AVB has Chelsea spirits raised

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is in high spirits following the 3-0 win over Newcastle at The Sports Direct Arena.

With pressure mounting on the former Porto boss, goals from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge helped push the Blues back into the Barclays Premier League top four.

Despite Frank Lampard's missed penalty, AVB was more than happy with the nature of the victory, altough admitted the 3-0 scoreline might have flattered his side to some extent.

"It was a good, solid performance for the whole 90 minutes. To find this inner belief and strength today given recent results was the key," Villas-Boas told the official Chelsea website post-match.

"3-0 was probably slightly excessive, but we were coming up against a team on a great run and with one of the best defences in the league, we did fantastically well, and it was the fairest of results."

Fortune was very much on the side of Villas-Boas' men, with David Luiz controversially avoiding a red card in the fourth minute of the match. It was a decision that could have gone either way, and Mike Dean's decision didn't sit well with Toon boss Alan Pardew.

"It was a major incident for sure. The decision went our way, and I can understand if Alan [Pardew] isn't happy about it," added Villas-Boas.

"However, we have had plenty of decisions go against us this season, from the offside goals at Old Trafford, to penalties we should have been given against Bayer Leverkusen and Liverpool.

"For them, it looked like a red card, but the decision went our way."

On his own players, Villas-Boas was eager to not give too much credit to the individuals in the team, but admitted that the performance of England striker Daniel Sturridge was a pleasing one.

"Daniel is progressing and, for sure, it was a great performance, but it would be unfair of me if I didn't praise all of my players. We have full belief in them, and it was a much deserved win," he concluded.

"With two massive games on the horizon such an emphatic win couldn't have come at a better time, and the manager is only too aware of how quickly the tide can turn in football.

"We have a major game against Valencia on Tuesday and if we win it, we will be in the right emotional level to take on Manchester City next week and attempt to shorten the distance at the top of the table."

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