Cech takes positives from defeat

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Chelsea stopper Petr Cech believes there were plenty of positives to be taken from yesterday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side were flattered by the score-line after a compelling and competitive clash at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Blues punished by a ruthless Red Devils side whilst squandering a handful of chances themselves.

It was a spirited second-half display that pleased the keeper most though, and whilst the Czech international would not call the result an unflair reflection, he sensed an opportunity had been missed.

"You can never say it is fair or not, but they scored three goals and we scored one. The reflection of the day is there. They were efficient in terms of scoring goals and that's why they won, [but] we can be pleased with our reaction in the second half," Cech told the official Chelsea website.

"Three-nil down is never easy, but we came back, scored a goal and created chances and 3-2 would have been an exciting end of the game but it tells a story that we didn't take our chances."

Still in the early stages of the season, the 29-year-old isn't at this stage worried by the five-point gap now created by the current champions to their Barclays Premier League rivals.


With many twists and turns still to come in the season, Cech insists the Blues just need to concentrate on their own performances rather than hoping rivals drop points.

"We don't care what people are into. We do our job, try to do our best and we will continue doing that," the goalkeeper continued.

"Even though we lost today there is a long way to go. City dropped some points [at Fulham] and you can see the league will be difficult for everybody. We are positive that although we lost we can build on it."

Fulham travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night in the Carling Cup, before Swansea City visit west London on Saturday to take on Andre Villas-Boas' side.

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