Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

Defeat in a local derby was not the way that Ashley Cole would have chosen to mark a milestone of unbroken league appearances but the Chelsea left-back could still see character in the team's performance at Loftus Road.

Speaking to Chelsea TV about his 50th consecutive Premier League match, Cole had seen the outnumbered players representing Chelsea stick together as a team and stick to their task.

'It is always an uphill battle with 10 men, let alone nine men but we still played and we still created chances but unlucky enough for us we couldn't do it,' he told the club's channel.

'Unfortunately the decisions didn't go our way but we have to take the positives out of it. We stood firm, we had our chances to a least draw and the team battled well and that is what we want.

'Of course we are disappointed that we lost against local rivals but we didn't stop trying to win the game and I think we deserved a point at least.

'It is a tight pitch [at QPR], the fans are good so we knew what we were coming into and it was probably a place to keep cool heads and maybe we lost a few but we want to take the positives out of it,' he added. Cole was one of the seven Chelsea players who ended the game with a yellow card and that sees him suspended for Wednesday's game at Everton. He will however be available again to continue his sequence of league games when we face Arsenal on Saturday.

'I've tried to keep myself as fit as I can and be available for as many games as I can play. I have been lucky enough to play [the last] 50 now in the league and I hope I can carry it on.'