Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted he was not shocked by the 1-0 home loss that his side suffered on Saturday against London rivals West Ham.
The former Chelsea midfielder is instead disappointed that his team lost a good opportunity to move further up the ladder, especially after dominating the match.
Despite being in control for most of the game, it was the visitors who made the most of their few chances as the hosts struggled to break down a stubborn defense at the other end.
Lampard now wants to see his team react to the defeat in the right way in their next match against Aston Villa.
"Shocked isn’t the word," he said after the match. "I think the Premier League is what it is, no game is easy or given to you. I’m disappointed with it rather than shocked,"
"Generally, collectively, we can handle that game better, and I think that is part of the process. I don’t think this will be the worst thing for us, as long as we react in the right way, because I keep hearing positive great stories about us over the last six or eight weeks,"
"I always try to close my ears to them because I don’t like them because I understand what this league is and the fight that we’re in over the course of the season and there will be moments like this,"
Lampard pointed out the need to be critical in the final third, noting that it has cost them matches including Valencia and now the West Ham tie.
"We were below par in many parts of our game, it’s not one, but we didn’t do enough in the final third. That’s been a little bit of the story in our last three games. They were different, with Man City we got in the final third a lot and didn’t do quite enough with our choice of pass or cross or shot, similar to Valencia,"
This was Chelsea's second consecutive loss in the Premier League, having gone down 2-1 away to Manchester City last week.
The loss means the Blues remain rooted on fourth spot on 26 points, 14 off league leaders Liverpool, who are on 40.