shake hands with the pair in the pre-match routines, much to the delight of the QPR fans at Loftus Road.
But once the game got under way, despite a typically fast pace and a few strong challenges, it largely passed without incident and ended in a comparatively forgettable 0-0 draw.
And Di Matteo told Sky Sports after the final whistle: "It was full of emotions and tackles and everything you expect from a derby with the rivalry there is between the two clubs.
"I thought both sets of players behaved very professionally, showed great attitude towards the game and it was a good spectacle."
He added: "They both showed a good example of how the game should be played. Hopefully people that watched it enjoyed the physicality and the football that was played."
Premier League table-topping Chelsea could have been given the chance to take all the points had they been awarded a penalty in the first half.
Eden Hazard went down inside the 18-yard area under a challenge from Shaun Wright-Phillips, which referee Andre Marriner chose to ignore.
But Di Matteo was more aggrieved at the match official's failure to act on an apparent foul by QPR centre-back Ryan Nelsen on Terry inside the penalty area.
"Nelsen on John Terry is a clear-cut penalty," said Di Matteo. "There is no doubt about whether it is or is not."