Four goals but no Sunderland wonderland for Mourinho

Thu Dec 5, 2013 8:12am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho looked as if he did not know whether to laugh or cry after watching his Eden Hazard-inspired Chelsea side hang on for a 4-3 Premier League victory at bottom of the table Sunderland.

Belgium winger Hazard was in irrepressible mood on Wednesday, scoring twice and laying on another goal for Frank Lampard, but every time the Londoners seemed like taking a grip of proceedings they allowed Sunderland back into the game.

"We played a phenomenal match, our best away from home this season," Mourinho told reporters after 2012 European champions Chelsea stayed second in the table, four points behind leaders Arsenal.

"There was top quality, great creativity in the three attacking players behind Fernando Torres and beautiful goals.

"The game is about that but it's also about basic things and we failed in those basic things," said Mourinho.

"The most basic is to defend set plays. In a game where we should win clearly because of the way we played, we had a risk until the last second."

Jozy Altidore turned sharply eight meters out to fire Sunderland in front early on before Hazard set up a simple close-range header for Lampard in the 17th minute.

The Belgian made it 2-1 after another mesmerizing run, only to see defender John O'Shea equalize when Chelsea failed to clear a corner.   Continued...

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (R) scores against Sunderland during their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northern England December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne