Olivier Giroud believes the “most important thing was the three points” after he scored the only goal to overcome a dogged Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The Frenchman scored his sixth goal in 10 appearances to help Chelsea leapfrog Leicester City and Manchester United respectively and move into 3rd place.
Chelsea lost 3-0 against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday and Giroud admitted that they felt added pressure against the Canaries.
“We really wanted to bounce back,” Giroud said. “We played a good team in Sheffield [United] and they play their game very well.
“They’ve been so efficient in front of goal, we made mistakes and we’ve just tried not to do it again.
“So the focus and determination to do well was very high. The team cohesion was good and the most important thing was the three points.”
The Blues played at a much slower tempo than usual against Norwich and Giroud squandered a number of opportunities before breaking the deadlock.
Giroud released a cry of anger when missing his third chance of the game but his persistence made the difference for Chelsea.
“I missed some chances that I don’t usually miss and I think I lacked a bit of confidence,” Giroud said.
He added: “But my desire to score was even bigger so I tried to stay focused. It was a great cross from Christian and I just anticipated well to score the header.
“I always believe in working hard and that is my motto, so I’m very pleased with that goal tonight to help the team win the game.
“We created a lot of chances but it was important to score before half time. We should’ve scored more goals, we had a lot of possession. I think the team was a bit under pressure because we know we need that win.”