Carlo Ancelotti unhappy with Michael Essien dismissal

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Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was unhappy with the sending-off of Michael Essien late on in the 1-0 home win over Fulham, but thinks an appeal against the decision is unlikely.

Essien was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Clint Dempsey, having earlier headed home the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge and extended Chelsea's lead at the top of the table to four points.

Ancelotti said afterwards:"I don't like to judge the decision, but I can say that maybe it was not a red card because Essien made a strong tackle, but on the ball.

"There was not a risk on the opponent. I think he went for the ball, the last ball of the game, an important ball.

"I don't think he did a silly foul. He tried to do a tackle, he won the tackle and I'm not sure it was a sending-off.

"I'd like to see it again, but directly, on the pitch, I didn't think it was a dangerous tackle.

"I hope we won't lose him for three games. That would be a problem if we lose him for three games.

"We have to wait, I think. I want to watch the replay before doing anything."

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