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Final whistle verdict: Fair result

Guus Hiddink reflected on what was ultimately a disappointing night for the Blues after we conceded an 86th-minute equaliser against West Bromwich Albion.

A Gareth McAuley own-goal, which was initially credited to Kenedy, looked to have proved decisive until James McClean fired past Thibaut Courtois from the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-2.

It was the second time in the game we had been pegged back, with Cesar Azpilicueta’s opening goal cancelled out by a Craig Gardner strike in the first half.

Hiddink felt we should have capitalised on our superiority in the first half.

At the end I think it’s a fair result although in the first half, after going 1-0 up, we had a few chances to make it 2-0 which didn’t happen,’ said the Dutchman. ‘Then we conceded an unfortunate goal, we let them penetrate too easily. They scored with two shots from outside the box, they were easy goals. The result is the result.

‘The home crowd always want to win but it was a very entertaining game, high intensity, high speed and high tempo from both sides, but at the end we like to win. Especially with the week we have. We’re into the next round of the FA Cup and we have the Everton game on Saturday. It would have been the perfect week if we could have won all three, that was the target.’

Kenedy replaced Pedro at the break

‘We didn’t anticipate very well on the loss of the ball (for the first goal). We are now in a period where we want to give the youngsters some chances. Kenedy’s a young guy and was involved in our (second) goal. In the last game we brought on Loftus-Cheek and every now and then they must have this experience.’

The Blues boss commented on the running battle between Diego Costa and the West Brom defenders

‘They were challenging each other. That’s their right, there was a bit of provoking but that’s their way. I didn’t see any bad things. If you have to push the players it’s difficult to survive in the Premier League. Every now and then if you have to control them it’s much better.’

Hiddink believes we need to make the most of our home matches between now and the end of the season

‘As long as it’s possible mathematically to get fourth position we will go for it. We have to win all our games, at home at least. We need an average of 2.8 points which is difficult. You have to win your games at home.’


You can watch a video of Hiddink speaking to Chelsea TV after the game below.