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Chelsea’s Cahill forced to defend ‘silly’ decision to help up Lingard before Man United scored

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

Gary Cahill is adamant that his decision to help Jesse Lingard to his feet in the build-up to Manchester United’s second goal was not a costly error, even if it did make him ‘look silly in hindsight’.

Chelsea were already a goal down after Marcus Rashford’s opener when Cahill decided to help his England team-mate up from the floor in the build-up to Ander Herrera’s goal.

That was enough to seal victory for Jose Mourinho over his old club, who saw Spurs close their gap at the summit to just four points with six games remaining.

Ander Herrera scored Manchester United’s second moments after the incident (Photo: REUTERS)
That was enough to seal the win in Manchester United’s favour (Photo: AFP)

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Cahill said: “I don’t see how it could have cost me, my instinct was I was nervous it could have been a penalty, the sooner I get him on his feet I can stop the ref thinking otherwise, maybe it looks silly in hindsight.

The England international added that Chelsea’s players were disappointed not to play to the usual standards they have been setting this season.

“We have to react in the right way, we didn’t deserve to win, we dust ourselves off and go again. We need to realise it is not over and we need to dig in now.”

Cahill admitted his actions ‘look silly in hindsight’ (Photo: AFP)

Despite also losing to Crystal Palace in the month of April, Chelsea are still huge favourites to win the title this year – with a four-point cushion over second-placed Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have won seven on the spin to close the gap at the top of the table, but Antonio Conte will feel that his side has the easier of the remaining fixtures.

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