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Cahill: A superb performance

Gary Cahill was delighted with Chelsea’s display against West Brom as we dominated the vast majority of the game at the Hawthorns to record our fourth consecutive Premier League victory.

First-half goals from Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso put us well in control at the interval, before Hazard completed his brace after the break to round off a convincing 4-0 win.

‘I have to admit it was a superb performance from us, from every single player, and collectively we are very happy,’ said the Blues skipper. ‘I felt we played some good football, we kept the ball when we needed to and we scored goals. We saw a bit of everything from us, so performance-wise it was very, very good.

‘We were away from home so we expected to be under a bit of pressure, especially early on, and they did come out of the traps pretty quick. We had five or 10 minutes where we had to get hold of the game, but I thought we dealt with that very quickly and once we had control of the game, we went from strength to strength.

‘I’m sure they found it very difficult to play against us, we always seemed to have an option to get out of trouble and there was a lot of composure on the ball, which allowed us to keep it for long periods.

‘So it was a great team performance, one we have kind of been waiting for, and the scoreline we have been kind of waiting for, so we’re delighted.’

The result lifted us temporarily into second place in the table before Manchester United’s win over Newcastle on Saturday evening. With their local rivals also victorious, the gap between us and leaders Manchester City remains nine points, but Cahill insists there is still all to play for in the title race.

‘They’ve started off full steam ahead and that’s great for them, but we’re not even at Christmas yet, so let’s just hold fire and see how they get on,’ he said, referring to City’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

‘They look fantastic at the moment and we have taken a fair bit of criticism at times this season, but we’ve had three clean sheets on the bounce in the league now, it was a great performance and we’ve got a long way still to go.’

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