West Brom 1 Chelsea 0: We just weren’t good enough, admits AVB
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas concedes his side were outplayed by West Brom as they stuttered to their seventh league defeat
Andre Villas-Boas had no choice but to admit his side were undone by a West Bromwich Albion performance that was “far superior” to Chelsea’s as the Blues lost ground in the race for fourth place at the Hawthorns.
Gareth McAuley capped a spirited display from the home side when he tapped in the winner from Liam Ridgewell’s shot-cum-cross with eight minutes to play to once again heap pressure on Chelsea’s Portuguese coach.
And Villas-Boas, whose side remain in fifth after falling three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, conceded Chelsea’s seventh league defeat of the season was a “big disappointment”.
“Full credit to West Brom for a magnificent game, but we weren’t good enough,” said Villas-Boas after the game.
“They won every first ball and every second ball. They were far superior and it was a big disappointment because we didn’t build on the win against Bolton. It was a poor, poor display.
“We had an edge after the first 10 minutes when we had a couple of chances and we managed to get behind West Brom’s defence.
“One goal then would have given us extra motivation and drive but to be fair, I don’t think we deserved it because during the 90 minutes West Brom also had their chances and managed to create us lots of problems. There was a good intensity in their game and we weren’t good enough.”
Meanwhile, West Brom boss Hodgson, whose side are now ninth in the table, came out in support of the under-fire Chelsea boss after the game.
“I sympathise and empathise [with Villas-Boas’ position],” said Hodgson. “The day when we football coaches, particularly those of us who have experience realise that football does have two sides to its coin, it’s not unmitigated success.
“There are moments of failure you have to come to terms with in your career, justified, mertited or not, it doesn’t matter.
“The day we don’t stand up for each other, identify, sympathise with other managers it will be a sad day.”