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Sylvain Distin took little satisfaction in securing the man of the match accolade against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Frenchman was selected as the game’s best performer by broadcasters BT Sport for his valiant display against the Premier League leaders.

But the 36-year-old said his award counted for nothing after John Terry’s controversial late goal consigned the Blues to a defeat that even Jose Mourinho said Everton didn’t deserve.

“We are very disappointed as we played a great game today and deserved better,” Distin said.

“It’s hard in the heat of the moment to think about the positives. You just see the negative but I’m sure after one or two days we will calm down and realise the performance we have put on today.”

In the aftermath, Blues boss Roberto Martinez disagreed with the decision to award a foul against Phil Jagielka in the lead-up to Terry’s winner.

And when the free-kick was played in by Frank Lampard, there was debate whether the Chelsea skipper was in an offside position when the ball appeared to flick the head of Branislav Ivanovic.

Despite the controversy, Distin was frustrated the Blues couldn’t keep their concentration right to the final kick.

“It’s part of football,” he added when quizzed on the nature of the goal. “Chelsea are an amazing team but it was for us to be more focused.

“Maybe it was a lack of experience and a lack of concentration in the final minutes when we conceded that goal. It’s difficult to accept.”

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