HAZARD: A PUZZLING GAME
Eden Hazard believes last night's point at West Brom could prove to be a vital one come the end of the season.
Victor Anichebe's late header meant we were unable to record a club record sixth consecutive away victory without conceding, and though Hazard was understandably frustrated we could not close out the victory after Branislav Ivanovic's first-half goal, the Belgian was at least pleased to leave the Hawthorns with something.
'It was a puzzling game. At 1-0 I thought we were managing the match well but we couldn't get the second goal which would have given us protection and then the game became difficult,' said Hazard.
'But it's still a point even if many people are disappointed. I think this is a point that will count. There were some good things but others less so. You cannot win every game and it was important we didn't lose. We'll improve in the future and we will try to win the next game. Other teams play tonight and we'll see what happens.'
Hazard came into the game on the back of a superb hat-trick against Newcastle at the weekend, but with individual brilliance comes close attention and the winger was a marked man for much of the 90 minutes, with fouls on him on by Morgan Amalfitano and Claudio Yacob earning the Baggies duo yellow cards.
Hazard explained the difficulties we faced in trying to break down a well-organised West Brom rearguard.
'I tried to play, we tried to play but it was a very difficult game. It was very complicated whenever I had the ball because there were two or three opponents there. We could have got one or two more goals if we had been a little smarter with our final passes.
'They had a plan to defend, as was the case when we played West Ham. It was a similar situation except at the end West Brom pushed a lot, their crowd got behind them and it became complicated.'