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Keeper Cech surprised by Chelsea boo-boys

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has responded to the supporters who booed him during the 3-3 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge, claiming he doesn't understand their reaction.

• Reality Cech for Chelsea

Cech's performances have come under fire in recent games, with critics suggesting that the 27-year-old has not been the same since the head injury he sustained in 2006 in a challenge with Reading's Stephen Hunt.

Cech was caught out for two of the three goals scored by the Toffees and, although there was an element of luck in both, the Blues' fans took to taunting the 'keeper, who was less than thrilled with the reaction.

"I was very surprised to hear the boos from the crowd because this was our first Premier League draw at home all season," he said. "Look at the games we have played here, in the league, the Champions League and the Carling Cup and you will see all the clean sheets we have kept and all the goals we have scored.

"We have beaten Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham when they were second - we beat them all. So I was really surprised to hear the supporters' reaction. Surprised because I don't understand it."

Cech maintained that he was not the only one to blame for the poor showing, and insisted that the blame fell on everyone involved in defending dead-ball situations.

He concluded: "We lost a lot of the first headers. But it is not an individual responsibility at set-plays. It is collective."

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is confident his team will cope without Didier Drogba when the Ivory Coast striker is away on African Nations Cup duty next month.

The 31-year-old bagged a brace against Everton, but Ancelotti reckons the Blues have the firepower to manage in his absence.

''I believe Didier Drogba, at the moment, is very important for us but I believe we can win without him in January,'' said the Italian. ''I would like to say, for the last time, we will not buy anybody in January - 100%.''

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