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Chelsea still have plenty in the tank, says John Terry after denying Everton with late strike


Still going strong: John Terry wants to play on for Chelsea, as he bagged the crucial equaliser against Everton

Still going strong: John Terry wants to play on for Chelsea, as he bagged the crucial equaliser against Everton

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Still going strong: John Terry wants to play on for Chelsea, as he bagged the crucial equaliser against Everton

John Terry is convinced he is capable of playing on for Chelsea, although the 35-year-old captain is prepared to bide his time over a contract extension.

Terry played every minute of Chelsea's Premier League title-winning campaign last season and was rewarded with a new 12-month contract.

It is Chelsea policy to offer only one-year increments to players aged over 30.

But, like most Chelsea players, Terry has been culpable for an abject showing this season, with the future uncertain.

Terry showed his determination and desire once again on Saturday by scoring the equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Everton in the eighth minute of stoppage time.

Terry said: "When you get to a certain age, there are a lot of people out there who think 'he's 35, going on 36 and maybe his legs have gone'. But I have never had legs, it's as simple as that.

"I have never been quick all my career. But physically, I probably feel as good as I've ever felt in the last two or three years.

"I'm in the right state of mind. I'm still hungry. I want to win and finish my career here.

"But I'm not thinking of that. Last year, it was a couple of months from now before things got sorted.

"For me the most important thing is to get us out of this and up the league table. Hopefully that comes and I will just have to keep plugging away."

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink, who succeeded Jose Mourinho last month, will provide a glowing reference if asked his opinion on whether Terry should stay on next term.

"If I am asked I will give my honest opinion about that," said the Dutchman, who is in his second caretaker spell at Stamford Bridge.

"If I say what I'm saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think. His commitment is huge for this team and for the club, not just with his equalising goal, but with his attitude and the actions he did defensively and offensively."

Hiddink sees little difference in the Terry he managed in 2009 and the player he is coaching seven years on.

"For me there's not much (difference) between John in 2009 and now," Hiddink said.

"For me you would have to underline that with data. You can say 'hey, make a test and say he has lost some speed', but I cannot see that."

A Terry own goal and Kevin Mirallas strike put Everton 2-0 up, only for Diego Costa to capitalise on a mix-up between Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka and Cesc Fabregas to score a deflected equaliser. Ramiro Funes Mori looked to have won it for Everton in the 90th minute before Terry's late intervention.

The decision to allow the goal to stand, after seven minutes of stoppage time had earlier been indicated, infuriated Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

Martinez refused to accept Everton's draw after Terry's controversial equaliser.

Terry was in an offside position when he earned the hosts a point, long after the additional seven minutes indicated earlier had elapsed.

"We won the game. It's as simple as that," said Martinez, whose immediate comments about the officials post-match may be scrutinised by the Football Association.

"We were 3-2 when the clock showed 97 minutes and 50 seconds. We should have played 97 and then we concede a goal that shouldn't have been given. It was offside. Scoring three goals, it was a victory that unfortunately has been taken away from us."

Martinez was frustrated his side's strong showing went unrewarded as Everton were denied a first league win at Chelsea in 21 years.

"If we had been sitting here with a 3-2 victory it would have been a completely different perception (of the performance)," Martinez said.

"That is the hardest aspect to take because the players don't deserve to be questioned on how to manage the game because we won the game and we did everything we had to do."

Belfast Telegraph