Ancelotti accepts Blues draw

27 December 2009 10:37
Chelsea head coach Carlo Ancelotti was not too disheartened after seeing his side held to a goalless draw at in-form Birmingham City. The visitors passed up a number of chances to make the breakthrough at St Andrew's and ended the game with ten men when Florent Malouda was dismissed late on. Ancelotti said: "It is not a good result for us but, as for what we did on the pitch, I think we played well. "We had a lot of chances, showed very good heart and the goalkeeper for Birmingham (Joe Hart) made very good saves. "We are disappointed with the result but not for the performance of the team. We improved after the last time against West Ham. "We played well, Birmingham tried to play the counter-attack. It was a difficult game for us but I think that Chelsea did the best in this moment." As for Malouda's red card, he added: "Malouda did a foul at the end which was not a silly foul, it was just a foul and the referee decided it was a yellow card. "For me it was not a foul deserving a further yellow card, but I think the referee did a good job."

Source: ESA