Nigeria’s Moses regrets winless Chelsea debut

Karim Farouk, Tuesday 18 Sep 2012

The Blues' new striker came on as a second-half substitute in a scoreless draw against QPR

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Jose Bosingwa (R) of Queens Park Rangers tries to block a shot by Victor Moses of Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at Loftus Road in London, September 15, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Nigerian striker Victor Moses made his debut for Chelsea against Queens Park Rangers last Saturday, but couldn’t help his teammates grab full points from the game.

The 21-year-old striker, who joined the Blues last month from Wigan, came off the bench in the 58th minute, replacing Ryan Bertrand.

“I played around 25 minutes. We did very well when I came on and I just tried to help the team as best as I could. Unfortunately we only ended up with a point, but it's still a good result away from home; it was a battled point,” he told Chelsea TV.

The draw halted Chelsea’s perfect start to the season; they currently top the Premier League table with 10 points after four weeks.

“Everyone expected us to win, but that's football. It's a derby game as well, they were playing at home, they gave it 100 per cent and wanted to win the game, but we came out with our own tactics and tried to win the game. Now we'll just look forward to the next match.

“We had a lot of chances; we didn't take them but hopefully in the next game we'll be able to capitalise on that,” he added.

Coach Roberto Di Matteo switched his style of play to 4-3-3, lining up Moses on the right and Eden Hazard on the left behind striker Fernando Torres.

“When I came on we were playing 4-2-3-1, but the manager pulled me back and said we were switching to 4-3-3. The first chance I had, I just wanted to take the defender on. There was a bit of a deflection but the goalkeeper made a great save.

“After that, I set up another chance for Hazard, but he wasn't able to connect with it properly. We should be happy with the point we took,” he concluded.

Moses will now be looking forward to make a bigger impact especially with Chelsea being tested by Italian Champions Juventus in their opening game of the Champions League group stage, on Wednesday.

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