Super-sub Olivier Giroud inspires stirring Chelsea fightback at Southampton

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The victory keeps alive fifth-place Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League with seven points now separating the champions from Tottenham and Liverpool above them.

Meanwhile, Conte did have words for his side's poor performance for the first 60 minutes of the contest, which saw the Blues fall 2-0 behind following goals by Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek.

"I am disappointed in the first half, I am the first to take the fault for that, but in the second half my players deserved credit".

But Giroud showed what he is capable of with a fearless near post header from Alonso's pinpoint cross to get Chelsea back in the game with his first league goal for the club and spark an incredible fightback 20 minutes from time.

"The most important thing is to show in every game the right passion and to fight until the end".

Chelsea were not much better immediately after the restart and, after failing to heed a warning courtesy of Shane Long, the Saints' lead was doubled thanks to a fine finish from Bednarek, who was making his first start for the club.

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Marcos Alonso was then lucky to escape a red card on the stroke of half-time for catching Long on the calf with a studs-first challenge. It was hard for us to come back so we must be pleased by the desire we showed. I didn't tell him we were going to score, but I believed after the first goal we scored.

"In the second half we showed great character, great reaction, great desire to win the game". He said he is the first person to take responsibility for that as the coach.

If you don't have something in your heart, it's very hard to win the game, but today I'm very happy with the second half, and very disappointed with the first.

"I'm very proud of what we did today".

We're not convinced. Players have fallen out with Conte in the past and subsequently been frozen out, a la David Luiz. It was hard for us to come back so we must be pleased by the desire we showed.

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