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Cech revels in penalty save

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Cech saved twice from Baines after coming on. (©PAphotos)
Cech saved twice from Baines after coming on. (©PAphotos).

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech reveals he was unfazed by the proposition of a Leighton Baines' penalty after coming on against Everton in the Carling Cup.

Ross Turnbull's foul on Louis Saha, which led to the spot kick, saw the 26-year-old dismissed, forcing Cech to be introduced from the bench.

 

The Czech Republic international saved Baines' subsequent penalty as the Blues went on to record an extra-time victory, and the stopper says he was was unmoved buy the proposition.

"Sometimes that's the way it is," Cech said. "Obviously when you go in and you're facing a penalty kick it's not an ideal situation. I was sitting on the bench and suddenly had to come on.

"I was really watching the game and what was happening so I had an idea in a way when I came on what was going to happen, and with the penalty save it helps, and when you save the rebound it helps even more.

"Then after 90 seconds there was a third save and I can then say "Okay, I am warm enough!", so obviously I'm very pleased because it took me a while to get really warm but it was fine. It was the first time I had to go in like that and it was quite good."

Cech was eventually beaten by Saha's header seven minutes from time, but following Royston Drenthe's sending off, the visitors began to dictate, with Daniel Sturridge's cool finish helping the club into the last eight.

"So much happened. They started quite well but after 20 minutes we got control of the game and played very well," Cech added.

"When you are down to 10 men and playing 120 minutes you don't want the game to get crazy running up and down, and we didn't do that.

"We got some help with the sending off and as soon as we got 10 v 10 I was pretty positive we would get the goal, because in our passing and positioning we had done very well, and it gave us a massive advantage.

"Now we want to go all the way. We knew this was a tough draw and wanted to go through. We fulfilled our first target and let's see what will happen next."

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