Premier League

November 3, 2012


Swansea City

1 - 1


Premier League

15:00 +00:00, November 3, 2012

Liberty Stadium, Wales

Di Matteo: Chelsea not distracted by off-field drama

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo does not believe the Mark Clattenburg affair had an effect on his side's performance in their 1-1 draw with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

He said: "I wouldn't read anything into what has happened in the last week and the result today. It is very difficult to win away from home in the Premier League.

"This is our second away draw of the season - we have won the rest of the games. It is disappointing not to have hung on to our lead but even when you are not brilliant, you need to get a result like that.

"It's a long season and it is going to stay very tight at the top. There are a few teams fighting for that. We are in touch and we are going to show how strong we are in the future.

"Talking about the football is how it's supposed to be week in, week out. Everyone would like it to be this way, including me. I've got to say the officials were very good. Kevin Friend did very well in the game to keep both teams calm and let the game flow.

"He didn't have any influence on the game. I congratulated him after the game because they were very good. I didn't speak to the players before the game about the referee. Generally our team is very good (with officials).

"There has to be something really out of the ordinary for them to react. In general, we are a fair team.

But Di Matteo did acknowledge the two thrilling clashes with Manchester United - the league fixture was followed by the nine-goal Capital One Cup tie in midweek - may have hurt his side.

He said: "We have certainly felt (tired) this week after the two games with Manchester United, including extra-time. It would have been great to finish off the week with a 1-0 victory. The disappointment is we have conceded a late equaliser.

"I thought we had more of the game and clear chances than Swansea. When the opposition equalises so late on then you tend to think it's a bit lucky.

"To be honest, they didn't have any real clear chances, but they scored a quality goal."

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup only had the football to discuss, and thought the point was well deserved.

He said: "I think it was a deserved point. It was, in many ways, a copy of the game we played last week against Manchester City. That time we deserved a point but didn't get anything, we did this time.

"They had a few goal chances, we had a couple, two or three half chances. There were not that many chances. A point for each was a fair result.

"Their goal was a bit lucky but we came back, got some fresh people on the pitch and really put them under pressure. I think we deserved it. It was a great goal by Pablo.

"It has been an important week for the club. we have had three different results the last week but three very good performances.

"It's nice to see that we can play like that against the big teams in our way of playing. That's important for us."

Scoring Summary

Swansea City Chelsea
Pablo (88')Victor Moses (61')