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Terry: Blues let Villas-Boas down

JOHN TERRY has admitted Chelsea's players need to "hold their hands up" over the demise of Andre Villas-Boas.

The Blues were today still coming to terms with the Sunday sacking of their manager, with captain Terry having broken his silence on the matter.

Player power was said to have been one of the factors in the downfall of Villas-Boas and captain Terry admitted Chelsea's squad needed to look in the mirror.

He said: “Sad for Andre, because unfortunately it falls on his head, when I think the players would hold their hands up and say, ‘Clearly, we've not been good enough and we all made mistakes together'.

“He's the man whose head's on the block and unfortunately goes.”

Terry made a shock recovery from knee surgery to earn a place in the squad for Tuesday night's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Birmingham.

The defender dedicated Chelsea's 2-0 win not only to caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo and assistant Eddie Newton, but also to Villas-Boas. He said: “We dug deep for him, for Robbie as well taking charge, Eddie coming in as well. We've done enough talking amongst ourselves over the last three or four months. We have to fight for the shirt and that was the message to the lads.”

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Tony Pulis expects to see Andre Villas-Boas bounce back from his sacking at Chelsea.

Pulis said: “He had a very difficult job. To go into Chelsea and turn it around in eight months was very difficult. I found him to be a nice chap. I'm sure he will get back into the game and that it will have been a great experience for him.”

Stoke travel to London to take on Chelsea on Saturday in what will be the hosts' first league match under caretaker boss Roberto Di Matteo.