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Chelsea might have produced a wonderful second-half performance to beat Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, but skipper Gary Cahill acknowledged after the game that our first-half display was not good enough.

However, he believes the character shown by the players to take all three points will help the team ahead of next Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against the Saints.

We played poorly in the first half, gave them the edge and they went 1-0 up,” said the Blues skipper.

“To get the second one could have been a killer for us, so that’s an important three points for morale and the feeling going into next week.

“I don’t want to speak negatively, but it’s very difficult [to finish in the top four] when the gap is what it is. For top teams to drop that many points is unlikely, but we have to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can, and obviously we have got the semi-final next week, as well as the midweek game against Burnley who have been fantastic this season, so we know that’s going to be tough.

“It’s our responsibility to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can and we needed that win today.”

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