Southend duo set for scans

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits his team needs to be more

ruthless after seeing them held to a 2-2 draw by Southampton.

The Blues were cruising 2-0 at half-time, with Demba Ba scoring

in his first Premier League start and Eden Hazard adding a second,

with the Saints all at sea.

The introduction of Rickie Lambert proved pivotal, with

Southampton’s talisman equalising before Jason Puncheon levelled it

up to earn the visitors a superb point – while Chelsea were booed

off.

Chelsea have won just one of their last seven home games in the

Premier League and Benitez says they have to finish teams off when

they are dominant.

Benitez told

Sky Sports News: “We have to be more clinical. At 2-0 up you

have to manage the game. We have to have some experience, score the

third goal and kill the game but we didn’t do that.”

“We had chances, we had a lot of chances again. Taking our

chances has to be the key.

“We are in the top three so we will try to be as high as

possible and try to get three points in the next game – that’s

it.

“I said we would have to be more clinical and today was the

same. We had situations where we could score. We didn’t and they

broke on a counter-attack. We gave them hope they could score and

they did it.

“I was talking to the team at half-time, trying to say ‘we have

to score a third goal’.

“I think for us we cannot be happy drawing at home. I am

disappointed. When you know your players and what they can do it is

disappointing.

“We have to think how we can improve for the next one.”

Central defender Cresswell left the field with a shoulder

problem while Hurst suffered a recurrence of a back injury as Paul

Sturrock’s side missed the opportunity to host Chelsea in the

fourth round.

Sturrock is unsure as to how long the pair will be out of action

but admits he is concerned.

He told Echo News: “Until they have the scans we won’t know how

serious the injuries are.

“It doesn’t look good at the moment but we’re obviously hoping

they won’t be too bad.”

The Shrimpers boss has confirmed that midfielder Marc Laird will

be out for two to three weeks with a pulled hamstring.