Terry: “We’ve shown great character”

Terry: “We’ve shown great character”

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Chelsea captain John Terry has praised his side’s character as the Blues came back to draw 1-1 with Manchester United.

Diego Costa’s late strike grabbed a point at Stamford Bridge, cancelling out Jesse Lingard’s 61st-minute strike.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Terry said the Blues’ character was worthy of a point:

Looking at both halves, they started well in the first half. I thought in the second half as the game went on we grew into it.

“We were disappointed to go a goal behind actually, but great response again, we’ve shown that great character since the manager has come in, and it’s good to see.”

Speaking about the alleged Daley Blind handball in the first half, Terry said:

Yeah it was going in, I think. He’s put his hands up and it’s a difficult one for the referee but inside the box, it’s going in, it’s got to be a penalty for me. 

Although Terry said it was a good point, he also said that the Blues needed to pick up three points quickly to try and get out of the mid-table dogfight:

“To be honest we need to start winning games as we’re in and around that mid-table, and teams are dropping points in and around us so we need to start winning and getting out of it. We went on a good early run, but of late we’ve been drawing too many games.

“They’re a good side, they’re in a good bit of form as well, so a draw is not a bad result but ideally we need to start winning.

“The Champions League kicks in as well, and games are coming thick and fast, so we must improve.”

With this game being Terry’s first at Stamford Bridge since his announcement regarding his impending departure, the 34-year old said that the fans deserve praise:

“It was incredible. For me they are the best fans in the world, given what they’ve done and given to me as a young 14 and 17-year old boy.

“it’s a difficult one. At the end of the day the club is the most important thing. There’s no communication between myself and the club at the minute. I said what I had to say, and that’s how it was.

“I made it clear: I want to stay.

“But as I said before we need to start winning football matches, getting up the table, where we should be.

“We’re disappointed to be where we are in the league but the fans have been brillian and stuck with us through thick and thin.”