On the performance...
"I was very pleased with our performance. Overall I think we deserved to win tonight. Chelsea are a good side, they have some really good players, and that's a mark of our young players, to play against another good side. Football-wise I thought we dominated the play in the first half."

On 'possession for a reason'...
"We spoke about runs without the ball. It's not always about getting the ball to feet, sometimes you've got to make unselfish runs where you open it up for someone else. I think we've created three good chances in the first half through good football, making good runs. We've got in and maybe with a little more composure in front of goal we could really have had a couple of goals in the first half."

On whether composure in front of goal comes with age...
"I think so. I think maybe they get a little bit tight when they get in there. Fran [Merida] has said he should have scored because the players really feel it when they don't, but overall I was really pleased with them."

On his post-match team talk...
"I told them it was a good performance. Defensively we had good shape, tactically the boys did what they were looking for. They were well-marshalled by Mikael [Silvestre], it was a pleasure for the lads to play with him. In the second half we took our foot off the pedal a little bit but Chelsea upped their game. But I thought we defended solidly right through the team. They know they have played well tonight, collectively as a team and as individuals."

On the red card for Miroslav Stoch...
"To be honest it's a difficult one. It was a tackle and after what went on afterwards it was a difficult decision for the referee to make. If he has kicked out then by the letter of the law [he has got to go] but I didn't see him kick out to be honest."

On Mikael Silvestre's presence...
"I think Mikael enjoys the game. He has just said 'well played' in there and for the young players to play alongside him, it's invaluable. Things get passed on which are not said on the training ground. [When they play together] young players can learn about the fineries of the game from senior players, so hopefully the likes of Kyle Bartley will have learned something tonight. Mikael doesn't even need to say something, you can pick things up just by seeing his position and the lines he takes."

On the next game - Tottenham at home...
"Again, they've got some good young players and a young side and it will be another good football game."

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