Mason Mount believes Chelsea have proved their steel in the Champions League chase.
The midfielder’s double sealed a 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday and a fifth successive win in all competitions.
It consolidated the fourth spot in the Premier League with boss Graham Potter unbeaten in his six matches since joining from Brighton last month.
Mount said: “We know we can do better, but we stuck it out, dug in and got the win. The gaffer says a lot we have got to suffer in games sometimes. We did that.
“We know as players in the game we’re not going to have the ball for the whole game. We are playing against top opposition who are going to have the ball and have chances.
“We have got to suffer through those times. I felt like we did that in the first half. The game didn’t feel right, but the most important thing was we came through and got into half-time 1- 0. Then we can take a breather, speak, and see where we could change.
They sit just a point above the relegation zone ahead of Thursday’s trip to Fulham.
Striker Ings told the club’s official website: “It’s always tough when you come off the pitch without scoring when you’ve had chances and disappoint many fans online betting on you. They’re just not going in for us at the moment.
“Credit to their keeper, I thought he kept them in the game. My header and JJ’s (Ramsey) strike were magnificent saves. If they go in, it’s a different game.
“That’s our luck at the moment but you have to keep fighting together and keep pushing.”