Ancelotti hails ‘calm’ Blues display

Nicolas Anelka’s first-half strike, his first in 14 games, sent

Chelsea four points clear of Manchester United at the top of the

Premier League table Bolton boss Owen Coyle criticised referee Lee

Probert for failing to give his side two penalties but Ancelotti

refused to be drawn into the row. Chelsea can now afford to lose

one of their four remaining games and still win the title and

Ancelotti remains confident his players can keep their nerve. “Now

the Premier League is in our hands and we have to stay focused and

calm,” said Ancelotti. “We have to play game by game, and we are

not interested in the results of the other teams. “There was

pressure on us to get this result because we needed to improve our

position, but I think the players now have very good motivation to

finish the season well. “It was not an easy game. We knew it

wouldn’t be, because Bolton came to Stamford Bridge to play their

game. They put pressure for all the 90 minutes, a lot of long

balls. “It was a tough game for us, but I think that Chelsea did a

good job and won, which was the most important thing. We were

unlucky not to improve the scoreline at the start of the second

half, but we needed the three points. “We had 21 shots, so we

deserved to win. There’s no debate about this. It was difficult

because, when you’re 1-0 up, you have to be careful right to the

end. For me, it was a very good performance.” Ancelotti was not at

all interested in Coyle’s claim that his side were robbed of two

penalties. “I don’t have a reaction to the penalties,” he added. “I

maintain the same opinion: it’s not my job to judge the work of the

referees. I never did, even if we were unlucky at their decisions.

I didn’t see the incidents. I trust in the referee.” But Coyle

insisted that Didier Drogba was guilty of handball in the opening

half and that John Terry committed a similar offence in the second

period. Referee Probert dismissed both penalty appeals to leave

Coyle raging. “We didn’t need any luck tonight, we only needed the

officials to get the big decisions right,” fumed Coyle. “There were

two stonewall penalties out there for handballs. “The first one,

after 27 minutes when Drogba handballs in the area. I know Drogba

is a world-class player, but he could play world-class volley ball

for anybody on that evidence. “Then there’s the second one when

John Terry handles it. The assistant referee says it hit his

shoulder, but it’s a clear penalty. “That’s not unlucky. The

referee has not been helped by his assistants if he’s not in a good

position to see it. I can accept it if they’ve not seen it. “The

first one I don’t know about. But as for the second one, the

assistant said it hit John Terry’s shoulder. That’s not happened,

so that’s a poor decision on his part.”