Rafa Benitez has a right to be angry, after receiving more boos from Stamford Bridge thanks to the sloppiness of Chelsea’s players.
Benitez must have thought he was on track to secure only his second home win as Chelsea boss, after the Blues cruised into a 2-0 lead against Southampton last night.
But the cheers that met Demba Ba and Eden Hazard’s goals were long forgotten by full-time, after Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon had levelled matters for the Saints.
The boos and Chelsea’s shoddy display would have made any manager irate, but Benitez claimed only to be “disappointed” by yet another toothless home performance.
"We should have won, but credit to Southampton," said Benitez.
"No, I'm not angry. I'm disappointed. When you know your players, what they can do and have to do, you're disappointed [to draw]. But I have to think about improving for the next one. That is what we do. Analysing; trying to coach players in the right way.”
Things don’t get easier for Chelsea, considering their poor home form. Their next match is a fiery London derby against visitors Arsenal on Sunday, and Rafa has called for an immediate improvement.
"We cannot be happy only drawing at home but the next game has to be totally different, another challenge," he said.
It is an irony that Chelsea’s fans want the team to win so badly, yett their negativity towards Rafa’s reign is dragging the team down at Stamford Bridge especially.
There was a season-low crowd on hand to witness their capitulation last night, and the environment grew more toxic throughout, culminating in yet more anti-Rafa chants.
And Benitez accepts that only strong home wins will change the atmosphere at the Bridge for the better.
"We have to defend as a team, as a unit, a bit better," he said.
"That's something we have to improve. The atmosphere was fine when we scored the goals. After, maybe, we needed to take these chances and attack to put them under pressure and it would have been easier for everyone, this atmosphere."