Chelsea 3-4 Newcastle

Ancelotti concerned over Chelsea injuries

September 22, 2010

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti was more concerned with injuries to Gael Kakuta, Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou than he was by their Carling Cup exit to Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

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GettyImagesNicolas Anelka dragged Chelsea back into the game, but they could not get the win.

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A last-minute goal from Shola Ameobi earned Newcastle a place in the fourth round in a seven-goal thriller in west London. But the loss of two key players and a talented youngster were uppermost in the mind of the Italian coach ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Eastlands.

''Kakuta had a problem on his leg after the tackle in first half while Benayoun's injury is his calf and Kalou hurt his thigh,'' said Ancelotti. ''We will know more tomorrow but they don't look good. The will miss the next few games.

''These things can happen in football. It was a strong tackle on Kakuta and he was unlucky. The problem with his back is from the fall.''

Ancelotti was at odds with Newcastle bench when the Italian waved an imaginary card at referee Phil Dowd in a bid to get Taylor sent off in the second-half.

''I tried because this is football,'' he joked. ''Maybe it is the last time I do this. I was excited because the match was very good. We were 3-1 down with 10 men and I was excited by this but I showed respect for everyone.

''I am disappointed with the result but happy with the performance. We had a fantastic reaction when down 3-1 and it was 10 against 11. There was good spirit and personality from the young players. The game was very difficult but at the end we are happy for the performance of our players.

''The Carling Cup is not our priority. We have a very big game this weekend. We wanted to give opportunity to our young players to improve their skills and rest some of first team players. I am not so disappointed.

''We did our best. I am disappointed for the result because we conceded four goals, but the performance was good.''

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton insisted he never saw any untoward actions from Ancelotti and was, not surprisingly, delighted by the performance of his players. He was disappointed with the penalty award when Alex went down under the challenge of substitute Cheik Tiote.

''We showed great character and great finishing to get back in the game,'' said Hughton. ''But I never saw anything from Ancelotti. The equaliser for them to get back 3-3 was the softest penalty you will ever see and it got them back in the game. Fortunately, it was us that stopped the game going to extra-time.

''I didn't think it was a penalty. That is an understatement. It disappointed me because at that stage we hang on and win 3-2. If we had not got the winner and it had gone to extra-time, it would have been a travesty.

''This was a game that most people felt we couldn't win irrespective of what side they put out. It speaks volumes for the players in the changing room. Hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games.''