Ashley Cole is looking at the positives after Chelsea’s disappointing 1-0 loss to QPR at the weekend, with the left-back insisting that the side are getting closer to challenging title leaders Manchester United and Manchester City.

Cole was one of seven players to receive a yellow card against the Hoops on Sunday, while Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba were sent off to leave Chelsea two men down and struggling against an energised squad at Loftus Road.

And Cole believes that while the sending-offs made the game almost unwinnable for the Blues, a 1-0 loss under such circumstances showed strength in the side.

“It is always an uphill battle with 10 men, let alone nine men but we still played and we still created chances but unlucky enough for us we couldn't do it,” Cole told the official Chelsea website.

“Unfortunately the decisions didn't go our way but we have to take the positives out of it. We stood firm, we had our chances to a least draw and the team battled well and that is what we want.

“Of course we are disappointed that we lost against local rivals but we didn't stop trying to win the game and I think we deserved a point at least.

“It is a tight pitch [at QPR], the fans are good so we knew what we were coming into and it was probably a place to keep cool heads and maybe we lost a few but we want to take the positives out of it.”

While Cole is suspended for the upcoming game against Everton, with the 30-year-old picking up five yellow cards so far this season, he is hoping to continue his run of game time with Chelsea and keep performing to his best.

“I've tried to keep myself as fit as I can and be available for as many games as I can play,” he added. “I have been lucky enough to play [the last] 50 now in the league and I hope I can carry it on.”

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