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Guus Hiddink: Why I replaced Pedro with Robert Kenedy at half-time against West Bromwich Albion


Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says young players can enjoy regular football this season.

19-year-old Robert Kenedy was impressive last night against West Bromwich Albion after taking over from Pedro as he was involved in the move that led to the second goal and went close to score a third late in the second half.

And the Dutchman is eager to give experience to the young players of his team.

"At the end I think it's a fair result," Hiddink told reporters.

"Although in the first half, after going 1-0 up, we had a few chances to make it 2-0 which didn't happen. Then we conceded an unfortunate goal, we let them penetrate too easily.

"They scored with two shots from outside the box, they were easy goals. The result is the result.

"The home crowd always want to win but it was a very entertaining game, high intensity, high speed and high tempo from both sides, but at the end we like to win.

"Especially with the week we have. We're into the next round of the FA Cup and we have the Everton game on Saturday. It would have been the perfect week if we could have won all three, that was the target.

"As long as it's possible mathematically to get fourth position we will go for it. We have to win all our games, at home at least. We need an average of 2.8 points which is difficult. You have to win your games at home.

"We are now in a period where we want to give the youngsters some chances. Kenedy's a young guy and was involved in our [second] goal. In the last game we brought on Loftus-Cheek and every now and then they must have this experience."

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