Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso is none too pleased with a Huddersfield team that he believes “played a bad game” with a defensive mindset and time-wasting tactics.
After the match Alonso took aim at Huddersfield and also at referee Lee Mason, whom he feels enabled the actions.
“We’re very disappointed,” Alonso said, per Chelsea’s website. “We were so unlucky, we dominated the game and conceded a silly goal and then we couldn’t score [a second goal].
“They played a bad game, trying to waste time from the first minute and I think the referee stopped it very late. Their goalkeeper was taking a minute over his goal kicks from the first minute of the game and he only received a yellow card with five minutes to go.
“I don’t think that’s the right way, he should have stopped that before, but still we conceded the goal and failed to score from our chances. Today they defended with a lot of players, they were coming from playing against Man City and not conceding a goal so it’s not easy when they defend with six, seven or eight men in the box.
“We tried for the whole game and we were unlucky to concede the goal because I felt we were going to score sooner or later.”
Chelsea must now beat Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday and also hope that Brighton defeats Liverpool at Anfield in order for Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League.
“We have a game against Newcastle we have to go and win, and then we will see what happens with Liverpool,” Alonso said.
“Then we have another week to focus on the FA Cup final and try to get a trophy for the fans.”