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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK
Addicks were lucky, says Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he thought Charlton were lucky after his side went out of the Carling Cup 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Robert Huth was the only player to miss a spot-kick as Chelsea lost their first competitive game of the season.

"I'm very disappointed but we played a proper game, everyone did their best and we deserved to win," said Mourinho.

"I have no complaints. Charlton fought a lot and they fought for that luck, which they got. They were just lucky."

He added: "It's obvious that we're upset and very sad to be out of the competition.

"Sometimes a big team loses a cup tie on commitment and attitude but we didn't lose on that today.

"I have no complaints about any of my players. I said to Robert straight after the game 'tomorrow is another day and Saturday is another game'.

"He must get on with his football but he should try and find out why he missed a penalty.

"We practised for two days before this game and he was our best one, the player I had least doubts about taking one."

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley revealed some of his players did not want to take a penalty.

"A few of them were dithering, one or two got bullied into it but they came up trumps," said the Addicks boss.

"Bryan Hughes wanted to take his but some of the others weren't too keen - if it had carried on we would have had to push someone out of the centre circle.

"But we didn't really want to go to extra-time and neither did Chelsea."

The draw for the fourth round of the Carling Cup is on Saturday and Curbishley added: "It was a great night for us and a great achievement.

"Who knows what will happen in the next round. It was a night for the fans but I would swap it for a home win in the league.

"I guessed Chelsea's team except for Frank Lampard being on the bench. It is such a tough game against them but the lads defended brilliantly.

"The turning point was getting the equaliser so soon. Let's hope we get a decent draw and move on."

Interview: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

Interview: Charlton boss Alan Curbishley


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