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Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2018

In fact, the West Londoners were counting their stars for having ended the first-half with 11 men on the pitch for Marcos Alonso's ugly stamp on Shane Long had gone unnoticed by the match officials.

"The beginning of the game is not what we wanted, not what we expected, but in football you always have the opportunity to step up and bounce back".

"They must have great respect for this badge, they don't have to play for the coach".

"I am disappointed in the first half, I am the first to take the fault for that, but in the second half my players deserved credit".

I hope that the increasingly isolated Conte rests many first team players for the Thursday night trip to Burnley.

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Conte admitted his side had delivered a "very disappointing" first-half performance at St Mary's in his post-match interview but added his praise for his players' response. But his second-half efforts were a stark contrast when he demanded possession and showed real drive, typified by his surge into the box when he smashed the ball home to make it 2-2.

Less than 10 minutes later, Conte's men were in the lead through a strike from Hazard and another from Giroud, earning a much-needed three points. "We didn't show great spirit, desire, will to fight to win this game".

When questioned if he was preparing for the 2018/19 season, Conte paused before responding: "The most important thing is to be focused on the present".

That goal was quickly followed by the equaliser, with Willian's low cross from the left finding Hazard, who was able to take a touch before firing home from inside the area to spare his side's blushes.

"There is a situation where we have to think about the present, to work very hard and try and improve your future".

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