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Conor Gallagher knows Chelsea have a lot of work to do to get back to their best (Image: Getty Images)

Conor Gallagher admits Newcastle deserved to beat Chelsea on Saturday and the Blues still have a lot to do if they want to challenge for silverware again.

Joe Willock’s goal was the difference as Eddie Howe beat Graham Potter with a 1-0 win at St James’ Park.

Potter made an impressive start to his reign at Stamford Bridge, going unbeaten in his first nine games, but things have gone downhill since then, losing three Premier League games and being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Manchester City.

The defeat at Newcastle left Chelsea eighth in the Premier League and facing an uphill task to finish in the top four this season, while the title challenge appears to be over.

Gallagher, who started the game at Newcastle, knows his side have a big step up to play if they are to challenge for honors again and they need to look within themselves if they are to achieve that.

“I don’t think we were good enough and I think Newcastle deserved to win,” Gallagher said after the defeat at St James’ Park.

We have to be better and we have to look at ourselves. Physically they were stronger than us and much more intense and that is something we need to improve.

If we want to challenge for titles and things like that, then we have to be a lot better and Newcastle showed that. That’s why we have to look at ourselves, because we know that there is still a lot to improve.”

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Graham Potter has to wait until December 27 to return to action for his Chelsea side (Image: Getty Images)

Potter admitted it has been a difficult period for his side, who started with a 4-1 defeat at former club Brighton last month, but hopes the World Cup break will be beneficial.

“It was difficult. We are not in a good moment. We have to lick our wounds,” he said. “Now we have a break so we have to focus, re-energise and hopefully get some players back. It’s been an incredibly intense period.

“You have to accept the problems you’ve had and then move on. It’s a change of scenery, a change of focus and when everyone comes back we can start again.”

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