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Cech - We deserved a point

Keeper disappointed to leave Loftus Road empty-handed

By Vasek Kadlec.   Last Updated: 24/10/11 12:49pm

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Petr Cech: Feels nine-man Chelsea deserved a draw against QPR

Petr Cech: Feels nine-man Chelsea deserved a draw against QPR

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes his side deserved a draw from their trip to QPR on Sunday, despite seeing two of their players dismissed.

The dramatic clash at Loftus Road saw promoted Rangers clinch a 1-0 victory over the visitors after Heidar Helguson converted an early penalty.

Both Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were handed their marching orders by referee Chris Foy, who also dished out seven bookings to the Blues.

Cech feels Andre Villas-Boas' men were unlucky not to take any points home after pressing for the leveller throughout the second half despite being reduced to nine men.

Shame

"I have never before played with nine men for such a long spell of time, at least I can't recall a situation like that," the keeper told his official website.

"In the end it could have been even worse because we had seven yellow cards and anything could happen.

"It's a shame we did not win because in the previous fixtures we were in good shape. However, we started slowly.

"Under the circumstances in which the match was played, our performance with nine players on the pitch in the second half was fantastic and we deserved to equalise.

"After the interval I was rather a sweeper than a goalkeeper as I was outside of the box almost all the time trying to distribute passes."

The Czech Republic keeper could have salvaged the afternoon for Chelsea when he joined his team-mates in the QPR area late on and almost nodded a free-kick home.

"I was standing with my back to the QPR goal and flicked the ball with my head," he added.

"However, I only aimed into their goalkeeper. Had it gone a few centimetres elsewhere it would have ended up in."

Decisions

Manager Villas-Boas made no effort to hide his anger with referee Foy's performance in his post-match comments.

But Cech refused to remark on the official's display, adding: "During the match a number of situations occurred and I am not going to comment on them.

"But everyone can take a look at the comments of our manager during the post-match press conference."

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