Chelsea skipper Terry: West Ham win should silence critics

Chelsea captain John Terry hopes their powerful performance at West Ham on Saturday will silence the critics in the aftermath of their Carling Cup final defeat by Tottenham.

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Terry told the club's website: "Especially in the first half, some of the football was fantastic and there were the goals to match the performance as well.

"The message we sent out was that everything is okay at Chelsea and do not believe everything that is written and spoken about us in the press.

"We have had a difficult week but everything is sorted out very quickly at Chelsea. In every club there are things that go on behind the scenes and if they aren't sorted out quickly, they disturb performances.

"We are grown men, we discuss things and then things are forgotten, and you could see that on the pitch. The lads, the manager, the staff and the fans are all pulling in the same direction.

"There was a great penalty from Lamps and then great goals from great moves by Michael Ballack and Joe Cole. We have reacted to things that were said in a positive way on the pitch which is the only thing the players can do on the pitch."

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