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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho unconcerned by draw with Charlton

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisted his side's 1-1 draw with Charlton was simply another step towards retaining the Premiership title.

Charlton's point, courtesy of a goal on his debut by substitute Marcus Bent, was the first picked up by a visiting side at Stamford Bridge this season after the Addicks cancelled out Eidur Gudjohnsen's opener.

But with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal lagging so far behind, Mourinho insisted there was no need to criticise his players.

He said: 'The draw doesn't make you happy but in the context of the Premiership it is a result you have to accept. When you arrive at the end of January and you lose your first two points at home I think that is a magnificent achievement.

'When you don't win at home you always have a taste you don't like but we have one more point, one less game to play and we are going in the direction of the title, so it's not so bad.

'I am not angry and I am not frustrated. I know how football is. I know you cannot win every game. But the record we have is fantastic so I am happy.

'This day had to arrive some day and arrived against a team that was well-organised, defended well and always showed danger in the counter-attack.'

Chelsea had taken a first-half lead through Gudjohnsen, who stabbed home on the rebound after Thomas Myhre could only parry a header from Hernan Crespo.

Bent joined namesake Darren on the pitch just before half-time and headed an equaliser just before the hour mark. Darren Ambrose might have snatched victory had Petr Cech not been in top form and Chelsea finished with 10 men when Ricardo Carvalho was shown a second yellow card late on.

Mourinho, who was also angered by offside decisions that went against Chelsea, said: 'I don't agree with the sending off. We are a clean team.'

Charlton manager Alan Curbishley was pleased with his side's performance and hoped it was proof that a disastrous run before Christmas was now behind them.

He said: 'It looks as if we are turning it round after that dreadful run, although we are not out of the woods yet.

'We sat down at Christmas and said `this can't carry on, things are going to have to change' - and they did.'

Curbishley praised Bent, who joined from Everton last week, for his contribution.

He said: 'He looked a Charlton player today. His goal-scoring rate is better than people think and he also tracked back and made tackles.'