West Brom Boss Bilic Hails Ajayi, Teammates After Draw Vs Chelsea
Slaven Bilić expressed his satisfaction with the performance of Semi Ajayi and his West Bromwich Albion teammates despite surrendering a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 with Chelsea on Saturday.
The Baggies went three goals up at half-time but were pegged back by Chelsea to deny them a first Premier League win of the season.
And reflecting on the game, Bilić was extremely pleased with his side’s showing and praised his players’ performance levels against Chelsea.
“I’m disappointed with the result but very happy with the performance,” said Slaven.
“We knew that we would have to defend well and be focused and not give them (Chelsea) anything.
“We did all of that and we scored three goals.
“We knew at half-time, we knew that they would come out at us, but we hoped that when we had the ball they would lose a bit of shape because we knew that they had to come at us because they were behind.
“We had a few really good moments. We made them tired and we had a couple of good opportunities and maybe with a bit of luck we could have added a fourth goal.
“We defended the box really well. We limited them to shots outside the box and deep crosses. The guys were really good.
“The only mistake we made was for their second goal where we should be closer to their man.
“The first goal was great strike. The third goal is not a goal. It’s a clear handball.
“It is a handball. There’s nobody in the world who could say that it wasn’t handball. It was clear. It’s beyond me how this goal was given.
“We can take so much confidence from this performance. The boys deserved three points.
“With two minutes to go we are winning 3-2. The last goal is not a goal and that’s it.
“Of course, we will take lots of positives and build our confidence on this. But we should do that with three points in the bag. Simple as that.”
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