Chelsea legend explains why fans shouldn’t blame Reece James for the goal Chelsea conceded against West Ham

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Some fans blamed Chelsea right-back Reece James for the goal Chelsea conceded in the 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday.

West Ham’s goal came from James’ area as West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell cut inside and struck to score West Ham’s only goal early in the second half.

Explaining why James shouldn’t be blamed, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “There is no doubt that this open style will lead to some goals being lost.

“The game was summed up in a microcosm with Reece James. Yet again he sent in a torrent of fabulous, undefendable crosses that we just couldn’t get on the end of.

“Any striker and midfielder who sees him get on the ball on the right-hand side should not even think or even look now. He should just pin back his ears and bolt for the gap between the defenders and the goalkeeper because the ball invariably lands there, begging for a final touch.

“So with Reece delivering that quality throughout, West Ham’s one goal came from his area, though it was hard to blame him.

“He sent Aaron Cresswell inside to where we should be strong, but the left-back struck early and brilliantly before we had the chance to close the space.

“You feel cheated as a player when you do so much good, positive work in the final third and the final result comes down to a goal emanating from your defensive area.

“Reece shouldn’t change anything however, his quality of crossing is up there with the very best and it will bear more fruit as the games go by.”

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