Mourinho: Officials punished Blues

first_img The Portuguese was short when asked about a Diego Costa’s first-half penalty appeal and curt when answering questions about Courtois’ dismissal for bringing down Gomis. “I do not want to speak about red cards,” he said towards the end of the press conference. Asked whether that would be a policy this season, Mourinho retorted to laughter in the press room: “No, it is just because the first time I can control myself. “I want to react this way so you don’t say he was (complaining) from day one. In day one we were punished, but it was not on day one that I opened my mouth.” Mourinho may feel hard done by, but Swansea counterpart Garry Monk believes the officials’ decision was correct. “From where I was sat and the replay I saw, the referee got it right,” the Swans boss said. “Bafe would have had a goalscoring opportunity when the keeper took him down and he took him down inside the area, so it’s definitely a penalty and obviously a red card.” In truth, Swansea were unlucky to return to south Wales with just a point to their name, having continued where they left off last term. “I thought for 90 minutes we were excellent,” Monk said. “We really competed. “I set the team up to be offensive and showcase the talent we have in the squad, and I thought we did that for 90 minutes. “Of course there were periods when we had to defend well, but you’d expect that at a place like this against a really good team. “We were excellent. The best chances fell to us. We had some very good chances. We always looked dangerous and got the result we deserved.” Mourinho also moved to explain why he was so animated late in the game when Eden Hazard had to leave the field – leaving Chelsea with nine men temporarily – after receiving treatment. “I was unhappy with my medical staff. They were impulsive and naive,” he told Sky Sports. “Whether you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench you have to understand the game. “You have to know you have one player less and to assist a player you must be sure he has a serious problem. I was sure Eden did not have a serious problem. He had a knock. He was tired.” Press Association Oscar’s free-kick and a Federico Fernandez own goal either side of debutant Andre Ayew’s classy effort gave the hosts a comfortable half-time lead, only for Thibaut Courtois’ sending-off shortly after the restart to change the dynamics. Bafetimbi Gomis slotted home the resulting penalty and Chelsea just about held on after the goalkeeper’s red card, launching a desperate late bid to turn the draw into a win. “We tried,” Mourinho said. “I repeat this for a long, long, long time, even in my first period here, because my record at Stamford Bridge is something incredible. “I never played for a draw. Never. So if today we lose, we lose. “But at home a draw is only good in special circumstances, like last year, for example, when we were almost champions so a draw against Manchester United was a good result. “Apart from that, we play at home to win and we tried that, so it is normal. The players know that. They know one point is one point. “Playing with 10 men for such a long time is much more difficult and fundamentally I am happy with the quality they had in the first half and I am happy with their spirit in the second half, so we are in peace. We are not happy with the result.” Mourinho also did not appear to be particularly happy with referee Michael Oliver and his assistants. There was a feel-good factor around Stamford Bridge heading into the game, with the club basking the afterglow of last season’s success and the self-proclaimed Special One penning a new long-term deal. However, things went awry on the field as the Blues drew 2-2 – and were fortunate to avoid becoming the first Premier League champions to start their defence with defeat. Jose Mourinho attempted to keep his counsel after Chelsea’s stuttering start to their Barclays Premier League title defence, yet could not help let slip that he felt officials had “punished” his side against Swansea.last_img read more

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett help Nets beat Doc Rivers’ Clippers

first_imgNEW YORK — Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson each scored 21 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, making Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners in their first matchup with Doc Rivers. Brook Lopez had 16 points and Deron Williams 15 for the Nets, who won their season-high third straight. Pierce scored 10 points off the bench in his second game back from a broken hand.Chris Paul scored 20 points but had just two assists as the Clippers lost for the first time in nine games this season when he reaches 20. Pierce and Garnett went 2-0 in a reunion tour of ex-Celtics this week. They helped the Nets beat Boston here Tuesday, then Rivers made an emotional return to Boston on Wednesday. Rivers said before this game he knew it would be fun because of how competitive his two former stars are. It finally rubbed off on their new team, as the Nets were much more fired up than in some of their poor performances during an 8-14 start. Garnett had just two points but played rugged defense on Blake Griffin, shaking off coach Jason Kidd’s attempt to sub him out in the second quarter after picking up a third foul. He was whistled for his fourth in the third quarter that was so hard officials originally called it a flagrant before overturning it when replay showed he’d actually hit Griffin in the upper arms, not the face. Rivers coached Pierce and Garnett to the 2008 NBA title, but wasn’t interested in remaining in Boston after last season once it became clear the Celtics were heading toward a rebuilding era. The Celtics let him go to Los Angeles in exchange for a first-round pick. The Clippers wanted Garnett, too — and maybe even Pierce — but the teams couldn’t find a way to make a deal that would’ve been legal under NBA rules.Pierce and Garnett were eventually dealt to the Nets, and Rivers remains close with the duo. Garnett took a detour during his intense pre-jump ball ritual to stop at the Clippers bench for a hug with Rivers and his assistants from Boston. Pierce and Rivers had a couple of chats and chuckles during the game. Both sat out Nets’ loss in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, along with Williams and Lopez. The Nets are healthier now and finally playing good basketball. Griffin had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who were a step behind on the sixth stop of their seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday at Washington. The Clippers jumped to an 11-2 lead and were ahead 25-20 after one quarter, but the Nets controlled the latter stages of the half. Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 19-7 over the final 4:41, turning a 37-all tie into a 56-44 lead, the final basket drawing oohs from the crowd when Williams shook free of Paul with a crossover dribble and into the lane for a layup. Third quarters have been a struggle for the Nets, but the players and fans throughout the arena were on their feet when Blatche made three straight jumpers late in the period. The Nets gave him the ball for one final chance, but he was off a last attempt and they took an 83-62 lead to the fourth.NOTES: Williams improved to 15-5 against Paul, his friend and U.S. Olympic teammate who was chosen one pick after him in the 2005 draft. … Stephen Jackson was credited with his first basket since signing with the Clippers on a goaltending violation in the third quarter. The Clippers signed the veteran forward Tuesday and he was scoreless in 12 minutes Wednesday.———Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more