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Chelsea may appeal Terry's red in victory over McCann's Peterborough

Chelsea 4 Peterborough 1

By Ian Winrow

Antonio Conte says Chelsea are considering appealing against John Terry's sending off in yesterday's FA Cup third round win over former Northern Ireland international Grant McCann's Peterborough.

Terry, making his first start since the EFL Cup exit at West Ham in October and first appearance since November, was adjudged to be the last man when he fouled Lee Angol and was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend.

"You have to respect the referee's decision, but in this case maybe we will put in an appeal," Conte said. "The situation is very clear and I think John didn't deserve this."

Conte felt Branislav Ivanovic was a covering defender and that Terry did not make contact with Angol. He added: "He didn't take the opponent and also the second reason was because behind John there was Ivanovic.

"It's a pity when this happens, because the red card is not good."

Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners with goals from Michy Batshuayi, Willian and a Pedro double. Tom Nichols pulled one back for the visitors, but ultimately it was the end of McCann and Posh's journey.

Conte also confirmed he recalled Nathan Ake from a loan spell at Bournemouth because he believes the player is now ready to challenge for a place in his revamped backline.

Ake has impressed since breaking into Eddie Howe's side and Conte believes the 21-year-old is capable of slotting into the Italian's favoured back-three.

Ake's recall, together with Kurt Zouma's return following an 11-month absence with a knee injury, increases the pressure on Terry, who has yet to learn whether he will be offered a new contract when his current deal runs out at the end of the season.

"I called back Ake because I think he's be ready to stay in a squad of Chelsea," said Conte.

"Ake gives me important options, because we are playing with three central defenders.

"He can play on the left, in the middle. Also it's important to see during a training session if he can play as a wing-back. Me, the club, we wanted to bring back Ake because he gives me good opportunities, solutions."

Chelsea: Begovic, Zouma, Terry, Cahill (Aina, 57 mins), Ivanovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Pedro, Willian (Kante, 73 mins), Batshuayi, Loftus-Cheek (Azpilicueta, 69 mins). Unused subs: Hazard, Moses, Costa, Eduardo.

Peterborough: McGee, Smith, Bostik, Tafazolli, Maddison (Taylor, 57 mins), Da Silva, Forrester, Edwards (Samuelson, 58 mins), Hughes (Binnom-Williams, 83 mins), Nichols, Angol. Unused subs: Ball, Tyler, Inman, Chettle.

Referee: Kevin Friend

Man of the match: Pedro

Match rating: 7/10

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