Gary Cahill was delighted with the way we responded to a couple of setbacks during yesterday’s 4-2 win over Stoke City.
The Blues recorded a 13th consecutive Premier League victory against Mark Hughes’s side at Stamford Bridge, equalling the best-ever run in a single season, which was previously set by Arsenal.
Cahill opened the scoring 11 minutes before the break with a thumping header, but Stoke equalised early in the second half. They then drew level for a second time, through Peter Crouch, after Willian had restored our advantage.
‘We had to dig deep and work hard at times,’ said Cahill. ‘I thought their first goal was offside but we showed good character.
‘It’s not always going to be smooth, we’re not always going to keep clean sheets and score loads of goals. We had to dig in and we did that again and again. We never felt like we were beaten but it was a tough game, as we expected.
‘We as a group have to keep focused on what we’re doing. No game is easy in this league. We’ve had a few recently where we’ve won 1-0 at home against teams people would say we should beat. We showed character on more than one occasion and we never feel like we’re going to get beat. That’s from working hard, it doesn’t just happen. We’re delighted with the result.’
Prior to yesterday’s game we had only conceded two goals in 12 league matches, and Cahill has no concerns about the way we our defending as a team, despite the fact Stoke scored twice.
‘Look at the stats,’ he said. ‘We’re more than happy with the way we’re defending. We let two goals in but we won the game and that’s the most important thing, we just want to keep chalking them off.
‘We played some good football at times, we won the game and of course we’re pleased with that.’
Cahill also spoke about the influence of Antonio Conte during our impressive sequence of results.
‘He’s rubbing off on us,’ added the defender. ‘We all like that, we all want to go out and work hard for each other. It starts from the manager and the team he has behind him, we just want to keep it going.
‘We want to be a part of records, every players wants that. We want to go again and try to break it but to do that you have to work hard.’