English Premiership

Mourinho hints at Terry appeal

2015-08-24 08:20
John Terry (Getty Images)

West Bromwich - Manager Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea should contest captain John Terry's red card from the 3-2 win at West Brom but admits an appeal would probably be "a waste of time".

Mourinho appeared to be unhappy with the dismissal of his skipper for a foul on Salomon Rondon nine minutes into the second half at The Hawthorns a week after he was substituted at Manchester City.

But Mourinho hinted an appeal to the FA to have the sending-off overturned was unlikely after several failed appeals by Chelsea in the last year.

"Normally, it's a waste of time for us," said Mourinho. "I think we should (appeal), but normally it's a waste of time.

"Remember (Nemanja) Matic against Burnley last year, Diego Costa against Liverpool, (Thibaut) Courtois (against Swansea)?

"It's a waste of time."

Terry's dismissal by referee Mark Clattenburg meant the 34-year-old had failed to complete successive Premier League games for the first time in 17 years and 462 appearances.

He was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity when he was adjudged to have dragged down Albion's record-signing Rondon on 54 minutes.

"I don't want to make (anything of it)," said Mourinho.

"To speak about that I have to speak about many other things in the game, some things you can see, others we can see.

"It's a ball into space behind the full-back. The full-back is pressing high. The striker makes the movement and then Mr Clattenburg decides a red card."

Mourinho saw new signing Pedro mark his debut with the opening goal as Chelsea led 2-0 and 3-1 and then held on for their first win of the season following the loss of Terry.

Pedro is believed to have cost the Premier League champions around £21 million but Mourinho was delighted with the Spaniard's first Premier League performance.

"He is a very good player," said Mourinho. "There is always a question mark because how many top players come to England and don't perform immediately, and then people wonder if he's the right player, can he adapt, was he a good or bad buy?

"There are examples in our club, and in lots of clubs. So it's very nice for him to come and perform straight away as he did."

Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta were also on target for the Blues while James Morrison scored both West Brom goals and had a penalty saved by Courtois at 0-0.

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