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Cahill: We weren't at the races

Gary Cahill made no excuses for our defeat at West Ham yesterday and the captain stressed the need to pick ourselves up quickly with the games coming thick and fast.

The Blues conceded early at the London Stadium and despite seeing plenty of the ball thereafter, could not breach a packed West Ham rearguard that made life difficult for us.

Cahill highlighted a number of contributing factors in his assessment of the defeat.

‘We were miles off it from the start of the game,’ he said. ‘We allowed them to get the early goal, which was a poor one on our behalf, especially as we have been tight of late.

‘We had plenty of time to get back in the game, but that laboured start carried on throughout the game, I felt. We just didn’t play our stuff.

‘They got the goal, sat behind the ball and tried to hit us on the break. They wasted a bit of time but that’s clever play from them. Our passing was off, and we didn’t create as much as we have been.  

‘We were not at the races today for whatever reason. It’s very disappointing to come off and feel like that. I’m not one to make an excuse. If we played to our levels, we would have got something out of the game.’

The chance to return to winning ways comes on Tuesday when we visit Huddersfield Town for the first time in the Premier League era. Cahill’s focus is on recovery now.

‘We have been in good form of late which is why it’s so disappointing to put in a performance like that.

‘We have to reflect, we have to pick ourselves up and go again. We have to try to freshen up and get the energy levels back up.’

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