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Eden Hazard discusses tough Wolves test and good Chelsea spirit

Eden Hazard believes yesterday’s game against Wolves was the type we might have lost earlier in the season, though that didn’t make him any less frustrated we couldn’t secure a fourth consecutive home league win.

It was our brilliant Belgian who earned us the last-gasp draw with a powerful, well-placed finish from the edge of the box in the 92nd minute. It was his 16th goal of the campaign in all competitions and ended Wolves’ dogged resistance that had hitherto kept us at bay.

‘We knew the game would be hard,’ Hazard acknowledged afterwards. ‘We lost there three months ago.

‘We tried to move the ball in the first half, but we didn’t create a lot of chances. The second half was the same type of game. They defended very well, and we moved the ball too slowly. We tried but we didn’t create enough space.

‘When they scored we tried to give everything and at the end we scored, but at home we have to win. It’s a disappointing result.’

Despite only drawing yesterday, Hazard still feels there has been a change in mentality at the club in the last few weeks. He pinpointed the heavy defeat against Man City last month as being especially significant when it came to focusing minds for the run-in.

‘After that game we all said we needed to do it together. We had three or four months to play and we wanted to finish in the top four. That’s the main target now for us and the club.

‘The spirit has been good for the last month. We saw in the final against Man City and at home against Tottenham the spirit is good.

‘Maybe we would have lost this type of game [against Wolves] three months ago, but we drew and it’s a good point for us. Now we have a hard game away at Everton and we need to win.’

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