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Fergie Laments Lack of Chances in Chelsea Loss

  • ESPN FC, Monday, April 1, 2013 11:36 AM

Following Manchester United’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Chelsea in Monday’s FA cup quarterfinal replay at Stamford Bridge, Sir Alex Ferguson lamented his team’s inability to create a significant goal threat. United, which was without the injured Wayne Rooney, looked flat going forward throughout the 90 minutes. 

"We had a lot of possession but didn't make the best use of it, and on the counter they can cause you bother,” the Scot said. "We didn't lose another goal -- but I couldn't see us scoring ourselves, apart from Robin van Persie's volley, and [Petr] Cech made a good save from Chicharito [Javier Hernandez]. The first half we were absolutely comfortable. I couldn't see them being any great threat, but the goal changed the game."

Demba Ba’s spectacular volley from a delicate Juan Mata chip over the United defense proved to be the difference after 49 minutes. Ferguson suggested his defenders lacked concentration on Ba’s goal. "We spoke about Ba," he said. "We had the experience from Newcastle a couple of years back when he scored exactly the same type of goal. We had to be aware of that movement, and we were caught napping, to be honest."

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