Chelsea midfielder John Obi-Mikel believes his side could have won the west London derby at Loftus Road.

The Blues went behind to a Heidar Helguson penalty before Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba saw red for Andre Villas-Boas' side, sending the visitors down to nine-men in the first 45 minutes.

However, the better chances were created by last season's Barclays Premier League runners-up, and Mikel believes it was a second-half performance that deserved so much more.

"It's very difficult, I mean we played four at the back, three in the middle and one up-front. It is very difficult, but we gave it a go in the second-half, we came out, played very well, created chances and could have won the game," he told Chelsea TV.

"I think to be fair we didn't come out with them. Once the goal went in and then the red card I think we got demoralised.


 

"Second-half, we'd gone into the changing room and got together, and then came out and played fantastically well."

The Blues will have to re-group quickly ahead of Wednesday night's League Cup fourth round tie against Everton at Goodison Park, before a top flight clash with resurgent Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime.

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