Chelsea boss slams opponents and ball boys after his side lose 1-2 to Newcastle
London: Substitute Papiss Cisse claimed a brace as leaders Chelsea's hopes of completing the Premier League season unbeaten were dashed by a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday.
Dejected Chelsea players applaud the travelling fans following their team's defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park. Pic/Getty Images
Cisse scored twice in the second half and despite Steven Taylor being sent off for Newcastle and Didier Drogba replying late on for the visitors, Alan Pardew's side held on for a third consecutive home win over Chelsea.
"My team lost the way I like to lose, which is to give everything and being unlucky. Only one team played to win," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told the BBC.
Ball boys to blame
Mourinho, in another interview with BT Sport slammed the ball boys at St James' Park.
"The ball disappeared every time. We want to play but there is no ball. Then when the ball comes back there is another ball.
"It is very difficult for the referee to deal with that because the referee cannot punish any player.
"We were very unlucky. We did not deserve this result, but we have to accept it and move on.
"It's the kind of strategy that unfortunately is still part of the game. Things were happening outside the pitch that the referee couldn't control," he added.
"I'm not obsessed with records and statistics. That's not for me. I want to win the league."
Chelsea recalled top scorer Diego Costa after he missed Wednesday's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur through suspension and they started brightly at St James' Park, with Willian twice shooting narrowly wide.