Mourinho tips Scunny for the title

Last updated : 10 January 2005 By Luke Thornhill
The Iron stunned the Premiership leaders in an entertaining third round tie with an eighth minute opener from Paul Hayes.

But Chelsea came from behind to book a place in the fourth round draw thanks to a first-half equaliser from Mateja Kezman, a cruel Andy Crosby own-goal and an 86th-minute clincher from Eidur Gudjohnsen.

But Mourinho was not surprised at the performance, and was impressed by United's quality of play.

He said: "I know cups. I know the mentality of the small teams and I know the mentality of the big players.

"It did not surprise me at all. I was not waiting for a big performance or a big result, I just wanted to go through.

"I cannot say I am unhappy with my players because I¹m not. For Scunthorpe, it was the game of their lives but it was just one more game for us.

"It is a big difference but I have to compliment them because they play a game of quality not just commitment. They can play football, they have some good players and scored one goal - they could have scored more.

"They defend well and I think they have a good team. I can imagine in their competition, they can win it.

"We did out homework with Scunthorpe. We knew they had enough quality to give us a game. But I didn't have a very strong defensive line-up. Only Glen Johnson was a regular as a right-back. It was the first game for centre-half Steven Watt and the first game for Alexei Smertin as a centre-back.

"It was also the first game for Nuno Morais, who is not a left-back, he is a midfielder. But I am very happy with their performances."