Nov 3, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Liberty Stadium
SwanseaSwansea City
1-1
Chelsea
Pablo (88')
Britton (37'), De Guzman (82'), Sung-Yueng (90'), Shechter (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Moses (61')
Azpilicueta (39')

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo heaps praise on referee Kevin Friend

Di Matteo heaps praise on ref Friend
© PA Photos
Roberto Di Matteo is full of praise for referee Kevin Friend's performance in the match at Swansea this afternoon.

Roberto Di Matteo hailed the refereeing display of Kevin Friend in the Blues' 1-1 draw at Swansea City this afternoon.

Chelsea looked ready to retake top spot from Manchester United thanks to Victor Moses's goal before Pablo Hernandez found the net in the 88th minute.

"It's a big disappointment for us as we defended quite well," Di Matteo said of Swansea's late leveller. "They didn't create much."

"It was a quality goal they scored and it's a shame as we were so close to getting a win away from home.

"I think mentally and physically it's been very demanding playing two games against United [in a week]."

Following the recent controversy between the club and Mark Clattenburg, Di Matteo was asked about Friend's performance and he was full of praise for the official.

"I thought he was terrific. The referee had a fantastic game today," he said. "He let the game play, he was very good and I told him so after the game."

Di Matteo's men are now a point behind United, who defeated Arsenal 2-1 in today's lunchtime kickoff.

Pablo Hernandez scores the equaliser for Chelsea
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