Terry: Defeat could help Blues

Two superbly-taken goals by Fernando Torres inflicted only the

Blues’ second Premier League defeat of the season, preventing them

restoring their five-point advantage at the top of the table. The

visitors were left reeling by Liverpool’s first-half display and

even though they had the better of things after the interval there

was no way back for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Having struggled to

overcome Blackburn last weekend Terry feels the players have to

take a look at themselves and their performances. “I don’t think we

ever take things for granted at this club but maybe this is the

kick up the backside we all needed,” he said. “We haven’t been

playing too well recently but have been grinding out results. “We

have another gear to find and we’re still at the top of the Premier

League, so we have to be encouraged by that but we can’t forget

what has got us there in the first place.” With Didier Drogba left

on the bench until the second half because of illness and Michael

Essien missing with a toe injury Chelsea struggled to impose

themselves. Terry recognises that failing but said they could not

use the absence of key players as an excuse. “In the last couple of

games away from home, we have started the game very slowly and we

did the same yesterday,” he added. “I am disappointed to lose in

the manner we did. I just think the tempo was missing early on. “We

obviously knew Liverpool hadn’t had the best of starts to the

season but they were up for it from the word go. “We tried to take

the sting out of the game but it backfired on us. That wasn’t a

tactical thing, it just seemed to happen. “The next thing we knew

we were 2-0 down and by the time we got our game together in the

second half, it was too little too late. “We let it go too easily

early on. It is frustrating and we need to look at it. “When you

suffer a defeat people always look at the players missing but we

still had a good enough squad to win the game.” Terry is thankful

they will get the chance to correct things quickly as they host

near-neighbours Fulham on Wednesday. “We have to bounce back and

move on,” he told the Evening Standard. “I’m thankful we had a

five-point cushion going in but it would have been nice to keep

that. “Unfortunately we’ve lost three points with Manchester United

winning late on. “But we go again on Wednesday against Fulham at

Stamford Bridge, which is the only good thing. “The games come

thick and fast now and we have to pick ourselves up quickly. “It

will be a tough game against Fulham, who proved very hard to beat

last year, but we have to pick up three points now.” Essien is

likely to return against Fulham but fellow midfielder Frank

Lampard’s comeback from a hernia operation will have to wait until

Sunday’s home clash with Sunderland at the earliest. “Essien had a

problem with his toe in the last Premier League game (against

Blackburn) and I hope on Wednesday he will be able to play,” said

Ancelotti. “Frank Lampard will not be fit for Wednesday but I hope

he will be back for Sunderland.” Ancelotti brushed aside the defeat

at Anfield by insisting his team were still the ones to catch. “Our

moment is good and we have to look forward to the next game against

Fulham,” he added. “We are in the better position compared to the

other teams. “Psychologically it can happen to lose a game but we

are top of the table and we have to win the next game.”