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Hudson-Odoi on strong Chelsea spirit and making an impact against West Brom

Callum Hudson-Odoi praised the strong mentality of the Chelsea side, after the Blues battled back from 3-0 down to claim a share of the spoils against West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

The winger was introduced as a half-time substitute at The Hawthorns and played his part as Frank Lampard’s Blues earned a point thanks to goals from three Chelsea Academy graduates in Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi himself and Tammy Abraham.

Despite the half-time scoreline, Callum insists he felt we were still in the game as he was preparing to come on for the second half and believed Mount’s early goal after the break was crucial.

‘Getting the goal through Mason early in the second half helped us, and I think we all thought that it [a comeback] was on from that point,’ explained Callum.

‘It put a lot of pressure onto West Brom from the start, and we were confident at that point. We were onto them straightaway and we knew we just had to keep pushing, keep attacking and that the goals would eventually come for us.

‘For me personally, I just wanted to come on and have an input to the game. We were direct as a team, I was allowed to run at my defender and put crosses in and I was glad we were able to get our goals.’

Hudson-Odoi was sent on at half-time by Frank Lampard along with captain Cesar Azpilicueta, with the pair spending most of the interval out on the pitch warming up ahead of the second half.

The message in the Chelsea dressing room was clear though: We can still get something from this game.

While many from the outside presumed the points would be staying with the Baggies, Callum and his Chelsea team-mates certainly thought otherwise.

‘We definitely felt we were still in the game,’ said Callum. ‘No matter what the score is, in football you always feel like you have a chance to turn things around.

‘At half-time we all said the same thing, we need to keep our heads up and get back out there and get the goals we need to turn the game around as quick as possible.

‘We needed the goals to get something from this game and I think we all thought we could turn this around. Even for me while I was warming up, I felt that if we kept playing the way we were doing, continued to work hard and attacked then I felt we could get our goals. Luckily we managed to do that.

‘We showed great character to turn things around Unfortunately we couldn’t get the win, but given that we were 3-0 down we will take the point and move on.’

Thiago Silva made his Premier League debut for Chelsea at The Hawthorns, while fellow summer additions Kai Havertz and Timo Werner also both started for the Blues.

With plenty of healthy competition for places at Stamford Bridge, our flying winger feels that the dynamic of the squad is looking good and has praised the spirit within the group.

‘I think you can see how good the spirit is here,’ added Hudson-Odoi. ‘All the new boys that have come into the squad have gelled really well.

‘They are improving us as a side, they’ve all been working really hard in training and they show out on the pitch that they are quality players.

‘We all have the right mentality and the right spirit to go on and win games. The start wasn’t the best, we know that, but we showed what we are all about by turning the game around and leaving with a point. The new players have played their part and they’ve come in and bought into the mentality that we have at this club.’

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