Chelsea midfielder Marcos Alonso has suggested that referee Lee Mason was partly to blame after his side drew 1-1 with Huddersfield on Wednesday.

The Blues’ hopes of securing a top-four finish were dealt a major blow by the result. Had they won the game, they would have moved level on points with Liverpool.

After Laurent Depoitre scored for Town, Alonso managed to find an equaliser, but the Blues never managed to find a winner. Andreas Christensen fired in a late effort, which was impressively saved by Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.

Speaking after the game, Alonso revealed that he was frustrated by the way in which David Wagner’s side had approached the game. He also added that he was not impressed after the referee failed to punish the opposition for time-wasting.

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“We’re very disappointed. We were so unlucky, we dominated the game and conceded a silly goal and then we couldn’t score [a second goal],” he told reporters. “They played a bad game, trying to waste time from the first minute and I think the referee stopped it very late.

“Their goalkeeper was taking a minute over his goal-kicks from the first minute of the game and he only received a yellow card with five minutes to go. I don’t think that’s the right way, he should have stopped that before, but still, we conceded the goal and failed to score from our chances.

“Today they defended with a lot of players, they were coming from playing against Man City and not conceding a goal so it’s not easy when they defend with six, seven or eight men in the box.

“We tried for the whole game and we were unlucky to concede the goal because I felt we were going to score sooner or later.”