John Terry admitted that he told Phil Dowd, the referee, that Chico Flores deserved to be sent off prior to the Swansea City defender receiving a second yellow card. The Chelsea captain intervened when it appeared as though Dowd was going to allow Flores to stay on the pitch, despite the Spaniard fouling André Schürrle only two minutes after he had been booked for a poor challenge on Willian.

José Mourinho was furious at the time and made his thoughts clear to Robert Madley, the fourth official, while Terry was one of several Chelsea players that confronted Dowd. After a lengthy delay, the referee eventually brandished a red card. Down to 10 men in the 16th minute, Swansea held out until midway through the second half, when Demba Ba scored for the second successive game to lift Chelsea to within two points of Liverpool.

Asked about his part in the Flores incident, Terry said: "I just said, 'It's a second yellow for me'. He gave him one a couple minutes before on the halfway line and that one just outside the box is probably even more a yellow than the other one. Fair play to Phil, the ref, it was a big decision to make and I thought he made the right one and credit goes to him for that.

"I'm speaking as a Chelsea player, but when we all sit back and look at it then it's definitely two yellows. It's simple as that. If it's a minute, two, five minutes into the game and it is a yellow or red card then it doesn't matter. Thankfully we managed to take advantage."