19/04/2018 7:45 pm
|Barnes (64)||Long (og 20), Moses (69)|
Following Burnley’s sterling run of form, as we put ourselves into a battle with Arsenal for European contention this year, we welcomed Antonio Conte’s Chelsea to Turf Moor for last night’s Premier League clash.
Unfortunately for us, Chelsea maintained their push for a top-four finish as they took a 2-1 victory on the evening.
They took the lead in the 20th minute as Kevin Long was credited with an own goal, but Ashley Barnes hit back as he deflected in a Johann Berg Gudmundsson effort in the second half to tie the scores up. Victor Moses did snatch what become the winner though.
Sean Dyche’s side continue to sit in seventh place in the table and we remain on course for European football with an eight-point advantage over Leicester City so although there is disappointment we couldn’t keep our unbeaten run going, the loss isn’t a huge blow and it doesn’t define our season. Hopes continue to be high as they should be as barring a complete loss of form now we do look set for Europa League qualifiers even if we can’t pip Arsene Wenger’s side into Group entry.
We will have one eye on Southampton and the FA Cup.
Speaking to the BBC the gaffer explained.
“I was really pleased. Against the top sides it is a different kind of feel. Seen the money they have spent? We have moved forward a long way but there is still a gap between us and the top six. They are bringing Eden Hazard on as a sub. You can’t forget you are playing against the top end of the market.”