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Disappointed, but Andre looks ahead

Andre Villas-Boas was immediately looking forward in the aftermath of Saturday's 4-2 defeat against Chelsea.

In a thrilling encounter at the Lane, we trailed 1-0 at half-time, hit back to lead 2-1 in the second half only to the see the Blues respond again with three goals to take the points.

A notable victory against the Premier League leaders looked on when William Gallas and Jermain Defoe struck inside the first 10 minutes of the second half, but it wasn't to be.

Andre couldn't hide his disappointment at the outcome but was determined to quickly put the result behind us and build again.

"Chelsea do not need a lot of opportunities to score and, certainly, we had as many chances to score as they did," said Andre.

"But when it went to 2-1 they managed to find the gaps between us with Mata, Hazard and Oscar and managed to get back to 2-2.

"At 3-2, we had chances to level the score and 4-2 is irrelevant because we were searching for 3-3.

"Everyone is disappointed because we wanted to go nearer to the top and this was a good chance to bring them down, but we have 30 more games ahead of us and we have to be focused and ready for them.

"We have to bounce back from adversity and improve our results again."

Andre was pleased with our response at the start of the second half.

"They don't concede lots of goals and we created lots of chances throughout the game," he added. "In the first half, when the game wasn’t as clean in terms of possession, we still had lots of chances to score.

"We're all disappointed with the result, but we’ll keep going and this will give the players the incentive to go to one more level."

Meanwhile, Andre reported that Gareth Bale missed the game for 'personal reasons'.