Former Chelsea star reveals the attitude of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge after the shock defeat to Bournemouth

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Chelsea were expected to beat struggling Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last weekend, but the Blues lost the game 1-0 with Dan Gosling scoring a late goal for the away side.

The defeat was a frustrating one for the fans as our grip on top four is no longer strong.

However, former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin who was at the stands for that game has now revealed just how the Chelsea fans on ground reacted to the loss.

According to Nevin, the fans around him were disappointed but yet patient and understands that the team’s progress will take time.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “There was however one thing that did hugely surprise me and it was pretty humbling. A good number of the fans around me could read the game fantastically well from that angle too, even in the second half when most of the play was 100 yards away up at the Matthew Harding End. Chelsea fans know their stuff.

“Maybe even more than that tactical understanding, what came across was the deeper understanding of what the team and the manager is trying to do and of course, the fact that there were always going to be downs as well as the ups with the new regime. There was frustration and disappointment of course, we all want our Chelsea to win, but I didn’t witness a moment of anger aimed towards the team, the players or the management at any point. This attitude carried on even as we all filed out after the defeat.

“It wasn’t even just that defeat of course, there was Everton and West Ham to add on top of that, but still there is an acceptance of the journey and the fact that it isn’t going to be an easy one.”

Nevin however, also warned that football at the top level is no longer patient as he added: “The games never seem to get any easier and the pressure never eases for our lads. Maybe this more than anything else is what our young guns have to learn to deal with this season.

“High expectations every week, even if it is mostly from the manager and from themselves, is what football is like at this level. I know now that the fans understand that as well as anyone and maybe they can afford to be a little patient, but football at the top level rarely is. And that is just the way it has to be if you are going to get to the very pinnacle one day.”

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