Queen’s Park Ranger’s defender Ryan Nelsen has criticised Chelsea captain John Terry for going down too easily in the penalty area, according to The Mirror.
Much of the talk before the goalless west London derby revolved around the pre-match handshake involving QPR’s Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry and Ashley Cole.
In the end the handshake proceeded pretty much as expected. Ferdinand snubbed both Terry and Cole’s invitation for a handshake, with some solidarity shown on the part of his Rangers captain, Park Ji-Sung.
Despite this, Nelsen, who joined QPR on a free transfer from Tottenham in the summer, believes that on the pitch, the Chelsea captain was ‘embarrassing’ for falling to the floor numerous times during Chelsea’s set-pieces, “If you ask John, he just fell down. He fell. I was holding him, of course, but he just fell down. Nelsen added, “He’s bigger than me – but he made me look really strong, actually.”
Nelsen said he was happy that referee Andre Marriner didn’t succumb to Terry’s penalty pleas, “If the referee gives that, it’s ridiculous. If you really know the game, that’s never a penalty.”
Nelsen continued, “It happens all the time. You watch him fall – that’s life. Fortunately it didn’t work. The ref was smart enough to see it. He was nowhere near the ball, was never going to win it, so he just fell down. He was just trying to get a penalty and something for his team to win. I wouldn’t make anything out of it.”
The Kiwi international also said that it wasn’t the first time he has witnessed Terry’s diving antics, “He does to everybody in their box. I said to him, ‘that was a bit embarrassing, John’, and he laughed when he ran off. He didn’t say anything – he was too embarrassed, I think.”
Unlike Terry, Nelsen was full of praise for Anton Ferdinand’s solid performance on Saturday amidst difficult times personally for the centre-back, “I thought he was fantastic. With all the pressure, unnecessary pressure that was put on him, because Anton didn’t deserve this, with all the stuff that’s gone on, he was great.”
Nelsen will be hoping that his side can muster their first win of the season when they travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday to face a Spurs in what is their second out of three consecutive London derbies.