Players | Managers | Clubs | Grounds | National Teams | Leagues & Cups
  My Quick Links:
    Paul Hart


Press article:

Chelsea 3, Scunthorpe United 1 - 10/01/2005

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Scunthorpe will go on to win League Two after they had pushed his Barclays Premiership side all the way at Stamford Bridge.

The Iron stunned the league leaders in an entertaining third round tie with an eighth-minute opener from Paul Hayes.

But Chelsea booked a place in the fourth round draw thanks to a first-half equaliser from Mateja Kezman, a cruel Andy Crosby own-goal and an 86th-minute clincher from Eidur Gudjohnsen.

But Mourinho, who gave debuts to youngsters Steven Watt and Nuno Morais as well as resting several regular first-team stars, said he was not surprised at Scunthorpe.

He was particularly relieved after selecting an inexperienced back four which included two players in unfamiliar roles.

Mourinho said: "I know cups. I know the mentality of the small teams and I know the mentality of the big players.

"I was not waiting for a big performance or a big result, I just wanted to go through.

"I cannot say I am unhappy with my players because I'm not. For Scunthorpe, it was the game of their lives but it was just one more game for us.

"It is a big difference but I have to compliment them because they play a game of quality not just commitment.

"They can play football, they have some good players and scored one goal. They could have scored more.

"They defend well and I think they have a good team. In their competition, they can win it."

United manager Brian Laws was proud of his players and disappointed they had not got something tangible out of the tie. Now he wants them to continue their push for promotion.

Laws said: "I am very proud of the players but a little disappointed we didn't get anything more out of the game.

"When the score was 1-1 there was some nervy play from Chelsea and it was disappointing for Andy to score the own-goal.

What is your opinion about this article?
Start a new topic at our forum!

Print article