Jussi Jaaskelainen says West Ham United's team spirit remains strong, despite Sunday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea.

The stopper was again at the top of his game, making a host of fine saves, but the Hammers were unable to take advantage as they passed up a succession of opportunities to beat his opposite number Petr Cech. Andy Carroll had one goal disallowed and had four other efforts, while substitute Carlton Cole was denied by the Czech late on.

"We did create quite a lot of chances but we need to be a bit more ruthless and punish our opponents by getting that one goal or two goals because it would make a massive difference to how we could play," the No22 told West Ham TV. "We just need to be more ruthless - otherwise we played quite well.

"I always think we win as a team and we lose as a team. If we don't score goals it's much the same as if we are conceding goals - it doesn't make any difference. It's all about how we perform as a team and how we're going to get points."

The Finn did appreciate, however, just how difficult it was for his team-mates to keep tabs on Chelsea's outstanding midfield of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Victor Moses and Frank Lampard, who opened the scoring with his 200th goal for Chelsea midway through the first half. Hazard himself added an individual second after the break to make the game safe.

Indeed, Chelsea could have added to their tally had Jaaskelainen not made two outstanding saves from former Hammer Demba Ba and a deflected effort from Hazard.

"Mata and Hazard are top-class players but the way we kept the ball in the first half wasn't good enough because we gave them chances. We were a little bit lucky not to concede more. In patches, we kept the ball well and created chances.

"We just have to keep going. We have a weekend off now and then we have to go again in a massive game against West Brom in two weeks' time."

The reigning SBOBET Player of the Month continued his recent fine form with a succession of saves and catches, but Jaaskelainen was typically modest when asked about his own performance.

"It's my job and if I didn't make those saves then somebody else would be there in my place. That's my job. We just need to go away and get that first goal and that will help us to win games. The key point is that when we get the chance away from home, we have to take it,.

"It would have been nice to get back-to-back wins and get a double over Chelsea, but now we know we have performed well in the home games and we have to keep that level up when West Brom come."

After an unwelcome 15-day break following the 1-0 win at Stoke City on 2 March, West Ham now have 13 days to prepare for the visit of West Bromwich Albion. This time around, however, Jaaskelainen said the squad would welcome the opportunity to get injured players back into the fold before a vital meeting with the Baggies.

"Sometimes you don't want to have a break - after the Stoke game we thought it would be great to have a game the next week. Now it comes at a good time because we'll get three or four players back in and we'll be stronger. Hopefully we can benefit from that.

"We just need to make sure we prepare well for the game and we look at what we need to do tactically against them to beat them. We need to keep a clean sheet and build from there,

"At the end of the day, we just need to get a positive result in our next home game."

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