Mixed emotions for Bobby after Chelsea defeat

Bobby Zamora admitted it was a case of mixed emotions following Saturday's narrow 1-0 defeat at Premiership champions Chelsea.

The Hammers striker, who fought a tough and unselfish battle as a lone striker up against his good friend and England captain John Terry for 70 minutes at Stamford Bridge, was encouraged by his team's brave performance against the Premiership champions but ultimately disappointed to come away empty-handed.

"I'm sure we've earned a lot of respect with our performance but at the end of the day we didn't get the result we wanted, so there is still a feeling of disappointment," said Bobby.

"Unfortunately we just didn't get the one break we needed in front of goal. It was a similar performance to the one against Arsenal recently, but this time we just couldn't find a way through.

"It's tough playing the lone role up front, but I thought we attacked as much as we could against one of the best teams in Europe. We put a lot of balls in the box, especially in the second half, but unfortunately it just didn't happen for us.

"We can take a lot of heart from the performance and the work ethic we put in, though, and the important thing is that we carry it on against Sheffield United next week

"The attitude and spirit among the lads is spot on at the moment and, although we've suffered a couple of defeats, it won't be long before we are winning regularly again if we keep playing as well as we did against Chelsea."