Chelsea debutant Cahill admits he was ‘sickened’ by Man United draw
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill could not hide his disappointment after the Blues squandered a 3-0 lead to draw with United
Gary Cahill has admitted he was left with a “sickening” feeling after Manchester United completed a remarkable second-half comeback to snatch a draw at Chelsea.
The Blues found themselves 3-0 up after 50 minutes thanks to a Jonny Evans own-goal, Juan Mata’s stunning volley and David Luiz’s header – but United fought back as Wayne Rooney tucked away two penalties and Javier Hernández snatched a point with his 84th-minute header.
It all made for an action-packed Chelsea debut for centre-half Cahill, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Bolton last month.
“It was a fantastic game to be involved in and it was in at the deep end but these are the games you want to be involved in, however any game you go 3-0 up you expect to win so that has put a dampener on my debut,” he said.
“It is a sickening feeling like we have lost the game. The mood is a bit flat and we are disappointed. The second half we started fantastically well and went 3-0 up and really should have seen the game off from there, but the second penalty was disappointing.”
Cahill admits he was perhaps a little lucky not to have conceded a penalty in the first half when he appeared to foul Danny Welbeck in the box.
“I thought the contact was outside the box anyway, and at the time I thought I had got the bottom of my studs on the ball,” he continued.
“I have seen the replay and sometimes when you go through the player and across the player to get the ball they are given against you, so I was fortunate to get away with that one but if you see the direction of the ball moves I think my studs actually touched it first.”