Cahill: Strong finish

After the Blues produced a fantastic fight back to beat Southampton 3-2, Gary Cahill feels the result can give us the impetus we need to finish the season well.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to superbly head our first after we had gone 2-0 down, with Eden Hazard pulling us level five minutes later. Giroud then scored the winner as we overturned a two-goal deficit to win a Premier League game for the first time since August 2002.

Cahill acknowledged that our first-half display was not good enough, but believes the character shown by the players to take all three points will stand us in good stead ahead of next Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against the Saints.

‘We played poorly in the first half, gave them the edge and they went 1-0 up,’ said the Blues skipper. ‘To get the second one could have been a killer for us, so that’s an important three points for morale and the feeling going into next week.

‘I don’t want to speak negatively, but it’s very difficult [to finish in the top four] when the gap is what it is. For top teams to drop that many points is unlikely, but we have to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can, and obviously we have got the semi-final next week, as well as the midweek game against Burnley who have been fantastic this season, so we know that’s going to be tough. It’s our responsibility to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can and we needed that win today.’

Cahill reserved praise for Giroud’s match-winning performance from the bench.

‘The first goal was massive,’ he said. ‘I think because of the situation Southampton find themselves in at the moment, being 2-0 up was a big confidence boost for them, but when they conceded they maybe got a little bit shaky and feared the worst.

‘Credit to Olivier, he had a massive impact when he came on – he was fantastic and got the goals we needed.’