Flores committed two cautionable offences within two minutes and after the second of these was dismissed following a lengthy deliberation by Dowd.
Chelsea players swarmed round the referee and Terry admitted: 'I told the referee, "That's a second yellow card 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."
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