NATHAN Redmond believes Norwich City paid the ultimate price for a poor start to Tuesday's Barclays Premier League meeting with champions Chelsea at Carrow Road.
The Canaries fell behind in the opening minute when Kenedy struck from distance, before Diego Costa put the visitors 2-0 in front from an offside position as half-time neared.
Although Redmond himself pulled a goal back after the interval with a fine rifled finish, it wasn't to prove enough as Guus Hiddink's side held off some late home pressure to take the points.
Speaking to Norwich City TV after the game, the 21-year-old winger said: "Conceding when we did, we didn't really give ourselves much of a chance.
"In the first half I thought we played quite well, but conceding in the first 50 seconds didn't give us a leg to stand on. We came out in the second half with some instructions from the gaffer, which we implemented.
"We stretched Chelsea from the front a lot more, however everything stems from the first half. We want to do well as a squad to to stay up, so we're all fighting for each other.
"Today, we didn't give ourselves the best chance from the start."
Redmond insists there is nothing to be gained from dwelling on the disappointment however, with a significant clash away to Swansea City on the horizon this coming weekend.
"We've got to keep plugging away at it, and keep believing in one another," he explained.
"If we stick together then the wins will come soon. Every game is important; we treat each one as our last one.
"Swansea is the next game, which makes it massive. The last ten matches are all crucial for us, and the belief is definitely still there.
"We believe if we work hard for each other then we'll give ourselves the best chance possible."