John Terry reacts to controversial late equaliser against Everton


John Terry was at the centre of controversy after scoring a98th minute offside equaliser against Everton.

The Chelsea captain flicked in Oscar’s header one minute after the allotted seven minutes injury time was up to grab a 3-3 draw .

Everton manager Roberto Martinez was furious after the game and labelled the refereeing “diabolical” but Terry claimed he wasn’t bothered.

“I don’t really care as it was my first this season,” he told Sky Sports after the game.” It’s an important one as we’re still undefeated since the manager has come in.

“To keep that little momentum, ideally we needed three points, we’re not happy where we are in the league, we need to start winning games but every game’s tough and every opposition seems to be stepping up their game.”

Terry had opened the scoring in the game with an own goal to give the Toffees the lead. Kevin Mirallas doubled their lead before Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas levelled it up.

Funes Mori restored the Merseysiders lead before Terry’s late, late equaliser, which was clearly a yard or two offside.

Terry added: “[It was] difficult especially after going 2-0 down. A lot of teams would have thrown the towel in, but the fight and the desire from the squad unbelievable to come back, and [we were] unlucky no to win the game I think.

“Both teams were sussing each other out a little bit [in the first half], [then] it opened up slightly with more goals and chances, but it was a tireless effort from the boys.

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ReutersJohn Terry scores the third goal for Chelsea
ReutersJohn Terry celebrates scoring the third goal for Chelsea
Reuters / Stefan WermuthJohn Terry celebrates scoring the third goal for Chelsea

“I think all we can do at the moment is give everything and I think the fans appreciate that even at 2-0 down, everyone on their feet singing and applauding the players.

“[It was] different class from them, unbelievable desire from the players as well. As I said before, we want to get out of this position we’re in — we will do if we continue that fighting desire.”

Meanwhile, Blues boss Guus Hiddink admitted to Match of the Day the goal was offside: “I will not deny it – it was offside because Oscar touched the ball, even though John was technically perfect [with the finish].”

“I took some risks and it paid off in a spectacular way. The team is very resilient.”

He added: “There was seven minutes extra time… I said, ‘Ref, okay, they are celebrating at least one minute in the corner.'”

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