As José Mourinho (at least in his media-facing, public comments) and the rest of us fume over the absolutely flabbergasting decision to not only not award a penalty on Matt Targett's foul on Cesc Fàbregas, but instead book the Chelsea man for an imagined dive, the primary "victim" of the incident is already ready to move on and put it all behind him. After all, he's got 19 more games to worry about in the Premier League (and several more in other competitions).
"There was definitely contact. I don't think the referee had the best game of his life but we're all human and a bad day at the office can happen to anyone. That's it, let's not talk more about it, we have to talk about football."
"If we play like we did in the second half for the rest of the season we will have many, many moments of happiness, I'm 100 per cent sure of that. We have to perform like that. We didn't start the game well, we know that, and maybe now we regret it a little bit but I'm impressed with the reaction."
Quite magnanimous, that, from Cesc about the blown call, though he also rightly points out that Chelsea were largely ineffective in the first half. We have plenty of reason to look at ourselves as well for why we dropped points at St. Mary's. John Terry echoed these sentiments.
"It looked a penalty from where I was and you can clearly see it on the replay but let's look at ourselves first. We weren't at the races in the first half. We were a lot sharper in the second half. We know we're playing well but teams out there are making it tough for us. We are top of the league and everyone wants to beat us or upset us."
‘It's about putting a good run together now. We are playing some really good football and it's important we maintain the way we're playing and the mentality we are playing with as well: a kind of quiet arrogance"
It is often said that professional athletes need to have short memories, which is exactly what's needed here to quickly move on from the disappointment of two dropped points and any sense of injustice, self-pity, or defeatism that may be lingering. The second half of the season, starting with Spurs await on New Year's Day.