Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has been unimpressed with the claims of Jose Mourinho…
Former West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton has admitted that Chelsea deserved a penalty against Southampton on Sunday, but has slammed claims that the Blues are being unfairly targeted, reports Sky Sports.
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Ashton agreed that Cesc Fabregas should have been awarded a spot kick, saying: “The defender just slips and it was a penalty. And you can see from Targett’s face afterwards that he knows it should have been a penalty.”
But the one-time England international was unimpressed with Jose Mourinho’s defence of his other players, including Diego Costa – who has been booked twice this season for diving.
He said: “You’re talking about a six-foot, two-inch, big strong centre-forward who shouldn’t being going down with such minimal contact. But it’s so difficult for referees.
“There’s no conspiracy against Chelsea. Jose is backing his players. He’s not going to say he’s gone down too easily. He will support his players but you’d like to think in the dressing room afterwards he’d say something to these players.”