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    Antonio Conte: 'Chelsea start against Newcastle United not good enough'

    Joe Jones

    Antonio Conte has admitted that Chelsea's start "wasn't good enough" against Newcastle United but was happy to see his side go on to take all three points.

    Dwight Gayle's gave the Magpies a surprise lead in the 12th minute of Saturday's Premier League game at Stamford Bridge but Eden Hazard struck back with an angled strike nine minutes later.

    Alvaro Morata then edged the Blues ahead in the 33rd minute before Hazard wrapped up the points with a cheeky penalty in the second half after Matt Ritchie had brought down Victor Moses in the area.

    "I think our start wasn't good enough," Conte told Sky Sports after his side's 3-1 home win. "After going 1-0 down, we started to play with good intensity and good football. Our start was a bit slow.

    "We did well after only two days' rest. It was a solid performance despite the goal. We showed good motivation and good intensity. I made rotations in the game and the response of my players was positive.

    "I think that today, to play and win after two days of rest means a lot. Newcastle had the advantage with one day more of rest.

    When asked about Hazard's penalty, Conte replied: "The most important thing is to score. The player can decide to shoot in every way, but the important thing is to score, otherwise it can make me a bit angry."

    Hazard, speaking about his spot kick, said: "When I take the ball in my hands, instinct. I just want to do this. I just want the goalkeeper to move, if he doesn't move, I'm in trouble. He moved, the ball is in the middle, It was a good penalty."

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