FINAL WHISTLE VERDICT: GOOD RESPONSE

Rafael Benitez was overjoyed at yet another resounding victory on the road, as we won by four goals for the second straight away game.

Two own goals and a penalty, added to by an excellent Eden Hazard strike, combined with a penalty miss from Stoke showed that Lady Luck played her part in our hosts' first home defeat in 11 months, but Benitez preferred to praise the work of his team as we climbed into third place.

'It was a difficult game, especially in the first half,' he acknowledged. 'We knew it would be, Tony Pulis is doing a great job and we knew it would be physical and intense, but we were ready for that.

'The goal changed the game because they had to go forward and left space, which meant little by little we could control the game. My players showed great character and quality.

'We were trying to explain to some of the players what they could find here, a physical game against a team with a clear idea of how they want to play. We watched clips, saw what we had to do and the response was really good.

'It's not fair just to talk about one player. Frank is doing well but the team did a great job. David Luiz was playing as a midfielder, today as a centre-back and did a great job. You could see today a great performance from Ivanovic, Azpilicueta is doing well, Petr Cech came back, Hazard, Mata, Demba Ba doing his job and the attitude of Torres pleased me. He is fighting for his position, so we had a lot of positives. Rami did a great job because he is playing a lot of games with little niggles, and Bertrand played in another position. It isn't fair just to talk about one player.'

On continued impressive away form while we are perceived to struggle at home

'The way we played against Swansea created a lot of chances, the other team was compact, but away the teams come at you and you have more space. Our movement is good and it's difficult to manage against them.

'The question is the approach of the other teams. Swansea normally have possession in their games but we had control of the game and they were deep playing counter-attack. That makes it more difficult and you have to be more precise.

'You have to realise the team is doing well. The players are happy and training well. They try to perform, all the staff are doing a great job and the atmosphere inside is really good. At the games we cannot control what is going on outside the pitch but we do our best on the pitch.

'The Premier League is a difficult competition with a lot of good teams. We are scoring more goals and conceding half the goals, so we have more balance and that's the way to sustain the performance of the team at this level.'

On John Terry's return to first-team affairs as a late substitute

'I was trying to give him some minutes to see how he was. I watched him in the reserve team but this is totally different, so we played five at the back and tried to protect him a bit. We will see how he trains and if he has no problems, it is a question of fitness now.'

On Gary Cahill, who had to leave the squad pre-game to be at the birth of his son

'We had trained with Cahill but he had to go. The baby is fine and they are happy, and we are happy, so everything is going well.'

Stoke manager Tony Pulis was cursing his side's luck after the game, and admitted it was hard to take a 4-0 defeat. He also felt Juan Mata went down too easily for our penalty, but that the officials were right not to award Stoke their spot kick just before our second goal.

'We're disappointed,' he said. 'The second goal killed us. The goals we conceded were poor and I'm disappointed with the penalty, Mata's legs collapse and I think it's a soft penalty, but it was a wonder goal from Hazard. I don't think that was a 4-0 today.

'It just didn't go for us. The referee gives a penalty at 1-0 and it was offside, it was a good call, but if that goes for you it's one each and we have the impetus. We didn't deserve to be losing at half-time and until the second goal I felt we were the better team, although Chelsea have some fantastic players.'

A clip of Rafael Benitez's post-match interview with Chelsea TV can be viewed here with the full interview available via the channel's online access.