Cech determined to improve

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Petr Cech does not think it is just Chelsea's back-four that should accept responsibility for the emphatic 5-3 defeat suffered at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday, and has urged the entire squad to work hard and bounce back in their next match.

As the Blues prepare for their UEFA Champions League encounter against Genk this evening, the 29-year-old stopper reflects on a poor collective display as the reason behind the recent Barclays Premier League humbling, and wants his teammates to use it as an incentive to produce a more solid performance next time out.

"I am extremely disappointed about the result," Cech said on his own personal website. "We made lots of errors in defending. We gave Arsenal too many chances to punish us and they took them.

"It was a result of bad defending of the entire team, outlined by individual errors. We certainly can't blame only the defenders for the goals, we played poorly as a team.

"But there is nothing we can do about it now - the only response is to win the following games."

Cech admits that he cannot recall quite such a poor defensive display since he joined Chelsea from Rennes in 2004, and takes some responsibility for failing to keep the scoreline down.

But the Czech Republic international has hit back at criticism he received for failing to stop Theo Walcott's near-post strike, which turned the game at 3-2.

"If my memory works well, this is the first time I have conceded five goals in one game," he added. "Up till this the maximum had been four.

"The last goal from Robin van Persie, from such a position I shouldn't concede goals. The ball may have changed trajectory but I should have caught it.

"As for Arsenal's third goal, I had it difficult against Walcott's shot. He aimed it precisely between me and the post and, moreover, it was a hard shot."

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