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Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma admits Blues must take blame for Villa stealing a point

03 Jan 2011 15:32:25

Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma admits Blues must take blame for Villa stealing a point

Heads up: Jeffery Bruma in action against Aston Villa Jeffrey Bruma admitted Chelsea only had themselves to blame after throwing away victory against Aston Villa to deal their Barclays Premier League title defence a devastating blow. Bruma was denied victory on what was his full debut for the champions as Villa snatched a last-gasp draw in Sunday's 3-3 thriller at Stamford Bridge. The result left Chelsea languishing in fifth place, six pointsbehind unbeaten leaders Manchester United having played a game more,and crucially outside the Champions League spots. The Blues had staged a late fightback from 2-1 down to lead 3-2going into stoppage-time but went to sleep to allow Ciaran Clark tosteal in at the back post and head an equaliser. That piled the pressure back on manager Carlo Ancelotti, and Bruma acknowledged the fault lay squarely with the players. The 19-year-old said: 'Everyone knows Premier League games arealways fast, quick, strong, so if we don't play our game then they willplay their game and you will see that they will dominate us. It canhappen. At the end, we were dominating them again and then you saw that we scored a goal. 'After, I think we should've kept the ball and been strong in the marking because the guy from Villa had a free header.' The young Dutchman insisted he was not personally responsible for Clark's equaliser, adding: 'I was marking my man. I think everyone else was, or maybe someone forgot to mark his one.' However, Bruma did struggle to cope with the outstanding Emile Heskey for much of the game, with the former England striker climbing above the teenager to head in Villa's second. 'He's a very strong guy,' Bruma told Chelsea TV. 'Obviously, when you play against a striker like him, you can't win every ball. 'You can't come always in front of him, because he's so strong.'  Cracking up! Chelsea losing grip on title after Villa's late show stuns CarloChelsea 3 Aston Villa 3: Ciaran Clark keeps his head to score dramatic late leveller and inflict further damage on Chelsea's title bidAll the latest Chelsea news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Emile Heskey, Carlo Ancelotti Places: United Kingdom


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