West Ham 3 Chelsea 1: We should have killed the game off, says Benítez
West Ham 3 Chelsea 1: Rafael Benítez rues his side's inability to score a second goal as Blues are beaten at Upton Park
Rafael Benítez rued his Chelsea side’s inability to net the crucial second goal after the Blues were beaten by West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
Juan Mata scored the first goal of the Spaniard’s Stamford Bridge reign with a left-footed finish in the 13th minute to put the visitors ahead.
But Carlton Cole headed home to draw Sam Allardyce’s side level, although Chelsea were adamant the striker fouled Branislav Ivanovic.
Mata then hit the post from a free-kick, before goals from Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga completed the reversal to leave the Blues trailing Premier League leaders Manchester United by seven points, with the Red Devils in action later at Reading.
“In the first half we could have scored two or three goals,” interim boss Benítez told Sky Sports. “You have to take your chances. Everything changed after their [first] goal. Still, we had some chances but we had to do a little bit better in the second half.
“We were losing second balls and not winning the first balls. We gave them space and the opportunity for them to go on top of us.
“The team had chances not just Fernando [Torres]. When you are attacking and controlling the game like we did in the first half you have to score goals and finish the game.”
“In the first half we deserved to score more goals, in the second half we didn’t deserve to do to much. We have to improve.
“We have to keep working, get ready for the next training sessions and try to improve things.”