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Jones can't fault his Cardiff players in Chelsea defeat

Cardiff boss David Jones paid tribute to his players after they threatened to pull off a major FA cup upset before finally going down 4-1 to Premiership leaders Chelsea. "It is hard on them because the scoreline looks like it has been a bit of a drubbing," said Jones.

"That bit of quality has come through for them. Certainly for over an hour we gave a good account of ourselves and showed great character after going a goal down after a couple of minutes.

"I decided to come here and have a go. Every player today deserved a lot of plaudits because they worked their socks off but you get undone by the little bit of quality their guys have.

"We regrouped after conceding an early goal and stuck to our gameplan when they were in possession.

"We grew in confidence and their keeper pulled off some fantastic saves. But as the game went on they imposed their quality.

"It gives us some credit that Ancelotti brought on his big guns. Great credit to our lads though.

"Chelsea is the best club in their division at the moment but when you look at the players they have got, it was a great achievement from our players.

"I cannot fault them in anything they have done, they were magnificent. It looks like a drubbing but it was far from that. This result is done and dusted now it is back to the bread and butter on Tuesday.

"I've come here with players that wanted to play. You don't come to places like this and play as well as you have and be downhearted, we go again.

"Even when they lose, they have never let me down. I've now got to get them up again for a big one against West Brom but we have great camaraderie."

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