Conte bemused by Chelsea's failure to beat West Ham

10 April, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Antonio Conte left hurt, angry and sad by Chelsea's disastrous title defence

Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing "there's only one Ray Wilkins" and held aloft a huge flag with his image before holding a minute's applause. Otherwise, if we accept this result and say we were unlucky, we are not building anything positive for the future'. We are talking about improving, improving, improving.

"Other teams are clinical". Many games where we put in a good performance, creating many chances to score, but we are not clinical.

As for Chelsea, who are now 10 points adrift of a top-four place, Conte insisted the frustration he felt with the Blues being unable to secure victory illustrated why a coherent title defence never materialised this term. I think with this game we can see our season. The most important thing is we get one point and keep adding more points to fight away from the relegation zone.

"I'm repeating this many times and I'm getting bored".

Chelsea took a deserved lead through Cesar Azpilicueta on 36 minutes and mustered 23 efforts on the West Ham goal, but a combination of poor finishing and inspired goalkeeping from Joe Hart ensured the game was still close when Hernandez replaced Gelson Fernandes with 20 minutes remaining.

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Azpilicueta touched his black armband and pointed to the sky in tribute to former Chelsea star Wilkins, 61, who died last week.

But Chelsea missed a host of chances to increase their advantage and were made to pay when Javier Hernandez came off the bench to snatch the leveller with 17 minutes left.

With four minutes left in the game, Arnautovic nearly won it for West Ham as he raced towards goal but was stopped by a superb tackle by N'Golo Kante.

West Ham were nearly pegged back again on 79 minutes as Marcos Alonso fired a long range effort but Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to deny the Spanish defender.

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