Chelsea target top-four finish, says Hazard

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The Blues lost two consecutive league games to Bournemouth and Watford by three-goal margins and are not guaranteed a top-four position come May.

The fact they are increasingly likely to be relegated was worsened by the loss of Daniel Sturridge to a hamstring injury in only the fourth minute. Jay Rodriguez, on for Sturridge, had a great chance to grab an opener after an bad defensive header from Victor Moses put him through on goal, but the striker drove his shot wide of the post. The former Arsenal man had a number of early touches in the West Brom box, but couldn't quite manufacture any real chances of note. The new addition nearly immediately had a shot deflected over following a brilliant Hazard pass and a touch from Pedro, who was having his busiest and most influential game in a while.

Despite their recent troubles very few were backing West Brom to get anything from their visit to London and that's mainly because of their woeful away record since the beginning of 2017.

It is the latest in a long line of injury problems for Sturridge, who was making his second start for West Brom since joining on loan from Liverpool for the rest of the season.

"He will slowly build his stamina over the games".

In the second half, Pardew revived his team in a bid to salvage something and brought on Olivier Burke for an ineffective Chris Brunt.

Still, across 26 minutes, Giroud looked more energetic than he has done in a while, especially promising was the understanding between him and the mercurial Eden Hazard. It was Chelsea's best moment so far and a good save, and there were 17 minutes on the clock. There is only one way, to win and play good football.

Chelsea were having to hold on to their lead, with Rondon getting the better of fit-again Andreas Christensenshortly before the hour, only for his one-on-one to hit Thibaut Courtois and fly into the side-netting. We have got to win games, and score the goals to win games.

Jonny Evans got his head to the resulting corner, sending the ball spinning narrowly over the bar, but the missed chances would prove costly as the home side soon doubled their advantage.

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