Posted on: Mon 17 Mar 2008

John Terry, scorer of the only goal at Sunderland, felt Chelsea had worked hard to earn the win after a tough game against Roy Keane's side.

The captain leapt high in the 10th minute to head into the back of the net for a trademark Terry set-piece goal, and explained afterwards how it had gone to plan.

'It has been a long time coming but I am delighted to get the goal that got us the three points today, that's the main thing,' explained Terry.

'I signalled to Lampsy that I was going to make that run to the post and he put in a great ball for me. Thankfully I got on the end of it, so I am delighted to get off the mark so late on in the season.'

But after the opener, Sunderland began to fight back, with Kenwyne Jones creating trouble for both Terry and Alex in the box as the Black Cats searched for the elusive equaliser.

'They are a very good side, they work very hard and are a very honest side,' said Terry.

'We had three or four chances early on, we maybe could have killed the game off, but we didn't take them. They had a couple of chances but overall I think we deserved to win the game.

'Our experience came through when we needed to dig heels in and make it difficult for them. We had to soak it up and deal with the pressure.

'But teams are going to find it hard to come here and take three points, so credit to the boys, they did very well and matched Sunderland, kept a clean sheet and got the three points.'

Those points take Chelsea to within three of the top place, with Arsenal and Manchester United level after Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

With Chelsea playing midweek and the Gunners travelling to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this could be the chance to overtake our north London rivals in the title race.

'We are quietly coming up [the Barclays Premier League] and we are playing very well,' insists Terry.

'We have shown in the last two games that we want to pick up the trophies this year.

'But we need to win all our games to give ourselves a chance. We have the big two still to come to Stamford Bridge and if we can beat them at home then we have a very good chance.

'We have Tottenham on Wednesday night, that is a very tough place to go and then we have Arsenal at home, so if we can keep winning and pick up maximum points we are right amongst it,' he added.