Rafael Benitez has admitted Chelsea were desperate for a goal but insisted scoring in their Barclays Premier League game at West Ham would mean nothing if they did not win.

Interim manager Benitez has yet to witness either event in his two matches in charge, successive bore draws with Manchester City and Fulham. Chelsea also failed to find the net in Roberto Di Matteo's final game at the helm, ensuring a run of three matches without scoring for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

Benitez is also the first boss of the Abramovich era not to win either of his opening two games. But the manager said: "More to win than score. The team needs to score and to win. We are close in terms of what we are trying to achieve in attack. The team has improved the shape in defence, but we need to be a bit quicker in attack."

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