Andre Villas-Boas reflects positively on the three points and clean sheet earned by his Chelsea side in yesterday's 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
The Portuguese tactician praised his players for grinding out a hard-fought victory to bounce back from consecutive defeats in the Barclays Premier League, and paid tribute to the Blues' spirited performance.
"The clean sheet was important but important was to win the game no matter what," said Villas-Boas. "A 2-0 win would have been better, we were close to it, especially at the end through Fernando [Torres], but we couldn't get it and had to suffer a little bit but managed to hold on to the clean sheet.
"It is never easy to play at Ewood Park, particularly after the moment that we were going through with back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, and bearing in mind that Blackburn were desperate for points and came into it after two good results.
"It was never going to be an easy game and the difficulties that Arsenal had here showed that."
To coin a familiar footballing phrase, the 34-year-old summed up 'a game of two halves' as Chelsea were forced to weather a second-half storm, as Rovers sought a way to get back into the game.
"The first half was played with low intensity with not a lot of chances between the two teams but the second half grew in emotion and in opportunities," he continued.
"We managed to get the goal first which was important for us in terms of emotional stimulus and we fought hard to try to get the second one.
"Eventually Blackburn had some good chances towards the end and every set play you felt they were dangerous, but we managed to be brave enough to defend that.
"We needed this stimulus of a win before the international break so everybody goes away with a better feeling and ready to return for the game against Liverpool. It was good to get back to winning ways."
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