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Jose Mourinho congratulates officials after his proud home record is brought to an end

Published 19/04/2014 | 20:27

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho (2nd R) holds back assistant coach Rui Faria (C) after he was sent off by referee Mike Dean (L) during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London, April 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Philip Brown (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR "LIVE" SERVICES. ONLINE IN-MATCH USE LIMITED TO 45 IMAGES, NO VIDEO EMULATION. NO USE IN BETTING, GAMES OR SINGLE CLUB/LEAGUE/PLAYER PUBLICATIONS
Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho (2nd R) holds back assistant coach Rui Faria (C) after he was sent off by referee Mike Dean

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after his unbeaten home record in the Barclays Premier League was ended by Sunderland.

The Blues title bid was severely dented as Fabio Borini converted a late penalty after Cesar Azpilicueta tackled Jozy Altidore in the area.

There did appear to be contact between the players before referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot.

Mourinho, though, appeared frustrated by Dean's performance throughout, before also seemingly criticised referees' chief Mike Riley in a short and curt post-match interview with Sky Sports.

"I just want to say four things and I'm sorry because if you ask me more questions I'll repeat exactly the same thing," said Mourinho, who had not spoken at his previous three press conference following his fine for entering the pitch during a defeat at Aston Villa last month.

"Congratulations to my players because they gave what they have and what they don't have.

"Congratulations to Sunderland, because they won.

"Congratulations to Mike Dean because he made a fantastic performance and congratulations to Mike Riley, because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going.

"Congratulations to all of them and I have nothing more to say."

Chelsea had led through Samuel Eto'o but Sunderland levelled when Mark Schwarzer, on his Chelsea league debut for the ill Petr Cech, pushed a shot into the path of Connor Wickham.

Borini, who is on loan from Liverpool, then handed his parent club a significant boost in the title race by tucking home the penalty.

The 2-1 defeat was Mourinho's first in 78 league games in charge of Chelsea.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea revealed boss Gus Poyet had used Mourinho's record as motivation for a win that significantly boosts their survival bid.

"Have a guess what the manager's team talk was?" he said.

"Be that team. Be that team to beat that record. Why not.

"What's the headline going to be in the morning? Mourinho loses his record.

"We're the team that caused it and the manager as always deserves a lot of credit."

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet feels survival is now within his side's grasp, following a week in which they also drew 2-2 at title-chasing Manchester City.

"I think with us, Sunderland, this year anything can happen," he said.

"It can go wither way. When no-one expects anything from us, we get a result from Manchester City and now we beat Chelsea here.

"In a good way, I think, because there was not too much difference between the two teams, apart from the shots from distance.

"Today we got the breaks that for some reason have been going against us."

The win continued Sunderland's good record against the top teams, and Poyet admits they must now find a way to take points against those sides around them - with Cardiff up next at the Stadium of Light.

"The talking in the dressing room was that we'd rather play Real Madrid next Sunday and not Cardiff," he said.

"It's the way we play and feel more comfortable. We we feel we are, between brackets, the modest team we feel more secure.

"We can be calm. Sometimes when you play at home against teams around you you have to take the initiative. We are a little bit hurried and don't control the game."

Poyet suggested the penalty decision that decided the game could have gone either way.

"It was very, very tough on the referee," he said.

"Every now and then you get it and every now and then you don't. It was the linesman who gave it straight away.

"We can talk about it for ages and even then we don't know for sure. We need to give the benefit of the doubt to the referee."

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