Nemanja Matic acknowledged the disappointment in the squad after we were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

The Blues appeared to be on course to extend our lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table to four points thanks to Branislav Ivanovic’s second goal in three games on the stroke of half-time.

However, the home side came back into the game late on and were rewarded when substitute Victor Anichebe headed an equaliser past Petr Cech four minutes from time.

‘In the first half and for 10-15 minutes in the second half we played very well but I don’t know what happened in the last 30 minutes,’ said Matic. ‘We lost our concentration and West Brom were playing long balls, we didn’t know how to deal with it and they caused us a lot of problems.

‘They scored a goal in the last few minutes but football is like that sometimes, you can win in the last minutes but you can also lose points. We had some chances to make it 2-0 which we didn’t take and it’s difficult to speak about it.

‘It’s not easy when you concede a goal with four minutes left, after that it was hard for us to do anything.

‘We are not happy because we drew 1-1, we came here to win but that’s football, that’s life. Now we have to concentrate on the next training session and next game.’

Matic started for the third game in succession, partnering Ramires in midfield, and he is enjoying his time back in the Premier League.

‘I’m very happy and I think I can improve a lot here,’ he said. ‘Every game is difficult and in every game you have to be fully concentrated. It’s a good opportunity for me to show my quality.’

While last night’s result will undoubtedly be seen as two points dropped, we remain in a strong position, albeit having played a game more than Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.

‘I said after the Man City game that we’ll fight until the end of the season,’ Matic stated. ‘We need to take it game by game and play as well as we can in order to win matches. At the end of the season we’ll see if we can be champions.

‘We always believe, we just try to improve and give our best. We have a young team, we are not favourites but if we have a chance to be champions we want to take it.’

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