Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, manager Marco Silva was unhappy with the Blues only manufacturing one shot on target all game long.
“There was a lack of creativity in the last moment. We can do fast things, but our players have to think in a different way as well.
“Of course we prepared to win the game, but the Premier League is always tough. You have to prove in every match and it wasn’t the best performance.
”I didn’t see a good game, and this can happen. We were too slow in possession and we have to move faster as they played to defend.
”We knew they would come here playing this way so it’s something we have to work on.”
Winger Theo Walcott, who has been in excellent form, left the game injured and now the Blues have another prominent name to their list of walking wounded and suspended. Walcott was later reported to have suffered a rib injury, with the manager saying he will be assessed in the next few days.
“We played slow in the second half and when you lose an important player like Theo, it wasn’t a great moment for us but we have to work harder.
”I think the international break is important for us. We didn’t have a lot of solutions on the bench to find creativity, and I hope in the next 10 to 15 days some of the players can return to the sessions to help us.”
With the number of important players Silva is without, he can be forgiven for hoping the international break marks a turnaround in fortunes for the Blues in the physiotherapist’s office more importantly than anywhere else.