Hiddink blames referee after Chelsea held by Stoke

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 7:10

Guus Hiddink: Feels Chelsea were wrongly denied

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink feels his side were wrongly denied a penalty in a “key point” of their 1-1 draw against Stoke at Stamford Bridge. 

Mame Biram Diouf scored an 85th minute equaliser for Stoke to cancel out Bertrand Traore’s opening goal for the Blues and deny Chelsea the win.

But interim boss Hiddink believes that his side should have been awarded a penalty when 1-0 up in the match when Oscar was brought down in the box.

The Dutchman felt that Stoke “got some encouragement” after they were not awarded the decision, and the Potters then went on to snatch a point that sees them remain three points above Chelsea in the Premier League table.

Speaking after the match, Hiddink said: “Stoke play well and creatively and they pushed us back. The first goal we got after a sloppy start, it was a beautiful goal.

“We should have got a penalty for a foul on Oscar. Any referee would have given a free-kick if it was outside the box. That was a key point. Stoke got some encouragement after that.

“We have rested one or two players but it’s good to see the players who came in, especially the young ones, like Traore and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, do well.

“Everyone knows in December we were one point off the relegation zone. There was a little bit of panic. Through a lot of draws at the beginning, we moved away and then we had to make the next step with victories, which we did.”

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