Hiddink still has top-four hopes for Chelsea despite draw

Date published: Wednesday 13th January 2016 11:08

Guus Hiddink: Sent tumbling to the ground

Guus Hiddink has said Chelsea will continue to fight for a Champions League place and admitted the 2-2 draw against West Brom was “fair”.

A late goal from West Brom’s James McClean kept Chelsea 14th in the Premier League table and 12 point aways from fourth-placed Tottenham, who succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to now joint-league leaders Leicester City.

However, Hiddink refused to give up on a qualifying spot and underlined the importance of winning their games at Stamford Bridge if they are to achieve anything from this season.

“As long as it’s possible mathematically to get fourth position we will go for it. We have to win all our games, at home at least. We need an average of 2.8 points which is difficult. You have to win your games at home,” said the Dutchman in his post-match press conference.

The Blues squandered the lead on two occasions on Wednesday night, yet Hiddink still enjoyed the spectacle which saw Diego Costa come to blows with opposing Baggies players in a feisty affair.

“At the end I think it’s a fair result although in the first half, after going 1-0 up, we had a few chances to make it 2-0 which didn’t happen,” he added.

“Then we conceded an unfortunate goal, we let them penetrate too easily. They scored with two shots from outside the box, they were easy goals. The result is the result.

“The home crowd always want to win but it was a very entertaining game, high intensity, high speed and high tempo from both sides, but at the end we like to win.

“Especially with the week we have. We’re into the next round of the FA Cup and we have the Everton game on Saturday. It would have been the perfect week if we could have won all three, that was the target.”

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