Foster: “We Can Work Our Way Through This”
Ben Foster admitted the Hornets were not at their best against Chelsea, but said he can tell they are not far off and will be able to work through this tough patch as a team.
The goalkeeper kept his team in the game with a series of excellent saves and almost salvaged a point at the death when he went up for a free-kick, but agonisingly saw his header tipped wide by Kepa.
“To get a draw would have been an unbelievable turnaround,” he said, speaking to Added Time. “It was a really good save. I’ve never scored, and this was the closest I've ever come. Fair play to Kepa, it was a really good save. I just closed my eyes and hoped for the best.”
Foster said the team knew what threat the Blues could pose, but he was disappointed that a slow start meant they gave themselves a mountain to climb.
“Chelsea are a good team and their away record speaks for itself. They’ve beaten a lot of teams better than us,” said the goalkeeper.
“The manager said they will run free if you let them and we didn't shut the gate and box them down enough today, so we should be disappointed.
“We weren’t at our best today, I'll be honest. We're close, we know it and we believe it's not far away. We didn't get started until 2-0 down. We can't let ourselves get one or two down before getting competitive.”
Turning this situation around won’t be easy and Foster is well aware, but the experienced pro said he has seen enough to know this group is capable.
“We’ve got some talented players and we’ve switched formation of late. We’ve got the players to unlock teams. Once we get our first win under belt, we can push on,” he said.
“There's no God given right to stay in league. From what I can see we will work our way through this.”