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Mikel wants quick response

26 October 2012 15:19

John Obi Mikel wants Chelsea to respond from their loss to Shakhtar Donetsk by beating Manchester United in Premier League action on Sunday.

Shakhtar inflicted Chelsea's first competitive defeat of the season on Tuesday, and Mikel is hoping Roberto Di Matteo's men can work on their defensive solidity before they host United to prolong their unbeaten league run.

"When the first goal went in, it became very difficult," Mikel told the The Daily Mirror.

"We started chasing the game and the game became very open. Then they had more space to play in and it became very difficult for us.

"We have to make sure we get back into training and try and correct the mistakes that happened in Donetsk and try to defend better together as a team.

Mikel is all too aware of how Chelsea have struggled during the winter months in recent league campaigns, and is determined not to let the Shakhtar loss trigger a collapse.

"All of us know what has happened in recent seasons so we have to make sure that this defeat doesn't make that happen again. We have to make sure we correct it very quickly and that starts with the next game against United," he said.

"They will be very dangerous as usual and if we defend the way we did in Donetsk it's going to be difficult for us. We have to defend as a unit, play together as a unit. As long as we do that on Sunday, we'll have a very good chance."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 October 2012
Game week
9
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
41644

Goals

0 - 1
4' David Luiz (OG)
0 - 2
12' R. van Persie
 (assist by A. Valencia)
Mata 44'  
1 - 2
Ramires 53'
(assist by Oscar) 
2 - 2
2 - 3
75' J. Hernández
 (assist by Rafael)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3
24
2 63'
4 4'
12 76'
7 53'
17
11
9 45+1' 68'
10 44'
Coach: R. Di Matteo
# Player Bookings
1
5
3
6
2
16
7 90+2'
18
23
20 12'
10 44'
Coach: A. Ferguson

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
28
34
23
6
13
21
22
# Player Bookings
14 75'
11
8
13
17
19
22

Saturday 30 August

Friday 29 August

23:21
23:19
22:45
22:38
22:29
21:53
21:30
21:28
21:09
20:45
20:21
19:51
19:30
19:24
19:24
18:56
18:34
17:31
16:53
16:19
16:17
16:00
15:58
15:48
15:40
15:28
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13:29
13:11
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12:50
12:50
12:29
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11:37
11:35
11:10
10:55
10:44
10:43
10:29
10:11
10:06
09:47
09:47
09:40
09:23
07:26
06:40
06:35
05:41
05:07
04:39
04:36
04:30
03:28
02:57
02:29
01:42
01:00

Thursday 28 August

23:51
23:35
23:26
23:00
22:54
22:53
22:41
22:41
22:32
22:17
22:01
22:01
21:53
21:35
20:55
20:43
20:33
19:51
19:41
19:33
19:19
19:15
19:10
18:38
17:44
17:34
17:21
17:20
17:00
16:59
16:52
16:38
16:32
16:31
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15:50
15:29
15:25
15:17
14:53
14:17
14:07
13:58
13:58
13:26
13:11
13:04
12:37
12:26
12:10
11:44
11:13
10:56
10:41
10:25
10:11
07:51
07:21
06:58
06:34
05:00
04:33
04:03
03:58
02:46
01:34
00:13
00:12

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 2 +5 6
2 2 +4 6
3 2 +4 6
4 2 +2 6
5 2 +1 4

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