Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech accepts blame for Emmanuel Adebayor’s goal in 1-1 draw with Tottenham

The Czech international conceded he should have cut out Gareth Bale's cross to the Togolese forward, but is relishing the Boxing Day clash with Fulham at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has accepted the blame for Tottenham’s opening goal in the 1-1 draw with Harry Redknapp's side at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

The 29-year-old missed an opportunity to cut-out Gareth Bale’s low cross, allowing Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor to score.

The Czech Republic international was also at blame for spilling a shot at the DW Stadium last weekend and allowing Wigan to get a late equaliser, and the shot-stopper has now conceded he was at fault in the London derby.

Cech told reporters on Friday: “Unfortunately, when the ball came in, I was a bit late and he [Adebayor] tapped it in but it was a great cross, and I think I missed it by an inch.

“Unfortunately, there was a goal in the last two minutes [against Wigan] where somebody went across and I couldn't see the ball and it fell to a player to tap it in, which was a pity, but that's the way football goes sometimes.”

Daniel Sturridge – who has been in fine form for Andre Villas-Boas' side of late – levelled the scores not long after Adebayor’s opener, and the visitors continued to press for most of the match.

They were lucky to end with a point however, after John Terry’s sliding tackle on the goal-line prevented the home side winning in the dying moments.

“We levelled the game and I think we did really well,” Cech continued. “In the second half we put them under pressure from the start and had a lot of chances but we didn't score.

“Right at the end they could have won it but overall we have to say it's a good point.

“Both teams had chances, I think second half we created enough chances and could have won the game, but credit to them we could have won the game and as we all know we haven't won there for some time now so it's a good point.”

Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, but Cech has refused to look too much into the standings, instead preferring to focus on the Boxing Day clash with Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

He continued: “We can't look too much at the table; we need to keep going step by step, try to win our games and try to catch up as many points as we can.

“We depend on everybody else, so it's up to them how they are going to do but we just need to keep winning our games.

“[Fulham] will be a difficult game because they lost 5-0 at home in their last game.

“It's a big London derby and they will want to bounce back, so Chelsea is a great motivation to say sorry to their supporters after Man United but we are in a situation where we need to keep winning.”

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