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Conte rues Swansea’s second goal

The Blues boss felt Cahill was fouled in build up to Swansea goal

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte believes Chelsea should have taken three points from Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, with Leroy Fer believed to have fouled Gary Cahill in the build up to his goal.

The visitors had to settle for a point against Swansea, despite having control of the game, which saw the Blues gain just a one-point lead over Manchester United, who lost to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

It was an opportunity for the Blues to go level at the top of the table with City, but Conte admits he feels hard done by with just a point.

“I think it was a bad decision by the referee,” said Conte.

The Italian had admitted ahead of the game that striker Diego Costa needs to control his temper on the field, in a bid to avoid losing his star striker for the big games. However, he backed the Spain international on Sunday afternoon, admitting the referee didn’t give him enough protection.

“I can tell you that Diego Costa, from the first minute to 94 minutes, he took a lot of kicks.” Conte added.

However, the former Juventus boss admits his team paid for not taking their chances, having had 28 shots – seven of which were on target – compared to the Swans’ two.

“We lost two points. We were dominating the game and leading 1-0 and created a lot of chances to score the second and third goals.” said Conte.

“It’s a pity because when you have the possibility to kill the game, you must kill the game.”

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta added: “It’s a huge disappointment because we had control of the game for most of the time. We came here to get three points and to go away with one is disappointing.

“The second goal was a clear foul on Gary Cahill. But the spirit of the team was very good.”