Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones has rued Timo Hildebrand’s 'silly mistake' that put Chelsea on course for a 3-0 UEFA Champions League win.
A gaffe from goalkeeper Hildebrand gifted Samuel Eto'o a bizarre opening goal in London after the Bundesliga side had made a lively start at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Eto'o added a second goal after the break and Demba Ba got in on the act with a third as Chelsea moved three points clear of Schalke at the top of Group E.
Jones insisted Jens Keller's Schalke side only have themselves to blame for a defeat that still leaves them in second place with two games remaining.
The 32-year-old midfielder said: "We continue to make silly mistakes and invited the opposition to score the opener.
"That is what they were waiting for. After conceding the opener it becomes very difficult to play against Chelsea.
"We had decent chances to take the lead ourselves. Timo knows that life will go on."
Defender Benedikt Howedes admitted Schalke never recovered from an opening goal that came totally out of the blue.
"I am extremely upset about suffering another 3-0 defeat. Our second-half performance was poor but our start to the game was fantastic," Howedes said.
"We had everything under control and then conceded an unfortunate lead. We then had to play catch-up against a side that has superb counter-attacking qualities."