Gary Cahill acknowledged that while we could have emerged victorious from a tight game yesterday, a draw was by no means a bad result.
The captain helped us to a clean sheet on his return to domestic action, but with no breakthrough made at the other end it meant we were involved in our first goalless draw since February 2016. It leaves us with 10 points from our opening five league games.
‘It was frustrating in some ways,’ Cahill said. ‘Obviously we wanted to win the game, but if we weren’t going to win, it was important we didn’t lose. It’s a good point.
‘We tried to create. We have created more in recent games, but we were playing against good opposition. There were a couple of chances for either side. We had that Pedro chance early on, but it was cagey.
‘It felt frustrating because we were trying and trying, but they defended well and limited us to a few chances. We had a lot of the ball but couldn’t quite open them up.
‘It was a good, competitive London derby,’ Cahill added. ‘I don’t think there was too much in the game. Late on it was opening up, and maybe we could have nicked the win then, but it wasn’t to be.
‘We want to win every home game. We feel we have the ability to go for three points every time we play here, and we tried to do that, but we take the point.’