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Benitez determined to break deadlock at Irons

Rafael Benitez admitted Chelsea were desperate for a goal but insisted scoring in their Premier League game at West Ham today would mean nothing if they do not win.

Interim manager Benitez (right) has yet to witness either event in his two matches in charge, successive 0-0 draws with Manchester City and Fulham, results which only served to compound the supporter revolt since his appointment last week.

Supporters have voiced their opposition to Benitez's appointment and displayed banners protesting at the club's choice of replacement for Roberto Di Matteo.

Chelsea also failed to find the net in Di Matteo's final game at the helm, ensuring a run of three matches without scoring for the first time since Roman Abramovich bought the club.

Benitez is the first boss of the Abramovich era not to win either of his first two games and it was the latter fact that worried the Spaniard ahead of today's trip to Upton Park.

Asked if the first goal of his reign would come as a relief, he said: "More to win than score. We are close in what we are trying to achieve in attack.

"Scoring will give us all confidence. The team needs to score and to win."

Chelsea's five-hour, 21-minute goal drought can be blamed partly on a famine for Fernando Torres, who has found the net only once in almost two months -- and that was a fluke.

In the Premier League alone, the £50million man has now gone 10 hours, 49 minutes without scoring, with the arrival of his former boss at Liverpool doing little to improve his fortunes.

Benitez admitted Torres had lost some of the lightning pace that made him one of the best strikers in the world.

That prompted former 4x100 metres Olympic champion Darren Campbell to offer to coach the 28-year-old in sprinting, having worked with the Spaniard last year.

But Benitez, who has prescribed Torres weight-training sessions to improve his strength, said: "It's interesting to have different ideas, but we have very good staff here."


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