In a bid to become the first player in history to score the 100,000th goal in the top flight, Chelsea defender John Terry has been left red-faced by the outcome of a crucial match against Manchester City.
Terry, who scored a stunning first-half hat-trick to send the game into extra-time, had been enjoying a fine start to the season when he was dismissed for a clumsy challenge on Manchester City’s Fernando Gago.
“I was just getting out of my half and I saw Gago come over and he was coming to my left and he just hit me,” Terry said.
“It was just a bad tackle.
It was a silly tackle.”
The 25-year-old, who was also booked, had already been booked for a second foul against Manchester United’s Anthony Martial and was given a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Sergio Aguero.
But Terry said he was happy to be playing the second half and admitted his reaction was “not really what I expected”.
“It wasn’t a bad challenge, but I was just trying to get the ball into the back of the net, so it’s just something I’m going to work on,” Terry told the BBC Sport website.
“Obviously it’s not my best moment.
Terry’s dismissal came after the visitors had been held to a 0-0 draw in their previous encounter at Old Trafford, when he also had to be red-carded for a late challenge on City’s Sergio Aguier. “
But I know I’ve been playing well so I’m just happy to get out there and give it my all.”
Terry’s dismissal came after the visitors had been held to a 0-0 draw in their previous encounter at Old Trafford, when he also had to be red-carded for a late challenge on City’s Sergio Aguier.
“We’ve just got to keep working hard, we’ve just had a few tough games,” said Terry.
“If you don’t have a lot going on, it can be hard to make the right decisions in the second period, so we’ve got to do a lot better at that.”
He added: “We’re just working hard to keep getting the job done.”
Terry was not booked for the incident, which also saw City midfielder Aleksandar Kolarov sent off for a foul on goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
“In football it is a matter of instinct, and I’m not going to be a perfect defender,” said the Blues defender.
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At the moment, I think I’ve got enough to be happy with.”
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