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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 January 2006, 19:36 GMT
Mourinho pays tribute to Terriers
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho paid a handsome tribute to Huddersfield after his team's narrow 2-1 win over the League One side in the FA Cup.

"They gave us a real game but we should have scored more than two goals in the first half," said Mourinho.

"Huddersfield's spirit was fantastic, just like Scunthorpe last year, and they didn't come here and play with five defenders at the back.

"They did not show us too much respect and that is great."

Carlton Cole opened the scoring for Chelsea after 12 minutes before Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised late on.

But Eidur Gudjohnsen scored Chelsea's winner with nine minutes to go - and Mourinho said he was glad to avoid a replay.

"When the score is 1-1 anything can happen but we had enough chances in the first half to kill off the game," added Mourinho.

"We didn't do that and Huddersfield fought well. The pace of our game went down in the second half and their self-belief was up.

"The situation was not to go to Huddersfield and play another 90 minutes. I was happy when we scored the second goal."




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