Mourinho defends late Chelsea penalty decision following West Brom fury

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side’s late penalty which helped earn a 2-2 draw at West Brom was a “clear penalty”, according to BBC Sports.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires was on a surging run into the Baggies’ penalty area in the last minute of injury time when a collision occurred with Steven Reid, and referee Andre Marriner awarded the spot-kick despite the hosts’ protestations. Eden Hazard tucked away the penalty, and spared the Blues’ blushes in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho believes that, having watched the incident back on video, the decision was the correct one, admitting he can imagine West Brom coach Steve Clarke’s frustration. The Portuguese said: “I have watched it two or three times and it was a clear penalty. The referee made many mistakes during the game but that was not a mistake.”

“It is always a difficult situation to accept for the team that is winning, but when they go home they will see on their screens that it was a situation where the referee did not make a mistake.”

Former Chelsea favourite Clarke, however, believes that Marriner simply bowed down to Chelsea’s demands, stating: “The boy went into the box, he went down looking for it and the referee obliged him. The atmosphere at the bigger stadiums when you go away from home can influence decisions, but I think the decision today was particularly galling.

“It is ridiculous to have to take it because it wasn’t a penalty. That’s five points my team have lost because of late decisions on penalties. I’m sad and I’m angry but I’m also very proud because we were magnificent today.”

The result means Chelsea keep their place in the top four, sitting a single point behind this season’s surprise package Southampton, and a point ahead of London rivals Tottenham. West Brom, meanwhile, are sitting solidly in 10th, five points clear of the relegation zone.

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