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Martinez: Loss Was Cruel

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said his side had every right to feel hard done by after they lost to an injury-time strike at Chelsea.

The Blues were the equal of the Barclays Premier League leaders for much of the contest at Stamford Bridge but fell to John Terry's late intervention.

"The scoreline is harsh and unfair, and it doesn't reflect what we did on the pitch," said Martinez. "In terms of coming to Stamford Bridge and playing in the manner that we did, it was very much Everton today and I'm pleased with that.

"We could've got a bit more joy in the final third with the amount of possession we had, but I felt we were magnificent in the first half and tactically the players were incredible. The way we defended and the way we attacked, we always carried a threat."

Terry's stoppage-time winner came from a Frank Lampard free-kick after Phil Jagielka was adjudged to have fouled Brazilian Ramires.

Replays suggested the award of a free-kick was harsh on the Blues and Martinez said it was a bitter pill to swallow so late in the game.

He said: "I couldn't see Chelsea scoring from open play. They got that free-kick, which the replays show shouldn't have been given. That's probably the hardest thing to take about the scoreline."

Everton's travelling supporters were in full voice for the duration of the game and Martinez added: "The performance was everything that our fans deserved, they were very vocal from the first second and that really gave us a great starting point."

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