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Grant pained by Chelsea cup loss

Chelsea manager Avram Grant
Grant was disappointed at some of the decisions in the final

Chelsea boss Avram Grant has told his players to get over their Carling Cup final loss and re-focus on the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

"It was very painful," said Grant after the 2-1 defeat by Tottenham at Wembley. "It is not a good feeling.

"The players are disappointed because we have come a long way to get to the final and we are proud to get here.

"But we still have the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup so we must now focus on them."

Grant questioned the award of a penalty to Spurs when Wayne Bridge was penalised for handball and Dimitar Berbatov slotted in the spot-kick to level.

Tottenham's winner came when Jonathan Woodgate was allowed to head in unmarked, although he was helped by keeper Petr Cech coming out of his goal and punching the ball against him and into the net.


"We led 1-0 and then until the second half there were no chances for either side. We had dominated more in the game and then came the decision about the penalty," said Grant.

"He touched the ball with his hand but I do not think it was deliberate. I don't think it was the referee's decision as he played on but it was the assistant.

"The penalty put them back in the game and that turned the match. The second goal was from a set-piece so we are disappointed."

He added: "It was always going to be close because cup finals are like this and it was not a great performance from both teams.

"We tried to score a goal and keep it tight but we lost."

Referee Mark Halsey blew for full-time in the midst of a Chelsea attack with Salomon Kalou going on to hit the post after Tottenham players had stopped playing.

"I have never seen such a thing in my life and I have never before seen the referee finish a match when this situation is happening," said Grant.

"Also in extra-time it was not a proper football match with all the stoppages."

see also
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
24 Feb 08 |  Football
Ramos v Grant
22 Feb 08 |  League Cup
Experts on the final
22 Feb 08 |  League Cup

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