Petr Cech believes his Chelsea teammates were unlucky not to take any points home from the 1-0 west London derby defeat at the hands of QPR.
The Blues pressed for a leveller throughout the second half at Loftus Road despite being reduced to nine men, but it wasn't enough as Andre Villas-Boas' side were condemned to their second Barclays Premier League defeat of the season.
Heidar Helguson's penalty gave Rangers the early advantage, before Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba received their marching orders before half-time, leaving Chelsea with an uphill struggle to get back into the game.
"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," Cech told the official Chelsea website.
"In the end it could have been even worse because we had seven yellow cards and anything could happen."
Cech admitted that the players were disappointed to come away empty-handed, but said the manner of the performance, and never-say-die attitude should give the Stamford Bridge faithful plenty of reason for optimism.
"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," he added.
"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.
"It's a shame we did not win because in the previous fixtures we were in good shape. However, we started slowly [and never recovered]."
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