Antonio Conte reacts to John Terry’s performance in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Peterborough

The Chelsea manager was happy with John Terry's performance despite the captain's sending off

Antonio Conte insisted that he was pleased with John Terry’s performance despite his sending off after Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win against Peterborough in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League leaders ended Peterborough’s resistance in the 18th minute when Pedro Rodriguez continued his excellent form with his fifth goal of the season in all competitions before summer signing Michy Batshuayi extended their lead ahead of half-time.

Brazil international Willian made it 3-0 to leave Chelsea coasting to victory before Conte’s side suffered a setback when Blues captain John Terry received a straight red card for bringing down Peterborough striker Lee Angol.

The Posh made their man advantage count when Tom Nichols made it 3-1, but Pedro continued his prolific form with his second goal of the game to restore their three-goal cushion in the FA Cup third-round clash.

And Conte delivered a positive verdict on Terry’s first start for the west London club since November despite the captain’s sending off.

“John played a really good game,” Conte told his post-match media conference. “For me, in this season he has shown me great ability.”

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Chelsea are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table despite their 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in their most-recent top-flight fixture.

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