Following defeat at the hands of newly promoted Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is seeking a rapid improvement from his side against Everton in the Carling Cup.

The Blues were left battered and bruised against Rangers on Sunday, with Heidar Helguson's penalty winner compounding the first-half red cards of Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba.

With a trip to Everton to come tonight, Chelsea have little time to lick their wounds, and the Portuguese boss doesn't want his players feeling sorry for themselves come kick-off.

"We should have played better with 11 men and committed less mistakes, and if we do that we avoid a couple of situations," said the 34-year-old.

 

"And if with nine men we are able to do that to Queens Park Rangers, with 11 men we should be able to do it. You expect better things from us with 11 men but on the other hand it happened. You have to analyse the game thoroughly. You can take the view that with 11 men we were not good enough with the same fluency at the start. Then we were down to 10 men pretty early due to a bad decision.

"We have suffered before in early parts of the game, for example against West Brom, and we were able to react. We have been with 10 men before and we won 4-1 against Swansea."

"It is just the nature of the game. There are better years and years where you don't get yellow cards,' he added. "We have to just deal with it - as you start accumulating them suspensions come early so we have to manage it as technical staff to get the most availability as possible.

"It doesn't mean a pattern of bad behaviour or aggressiveness."

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