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Inside Chelsea’s frustrated dressing room as Graham Potter offers stern warning



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The Chelsea dressing room was frustrated following the draw with Everton and Graham Potter has offered a stern warning about conceding goals.

It was a disappointing result for the Blues as they came away with just a point from their game against Sean Dyche’s side on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

The first half was largely controlled by the hosts, but they had little to show for it going into the interval. In the second half though they quickly found their rhythm, Joao Felix netted his second goal in a Chelsea shirt to break the deadlock.

Christian Pulisic had the ball in the back of the net moments later, but Felix was had strayed offside in the build up so the goal was ruled out.

Having failed to add daylight between themselves and the visitors, Chelsea found themselves pegged back level as Abdoulaye Doucoure headed home from a corner.

The lead was quickly restored by west London side though, Reece James was tackled to the ground by James Tarkowski in the box which saw Chelsea given a penalty. Kai Havertz delivered from the spot and picked up his third goal in as many games.

Ruthlessness from the Blues was lacking though, and in the 89th minute the visitors were able to snatch a late goal and a point courtesy of Ellis Simms.

Coming off the back of such a positive week that saw Chelsea pick up three straight wins, these dropped points come as a huge disappointment.

Following the game head coach Potter touched on the frustrating nature of the result. He said: “I would say all four. A good summary, that. Were you in there? That’s exactly what it was. The boys are disappointed.

“I will keep the conversation private but the boys were frustrated because they put a lot into the game and wanted to win.

“As I said, performance-wise, it was quite strong but we’re really frustrated because we can’t concede the goals we did and expect to win games.”

Heading into the international break, Potter will have time to work with the players who aren’t representing for their countries and will be wanting to see big improvements when the Blues take on Aston Villa at the beginning of April.