Apr 15 2012 By Yann Tear
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ROBERTO Di Matteo said he did not believe Chelsea's rout of Tottenham was down to the blunder by ref Martin Atkinson in awarding the Blues a goal that never was.
Chelsea ultimately ran away with it - thrashing Spurs 5-1 to book in for yet another FA Cup final - but their second goal owed everything to a generous call from Atkinson, who wrongly decided that a Juan Mata shot had crossed the line.
"Apparently it hasn't crossed the line, so in this case we were on the lucky side, but many times before, we had decisions going against us," Chelsea's interim boss (pictured) said.
"We scored not just two goals, we scored five, so I'm not sure how much that mattered. If was just a 1-0 win then maybe, but we scored four more goals. Tonight, we were very clinical in our finishing.
"I talked before about using media technology and I'm still of the same opinion. I can understand Tottenham's frustration, but sometimes you get decisions and sometimes you don't."
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp refused to lay the blame for his side's thrashing on Atkinson's bad call, but said it left his side chasing the game and vulnerable to counter-attacks.
"The second goal was a disaster. It was nowhere near a goal," he said.
"He [Atkinson] has made a big mistake. I don't see how he can give that goal. He said he feels worse than I do. He knows he has made a big mistake.
"We were back at 2-1, but we were chasing the game with four forwards and they picked us off. Maybe they've got a bit more knowhow than we had in the end."