Stoke boss Tony Pulis could not hide his disappointment after the Potters conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 to Chelsea.
Pulis' side took the lead through's Abdoulaye Faye 32nd-minute goal, but Didier Drogba equalised on the stroke of half-time and Florent Malouda stunned the home side with a last-gasp winner.
Pulis said: "The result is disappointing for us because we battled
really hard and defended well. "They had a lot of possession second half and got a lot of bodies forward. We have given them a game and made them work hard.
"We haven't got the quality Chelsea have. I hold my hands up to that. They are a very good side. But our attitude and commitment and everyone's willingness to work will take us a long way."