Chelsea captain Gary Cahill was clearly disappointed after the Blues defeat at West Ham, admitting his side was poor in this afternoon clash:
“I thought we were miles off it from the start of the game. We allowed them to get the early goal which was a poor goal to concede on our behalf because we’ve been tight at the back of late,” Cahill told Sky Sports.
“We tried to get back into the game but that laboured start carried on throughout the game. We just didn’t play our stuff. They got the ball and then sat behind the ball, trying to hit us on the break.
“It’s frustrating in terms of wasting a bit of time, which was clever play from them, but we weren’t at the races today for whatever reason. It’s very disappointing to come off and feel like that.
“There was no lack of effort there, that’s not the case, it’s just that things weren’t going for us. The passing was off, we didn’t create as much as we have been doing for whatever reason. It’s disappointing because we had a chance and to give up chances like that can hurt you.”
It was the second game in five days for Chelsea after their 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in Champions League last Tuesday, but Cahill refused to use that as a reason for the performance in a match he felt they had to win.
“I’m one to sit here and make excuses. The fact is we’ve got loads of games, we played in the Champions League and get the early kick off on Saturday, and they’re the facts, that’s what is happening.