Pardew hopeful over Sturridge injury; West Brom man 'distraught'

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"I think my players are getting used to these rumours, to this speculation, but for sure I am very happy with the commitment of my players, the behaviour of my players because they show me every day they want to overcome this situation".

'I think he played very well in the last 30 minutes with great personality, with great spirit.

Alan Pardew, the West Bromwich Albion manager, said Daniel Sturridge was "distraught" after limping off with yet another injury after just three minutes of action against his former club at Stamford Bridge.

"We forced Giroud to play because we had Morata injured, and it was important to have a point of reference like him on the pitch".

Giroud passed up a huge opportunity to mark his Stamford Bridge bow in Chelsea blue with a goal when his weak right-footed effort was easily smothered by goalkeeper Ben Foster on 20 minutes. Conte remains able to put together a respectable season for Chelsea with a top-four finish and a good run in one or two of the cups, but it is unlikely that the doubts over his future will go away.

Chelsea's next fixture is an FA Cup tie with Championship outfit Hull City this Friday.

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"We need him up and running as it's goals we've struggled with", he said.

"It's very important to feel the fans appreciating my work here at Chelsea".

"In many ways, we've done a decent job tonight, but the scoreline reflects the season - there's been games we've had great control over, we didn't here but we have in other games, but we can't just seem to get the goals to give us the win. We are Chelsea", the Belgian remarked.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was extremely pleased to see his team finally claim a win after successive defeats that had them temporarily drop out of the top four.

Expectedly, Twitter was the place to be as fans flocked to the platform to not just praise Antonio Conte's men, with Eden Hazard quite clearly being the toast of the town, but also to cruelly troll Daniel Sturridge. I know people support us and support me.

And Chelsea made them pay when Olivier Giroud, on his first start for the Blues, set up Hazard who rifled the ball into the corner. He can be the difference for us to get a goal out of nothing.

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