Neil McDonald: Chelsea Underestimated Blackburn Rovers

Blues were overconfident, says Rovers stand-in...

Blackburn Rovers assistant manager Neil McDonald believes that Chelsea underestimated the Lancashire club during their visit to Ewood Park in the League Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti fielded a depleted lineup and made waves when he used all his substitutes at half-time; and he paid the price, with the hosts going on to win 4-3 on penalties following a 3-3 draw after extra-time.

Consequently, McDonald - who stood in for the out-of-action Sam Allardyce on the touchlines - insists that the Italian made a mistake in fielding his second string.

"I hope they regret making so many changes and not fielding a stronger team," the assistant manager is quoted by the Press Association as saying.

"Maybe they should have looked at our home record and realised that we are a decent side here.

"They should have played a stronger side. But I have to praise Paul Robinson for his shoot-out save after making a mistake to give them their equaliser.

"I have spoken to Sam [Allardyce] and he is very pleased. He just told us to enjoy the moment and to get ourselves ready for Liverpool on Saturday."

Adithya Ananth, UK